Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sewing Machines in Bibi Nagar--Completed 6 Jun 2016

On June 6, 2016 we celebrated the beginning of a new sewing training center for the women of Bibi Nagar Village.
Ten Singer sewing machines--with electric motors and treadles--were brought from Hyderabad.

After several delays, the machines, work tables and stools are loaded...

the tables and machines are set up in the classrooms...

ribbons and decorations are in place...

and the banner of appreciation is hung, saying (in Telugu):

"With the help of Bhongin M.L.A.
P. Shekar Reddy and L.D.S. Charities free Training Sewing Machines"

Together, Sister Newton and 
P. Swarupa, Sarpanch (President) of Bibi Nagar, cut the ribbon, while Member of State Legislative Assembly P. Shekar Reddy looks on!

At first glance one might think this was a small insignificant project. What impact could ten sewing machines make in a village of over 8,000 people? A small group of ten ladies asked for the machines and said that others, maybe 40 or 50 women, would learn to sew. When the machines were delivered, the women had found a small two-room building to put the machines and work tables in.  They have designated this as a training center and many, many more women, all those who have a desire, will learn to sew. The Rural Development Office will send two teachers to the village. Forty women will take the course. When the course is finished they will start a new class--and on and on the teaching will go.
The people listened intently as President John Gutty, Hyderabad Stake President and Self-reliance Director for India, spoke to them.  He talked to them about the great opportunity that was being given to them, to learn a new skill that they could use to improve their lives and their families.  After the ceremony, several women approached Pres. Gutty and asked more questions. They also asked if he would have time to help them understand how to go about starting a business.  Pres. Gutty and one of his counselors, Pres. Mekala, who was also in attendance, will be returning to Bibi Nagar to help them in this effort.

Mr. Reddy also encouraged the women to take advantage of this opportunity.  He talked about families and making things better for their children.  Then Mr. Reddy surprised us.  He made a commitment to these women, that those who finish the course and want to continue sewing will receive from him a sewing machine for their home.  This is a kindness out of his own pocket.  He said, “The kindness of LDS Charities has made me want to help my people more.”  He and Pres. Gutty also had a long and meaningful exchange.

The Women said,” We are so happy to have these sewing machines.’
“This is one way to bring us out of our homes to do something good for our family and community…to show our capabilities.”

This project, with very little money, had GREAT results!

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