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Once again, Workaid is participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This year we are focusing on improving the quality of what we do in Zambia.
Last year with our exclusive partners, the Vwila Foundation ran a pioneering pilot programme at the Lusaka Youth Resource Centre (LYRC). There, tailoring tutors were trained by a qualified local teacher to gain an accredited skill in sewing machine repair and maintenance. This pilot was a great success enabling the teachers to pass on their new skills to 20 tailoring trainees. Almost all of these have since found gainful employment or set up businesses.
Programme roll out . . .
We want to roll the programme out to those teaching tailoring at a further 10 vocational training centres. In turn, this means a further 100 trainees will learn these vital skills each year. Though the manual Singer machines we send to vocational training centre are durable, a proportion becomes unusable due to general wear and tear of constant use so need maintenance and repairs from time to time. Since Workaid’s foundation, we’ve sent almost 24,000 sewing machines to Africa, but feedback tells us that a percentage fall into disuse each year, many with eminently fixable problems like over-oiling.