Mbulelo Lukwe and his Sewing Skills Studio trainees have moved into premises in Huntley Street owned by the Rivers of Life Church. Huntley Street incidentally was the birthplace and home of St Andrew’s College Grammar School until 1859. The church, under the leadership of Pastor Innocent Matepo, previously conducted the Living Streams Sewing project as part of their social justice programme. The church has partnered with TGP to ensure the facility is used and the sewing programme continues. The sewing studio is equipped with seven sewing machines including an overlocker and an industrial machine. Sabelo Bill (TGP Sewing Consultant and Nombulelo High OB) is so filled with excitement he can barely sleep at night. Sabelo and designer, Hilary Mohr, are capable of teaching the trainees to produce a wide variety of products at the Rivers of Life facility. Thank you to Pastor Innocent and the leadership team of the church.
The learnership allowances (stipend) Khanya provides for the trainees enables them to focus on training for six months without having to stress about putting food on the table.
Products produced in the Sewing Skills Studio are available for sale at our The Grahamstown Project's Online Shop. Currently available only in South Africa.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.