Women sew lives together

2017-11-14 06:00
Women from the sewing and beading project.

Women from the sewing and beading project.

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Women from Vrygrond and the surrounding areas are being given a new lease on life through projects they are running.

These women are doing all they can to conquer their challenges.

The women are part of the Siyazenzela sewing and beading project of the Where Rainbows Meet organisation.

The project is aimed at women who face many social challenges and try to rise above them. The programmes have become a beacon of hope to many disadvantaged women, whether they are unemployed, destitute or abused.

Kyle Cupido, project manager of Where Rainbows Meet, says the project has helped many women.

“We welcome everyone with open arms. It is very good to see how the women embrace life after the training and how they rise above their circumstances. Women are being taught how to say: ‘No,’ and how to say: ‘Enough is enough.’

“Those who attend the projects have been through a lot of challenges. However, they told themselves that they would not stay down. Through the project they have learnt to love themselves again. The project has helped them pull themselves out of the deep hole they thought they were in and given them a second chance in life. They get together and teach each other a lot of different things and have taken it upon themselves to hold a women’s empowerment workshop once a week in order to have fun and strengthen the relationship between the women,” he says.

The beading and sewing project is open to anyone who wants to learn something new. The participants meet every Tuesday.

Whatever they make is sold to sustain the project and to be given to the participants as a stipend.

Last week Thursday they took a trip to the beach as part of the workshop.

“When they got to the beach, all the women kicked off their shoes and went frolicking in the water with one another. It was a great opportunity for the women to get out of their normal work environment and experience something different, for example bringing out their inner child.

“In addition to playing in the ocean, the women gathered shells to proudly display ‘Siyazenzela’, the name of their workplace.

“The shells will be used to start an art project. This art project will be a big painting that embodies all the work and passion of the women in the sewing and beading project,” says Cupido.

Building up to the 16 Days of Activism campaign these women will be running several workshops on time management, resilience, conflict resolution and communication, among other topics.

Cupido says the objective of the workshops is to grow.

“We could clearly see how they appreciated just connecting with themselves and each other as women. We are hoping to engage with other organisations for our women to connect with other women and learn from them, and know that, as women, they are stronger than a rock,” he says.V For more information call Kyle Cupido on 063 628 5147.

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