Token Store Sponsored Sewing Classes
As we began working in the community, one of the needs we discovered was uniforms. Children cannot go to school without the designated uniforms, and some parents cannot afford uniforms. Jonnie has collected money for more than 30 uniforms and has gotten children in school, some who had not attended for several years.
The other part of meeting this need was to establish sewing classes in the Pro Mexico building. The participants would learn a new skill that could earn them money, and the people of the village would have a cheaper alternative for buying uniforms.
The Token Store volunteers with help from the Days for Girls organization (with whom we will be partnering), secured machines, gathered materials, and supplies,and a class was started. The class was kept small so there would be individual attention for each student. The class was so popular that now two classes are in progress. Each class meets one day a week for two hours and each has a different Mexican instructor.
Darlene MacLeod, with Days for Girls, and I visited one of the classes today. Rosa is the instructor of this group and she gets assistance in teaching from Gloria, who also knew some sewing before the classes began. Rosa established a curriculum for the ladies and starting with hand sewing. Today when we arrived, Rosa was giving group instruction. Prior to the beginning of the class, Rosa had set up machines and had established stations, where students practiced different skills. After group instruction, the students worked in pairs at the stations. The students were all kept engaged with the practice. As a former teacher, I was impressed by Rosa’s organization, her ability to establish the sequence of learning the skills, and her effectiveness in teaching.
The students, in this series of classes, will be making totes and pillows among many other things. They will then go on to more difficult sewing skills.
We at the Token Store are thrilled with the progress of these ladies, the commitment of the teachers, and the support of these classes. These women are learning the skills that will make them money and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
We are very grateful to ProMéxico for allowing us to use their building for the classes, and we sincerely thank the people who donated sewing machines and materials to make these classes possible.