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Fount of Mercy
March 30, 2011

Sewing Hope's approach of training teachers within existing community groups is a sustainable model for development. Sewing Hope's founder, Tara Hawks is dedicated to helping Ugandan women gain vocational skills so that they can earn a living for their families. With this end goal in mind, she constantly questioning her approach and seeking feedback from students to ensure that her efforts are effective. Other organizations that I encountered while in Uganda, were only distributing machines but not providing training. Sewing Hope, provides specialized vocational training by expert volunteers so the machinery is used to it full potential and is properly cared for over time.

With Tara Hawks now working full time, I believe Sewing Hope has clear goals and is on track to keep growing and expanding.


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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

After 2 weeks teacher training with a group called Care and Share, we presented only our 2 best students with certificates for the completion the course. Along the way we had to ask 2 women to leave because they were not skilled enough for the training and identified 2 more that with considerable leadership skills, who we hoped could train with us later. Our tough decisions paid off because we helped the group identify their strongest leaders and we equipped them with skills to teach others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As a young organization, Fount of Mercy would benefit from volunteers who can spend more time on the ground. While the volunteers are experts in their fields, they are unable to dedicate sufficient time in country. As the organization grows, this will be a great way to become more influencial.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I trained Ugandan women to be sewing instructors.