GO Project has partnered with local churches to provide education for children under the fulltime care of our church partners and to provide affordable education to the local community in order to strengthen families and reduce the number of “economic orphans”. (Read more about GO’s Orphan Prevention and Education efforts.) Additionally, school uniforms are required by law in order to attend school. This creates an added financial burden to already-stressed families struggling to educate their children. In Haiti alone, there are 2,400 students currently attending GO Project sponsored schools who must have uniforms every year. This need has created a unique opportunity for GO Project to strengthen families, create jobs, and provide vocational training opportunities.
Uniforms – Uganda
In 2011, GO Project helped launch three independent sewing centers in Kabale, Lira, and Gulu, Uganda, to meet the current need for school uniforms. As a ministry of the local church, and at times in association with the local mother’s union, these sewing centers have successfully:
- Provided employment opportunities to local Ugandans.
- Generated income for orphan care through donating a percentage of profits.
- Helped make education more affordable, strengthening families in the local communities.
Uniforms – Haiti
In August, 2014, GO Project partnered with Threads of Kindness to launch the GO Transition Academy’s Sewing Center in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. The GO Transition Academy’s Sewing Center exists to:
- Complete the education of 2nd year GO Transition Academy sewing students: Under the apprenticeship of Sally Little (Threads of Kindness Founder), GO Transition Academy’s sewing students learn every aspect of working within a professional apparel production facility
- Act as a professional production facility: Through mastering each station in an apparel production line, sewing students learn professional skills while fulfilling the annual order of 2,400 school uniforms for GO Project’s partner schools in Haiti.
- Provide job opportunities: The Sewing Center maintains a dedicated staff of full time employees that ensure production deadlines are met. These full time jobs are filled by graduates of the GO Transition Academy.
By sponsoring a $20 school uniform you can:
- Remove a financial burden from a struggling family so their children can attend school.
- Support the job skills training of children who have, “aged-out,” of orphan care through the GO Transition Academy in Haiti.
- Provide full-time employment to seamstresses in Uganda and GO Transition Academy graduates in Haiti.