Bridges International Development African missions (Meru, Kenya)
She sews for the poor and generously gives to the needy Prov. 31:19-20.
In the Women’s Tailoring Class young women learn a trade, improve themselves personally, and grow spiritually. About 25 women attend this class which meets two weeks each month for one year. In addition to being taught the skills of tailoring, sewing, and knitting these women receive instruction on how to speak in front of other people, how to develop a prayer life, and many other interpersonal issues. The sewing room is a good place to have impromptu discussions about relationships. Since many of these students are not married the discussion often turns to issues of dating, what to expect from and how to handle the dating relationship, what to look for in a future husband, and what should they expect in a Christian marriage.
The class instructor is Catherine Gikundi a very capable teacher who has been trained in tailoring and who has also challenged and passed the Kenyan National Tailoring Examination. All the students who have previously completed her class and have also passed the National Examination. In addition to teaching tailoring Catherine also teaches the students how to develop their social skills.
The Tailoring Class is an excellent opportunity for young ladies to learn sewing skills and personal skills to prepare them for mature womanhood in a harsh environment.