Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Hand Up.
Our Sewing Circle girls worked in collaboration with one of SA’s top local designers, Milo Bloom, on a wedding dress for the Stern’s Bridal show: 12 rings – 12 dresses. We are so excited to have introduced our project to the mainstream fashion world and are looking forward to further involvement and opportunities for our youth. Thank you Milo, Sterns, Foshini Group and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2016!
The SIYP Sewing Circle project is a Pilot programme to be launched in January 2016, aimed at assisting disadvantaged youth to develop work skills and life skills that will capacitate them to become empowered and independent. By providing these youth with skills and opportunities needed to generate income and participate in the economy, the organisation believes that the Sewing Circle project will encourage entrepreneurship and thereby contribute greatly to the reduction of poverty in South Africa.
It is important to note here that Salesian Institute Youth Projects Sewing Circle project will provide an opportunity for disadvantaged and at risk youth, to be trained in a vocational skill, in order to make them ‘employable’. To teach them the social and life skills to successfully reintegrate into civil society and to provide all its graduates with the best possible potential for entrepreneurship should they wish to be self employed and the confidence and encouragement to reach for further opportunities in the form of apprenticeships, internships and further training opportunities.
Of primary importance is the budget which will see our Sewing Circle project gain traction and grow. Whilst the Sewing Circle Project will be funded in the first year by Salesian Institute Youth Projects, it is the aim of our organisation to connect with current corporate donors as well as Trust and Foundation partners to assess the potential to have the Sewing Circle project fully funded at the end of the three year cycle and self sustainable. SIYP will also source mentors, and source long term donors of gifts in kind, including machinery fabrics.