Dalit Freedom Network Canada

Favorite Things: Hope Skirts

A Fundraiser for Hope for Dalit Women

$3,836 raised

Favorite Things will give $2.00 from the sale of the Hope Skirts pattern to purchase sewing machines for Dalit Women in India. (Total cost for a treadle sewing machine and tailoring training is $200.)

Dalit women face innumerable obstacles. They are oppressed and exploited both for their status as part of India’s 250 million Untouchables and for their gender.
As sons are given preferential treatment, many village women never attend school; illiterate, their employment prospects are limited to manual labour or agricultural work, in addition to their unpaid domestic duties. Dalit women have been stripped of their dignity. Extreme poverty is a precursor to human trafficking, and the need for food or accommodation sometimes forces women to sell their bodies or their children.

This project will serve to empower these women. By teaching them marketable skills, we are providing them with a respectable, stable alternative to their current exploitation. Tailoring offers these women not only vocational skills,
but also hope and freedom.

Thank you for joining us in supporting Dalit Women. Each month Favorite Things will post the donations so we see how many sewing machines we have purchased together!

Who are the Dalit People?
http://www.dalitfreedom.net/about/about-us-2.aspx   

For more info visit :
www.favoritethings.net

Fundraiser Updates

  • Favorite Things posted

    Recent visit to sewing training center for Dalit women.

    Thank you again. We have raised the funds to purchase 2 more sewing machines for Dalit women. My daugter Bonnie just returned home from a trip to India where she was able to visit some of the sewing centers where Dalit women are learning to sew. Notice in the photo the little half size models hanging  up. Part of their lessons! And the treadle sewing machines that you have helped to purchase!

  • Favorite Things posted

    We have now purchased 8 sewing machines together!

    Thanks again to all of you who have made it possible for us to purchase 8 sewing machines for Dalit women in India! This is so amazing to be part of something that is going to make a change in other women's lives. I hope soon to go again and bring back stories for you of some of the lives we have helped together!

  • Favorite Things posted

    5 sewing machines!

    We are excited to say that after 3 months of sales the funds have been raised for 5 sewing machines and the tailoring training as well! Thank you to all of you who are sewing HOPE skirts for this great cause!!

  • Favorite Things posted

    Month one of the campaign!

    Wow....Our first month of the Hope Skirts project. May 2011 we have raised enough funds to purchase 2 1/2 sewing machines and the training. Thank you to everyone who has purchased or is sewing a Hope Skirt! Favorite Things was in Salt Lake City at International Quilt Market in May and the majority of these sales was from Quilt Shops and Sewing Centers around North America and Australia. If you are new to learning about the Dalits please browse around the DFN website to learn about these people and their plight! I was priveleged to travel to India 2 years ago and visited villages where vocational centers are being built and women are learning to sew. It was a wonderful experience and I love that you are joining us in making difference in their lives....Leslie Gladman.

  • Favorite Things posted

    Hope Skirts ~ Dalit Women

    This project will serve to empower these women. By teaching them marketable skills, we are providing them with a respectable, stable alternative to their current exploitation. Tailoring offers these women not only vocational skills, but also hope and freedom. 

    Who are the Dalit People?
    http://www.dalitfreedom.net/about/about-us-2.aspx  

  • Favorite Things posted

    Favorite Things: Hope Skirts

    This very easy, bias skirt with flattering fit, is constructed with a single pattern piece. It has a pull on elastic waist and fits on the hips, coming in three lengths: Mini, Midi, and Maxi. Accessorize with beaded bias tube belt. For more info visit www.favoritethings.net
     

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