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Sewing for Education or SEE will seek to build a small "factory" containing ten sewing machines and five embroidery machines-creating at least 15 jobs at take-off while assisting youths to continue or start attending school.
1st phase: 15 people who know how to sew fabrics and do embroidery on dresses will be hired for full time jobs. Each of the 15 employees will be expected to pay a small monthly "commission" to the program for using the machine and the facility. An employee gets money by sewing or doing embroidery for customers. 100% of the collected commissions go back to the program for educating the youths, buying more sewing/embroidery machines and maintaining the machines and facility. The commission is determined in such a way that is neither big (little return to the employees, which will discourage them to work for the program) or small (small return to the program, which will eventually end the program). A “fair” medium commission will be used.
2nd phase: The program will begin recruiting youths after two months of take-off. Each of the recruited youth will be "attached" to an adult. The youth will serve as an "apprentice." The apprentice will basically sits close to the adult and watches the adult makes dresses or do embroidery. As time passes on, the youth will pass from a passive learner to an active learner. As a passive learner, the apprentice just watches the adult cuts and sew dresses. As an active learner, the apprentice starts cutting and sewing dresses under a close supervision of the adult. As a former apprentice myself (the picture above, I'm on the right), after about two months of being a passive learner (an average of about 10-15hrs/week), I began to sew only a part of a dress, then I progressed to a harder part and so on until I was able to sew a complete tradition dress. All of the dresses are traditional, so they are simple and there is always demand.
As an incentive to participate in the program, partial financial assistance from the profits will be awarded to an apprentice who completes the program-learns how to sew fabrics or do embroidery. The award will go towards their education.