Sewing Machine Project

The project seeks to provide graduates of the sewing program at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre with their own sewing machines so that they’re able to earn a living.
The Problem

Many Nepali women in rural areas live in extreme poverty without any means of improving their situation. Nepali women in general are still expected to be subservient, are given inferior education in comparison to men, and work for less pay. They are often abused emotionally and physically, which further contributes to their poor self-image and low personal expectations. 

The Project

Tailoring has been an effective way of empowering rural women in Nepal. The Lydia Vocational Training Centre teaches sewing, literacy, and other practical skills. The Centre provides a sewing machine and sewing kit for each of its graduates. This gift enables them to generate an income and provides for the needs of their families. 

“I feel so fortunate to be at Lydia. I’ve learned so much more than how to sew and this will help me for the rest of my life. My future looks a lot brighter.”


How Your Gift Helps!

Your support will help Nepali women overcome the daily discrimination they face by giving them the opportunity to improve their situation through education and skills training. The gift of a sewing machine offers a woman the opportunity to sew clothes for her family, earn a fair wage, and gain status in her community. Thanks to some generous donors who pay all our overhead, 100% of your gift will be sent to the Lydia Vocational Training Centre for the Sewing Machine Project!

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The total cost of the project is $18,500 per year. This includes the teachers’ salaries, 44 sewing machines ($200 each), irons, ironing boards, scissors, paper cutters, thread boxes, measuring tapes, material, draft scales, pencils, etc.

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Charity Number: #12994 3072 RR0001