After a few months of preparation and planning, the first sewing class was held today in Grande Saline. Centre Couture de Rossignol (CCR) has two teachers and, according to the plan made by a CCR committee in Grande Saline, will consist of three classes of students. Each class will meet three days a week for about an hour and a half each day. The students must complete four six-month sessions in order to graduate from the program. Participants will pay a small monthly fee that will help to support some of the school expenses.
Below you can see a picture of some of the donated supplies that we took to Haiti and some images from the first class. Each student was given a pencil and paper so they could take some notes. The teacher gave a presentation to the class and then the students were introduced to the machine.
The six solar-powered (thanks Dr. Gay and ETM Solar Works!) sewing machines, material, and sewing supplies (scissors, measuring tape, thread, etc.) were donated by many Health for Haiti supporters (and carried to Grande Saline by the July 2016 Health for Haiti team). Thank you to all of the Health for Haiti community members who donated supplies and thank you to MHJ (Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, http://findingthetreasure.org/) for donating supplies and new sewing machines. A very special thank you to Sharon and the Poverty Busters Giving Circle (https://changegangs.com/) for the generous donation that made the creation of CCR possible.
Health for Haiti is excited about partnering with the community in Grande Saline to create and support CCR, and we look forward to following the progress of the students as they work to master this valuable skill. Future donations of fabric and sewing supplies will be much appreciated! : )