Through the MCC-supported Episcopal Church of Sudan’s Mother’s Union tailoring project in Juba, South Sudan, women such as Flora Lino are gaining skills that they can use to build a brighter future for themselves and their children.
Staying close to their mothers, children become familiar with sewing machines and the sights and sounds of a sewing class. Ester Keji, 2, explores the mechanical aspects of a sewing machine while her mother Jerisa Muro is busy with her hand stitching.
Tailoring instructor Mustafa Atrima shows the dress to students. In addition to teaching students how to sew and training them in life and business skills, leaders urge graduates to continue to come to the center for encouragement and further assistance as needed.
The program has already made a difference for graduates such as Rose David, who finished the program in 2010 and now sews at her home. Before, David says, “when the children came home from school, we had nothing to eat.” Now that she is working, her children have enough food and can receive medical care, when needed. Read more about this effort and MCC’s work in South Sudan in the fall issue of MCC’s magazine, A Common Place. David is shown with her children, (back row) Daniel, 7, Elizabeth, 10, Samson, 1, Nelson, 13, (front row) Moses, 6, and Ester, 3.