BETHEL SCHOOL OF DRESSMAKING
The Bethel School of Dressmaking was started in 1996 under the umbrella of Homecare Spiritual Fellowship (HSF). This project was birthed after Kuwinda slum in Karen went up in flames in 1995. This rendered the slum dwellers without the basic necessities including shelter, clothing and food; having no alternative they resulted to the best way they knew how; borrowing. It is during this time that Homecare met some of the slum dwellers and decided to empower them with skills that could help them earn a living. The Project was later relocated to HSF Head Office at Kabarnet Road in 2011.
This program aims at empowering the youth mainly from Kibera slums. We train about 20 students every year in dressmaking and also equip them with the word of God. Many of them have received salvation and are rooted in the word. The trainees sit for Government Trade Test and each graduate is given a sewing machine upon completion of this course. This empowers and equips them to be able to start their own income generating activities back in their communities.
Impact story: Robert Wafula
Wafula is a night guard. He works all night long then comes to the school in the morning. Wafula says he was motivated to join the course by his desire to have a better life. Wafula is always the first student to get to class and as his course instructor says, he is the most hardworking student. Having passed his grade 3 and Grade 2 tests, he now wants to pursue and do grade 1 test. Meanwhile, he has started getting orders from schools in his village and he makes school uniforms and sends them upcountry to his wife to sell. He is also looking for a stall where he can put up his business. He is still multitasking as a night guard because he still wants to get a little more to take care of his family. He says he wants to get all the certificates in dressmaking so that he can be marketable enough.