PROJECT NAME: PIECEMAKERS: REHMAN SHAH SCHOOL & VOCATIONAL
Vocational Training For Underprivileged Women In Pakistan.
YEAR OF PROJECT INITIATION: 2003
LOCATION: Umar Colony, Karachi, Pakistan
CONTACT PERSONS:Salma Shakir, email@example.com
PROJECT SUMMARY: In January 2003, SARID launched a vocational training/quilting
project called “Piecemakers”, to educate women from
impoverished areas in needlework skills as a dependable way to earn
income and become self-reliant.
The objective was to train the women in the art of American quilting,
keeping their requirements and resources in mind while building
on their knowledge of indigenous appliqué practices (ralli).
Employing new techniques and tools speeds up the sewing and assembly
of patchwork quilts into bedspreads, bags, purses etc.
The students at the Shah Vocational Centre are part of the SARID
School Program's Vocational Training/Adult Literacy component.
Although the focus is on women and specifically on quilting, the
students also learn embroidery and dress making, all disciplines
requiring accurate measurement, focus and time management. In addition,
the demands of the needlework courses have engendered a literacy
program; instruction in Urdu, English and mathematics is provided
where necessary to aid the quilters in teaching and in selling their
products at local bazaars.
The students hope to develop a co-operative sewing venture out
of the project. We are also working on establishing similar schools
in other parts of Karachi and eventually, in Pakistan as a whole.
Contact Person: Salma Shakir (firstname.lastname@example.org),
SARID project Coordinator
For donation information please go to: http://www.sarid.net/support/index.htm
We welcome your views on this project. Please send ideas and comments
to: email@example.com or directly to Salma Shakir (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 2005: The Karachi British Women's Group meets SARID representatives
about supporting SARID's mission ... more
Piecemakers: full story
Quilt Exhibition 2004, Karachi
Quilt Exhibition 2003, Karachi
See also: School Program - Shah School