The Dorcas Dress Project

Bangalore - India - new sewing hub

We're being encouraged to set up our first sewing hub in India, in Bangalore the largest city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. We are doing this in connection with the UK Forge Sphere.
raised of £4,000 target
by 1 supporter
Closes on 28/06/2024
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This new sewing hub will serve some of the one million people living in slums in Bangalore, India. Of these slum dwellers, about 1/3 fall below the poverty line, with a monthly income of less than Rs 2500 (£45). We have a deep, sympathetic concern for the suffering of others. This calls us to action and fuels our acts of kindness and mercy. We believe that passing on our knowledge is a gift to be shared, teaching others with a spirit of generosity in order to give hope for the future. Stella is one of the team in Bangalore, she believes “sewing opens future opportunities to women so they can live independently, and through this, we can share God’s love.” Participating alongside Stella is Asha, her desire is to equip and elevate women from the slums, encouraging and empowering them to build their own small enterprise businesses. Karunya wants to see women occupied in tailoring work, using this income, to provide for their families and enable their children to attend school.

We strive to build communities that cross social, economic and political boundaries. We encourage participation and raise the voices of the marginalised and vulnerable. We support people out of isolation, and provide opportunities for people to become integrated into local communities, and wider networks of hubs across the world.

About the charity

The Dorcas Dress Project

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We support people out of situations of financial hardship by providing skills training, resources and pastoral care. Our online training platform enables us to reach people wherever they are, even in remote parts of the world. We offer training, raise funds to provide equipment and support a network of volunteers building craft hubs in their local communities. Our patented dress design has been developed so it can be used as an enterprise tool, the sales of which are fed back into our charity pot to grow and support more people out of poverty. The clever cut, pleats and carefully situated ties on the dress eliminate the need for zips, other trimmings and complex machinery. The project can therefore support makers from situations of hardship, even in remote parts of the world. The project has been developed specifically for charity work, based around Christian ethical values.

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