Partner: The National Evangelical Outreach (NEO) Kenya
In the Kenyan community that once inspired Mission ONE founder, Bob Schindler, to establish the organization in 1988, a sewing project transforms the lives of vulnerable women and overcomes barriers to restore their hope and humanity in Christ.
Many women in Kenya face unimaginable hardships as they are marginalized by the men who hold power in their communities. Often subject to abuse and violence, many of these women are forced into a life of prostitution in order to make a living, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexually-transmitted diseases, and gender-based violence. Still, many women feel resigned to this destructive path as the only option to make ends meet for their families, though it makes them feel worthless, unloved, and desperate.
Together with our partners, we have started a sewing ministry for vulnerable women in the community which allows them to learn sewing skills in a safe, Christian environment. This ministry specifically targets women in the hardest places— including those who are orphans and homeless. In addition to teaching sewing skills, the program also provides them with a small income so the pressure of providing for their families during the six-month training does not cause them to drop out and return to prostitution or other undignified means.
This sewing ministry hopes to give these women a place to call their own, where they feel loved, wanted, and supported. Just as Jesus calls us to love and help orphans and widows, we hope to instill in these women a sense of value and ownership over their own bodies, minds, and humanity, encouraging them to pursue a flourishing life outside of a man’s sole support.
Employ three sewing teachers to train 12 women in the first year.
100% of the women will complete the training in six months, with 80% securing a job within five months of graduation.
100% of the women will be given dignified avenues to pursue an income through sewing.
- Funds have been sent for 12 women to begin training.
- Funds have been sent to purchase practice paper and training materials.
- Sewing machines were purchased to accommodate more women.