UJW kits out sewing graduates with new skills
The Union of Jewish Women’s (UJW’s) Sewing Empowerment School, established in 2010, held its graduation on 15 December with a fashion show, certificates, prizes, and lunch attended by students, families, and executive members.
The school was created to help alleviate South Africa’s most pressing problems – skills development and poverty. Since then, more than 85 students have graduated with new skills. Some of them have found employment in the industry and others are working for themselves. Generous donors enable the UJW to run the school, giving students greater opportunities and the ability to earn a small income.
Students come to the four-month intensive sewing course hardly able to switch on a sewing machine and complete the course with enthusiasm and skill. Talented teacher Chido Tsodzo guides them through the programme with patience and care, supported by dedicated manager Ariane Heneck. The production team is made up of former students, who are ready for all participants’ sewing requirements.