“Keep them Singers Singing” is the name of our latest project in Tanzania, funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales in Africa Grant Scheme, administered by WCVA.
The project is summed up by this picture of trainees from Singu Tailors in Kiabakari, who share this old Singer machine, and together use it for over 8 hours every day.
The project has already trained local 8 “fundis” or expert mechanics to help tailors to maintain the machines we have sent. The fundis will repair broken and worn out machines which really do suffer from the dusty conditions in this part of Tanzania.
This project means that we urgently need more volunteers in our sewing machine workshop in Abergavenny. We have recently sent 154 machines to Tanzania, the container arrived in Mwanza in February. These machines are now being distributed to tailors groups in three different regions of Tanzania.
Presently due to Covid, further training has been put on hold, but the tailors are making full use of their new machines, and training will continue as soon as the situation improves.
We still need plenty more machines
Please contact us if you have a machine to donate – Thanks!