Last month, our chairperson was in Lebanon visiting the work we do on the ground. As part of this visit, she took part in some of the sewing courses as part of our empowerment program. She noticed that some of the machines were worn due to their overuse. The women had made good use of the machines in the last couple of years through making dresses, bags and other garments which were then sold on the market. With the sewing machines on their last legs, we decided to launch a campaign to raise the funds to replace these machines: ‘Thread of Hope’.
Down to the basics. So for this campaign we are looking to raise the funds for 12 sewing machines in each of our 3 centres. Quite a task. With each machine along with 10 lessons costing 250 euro, we had quite the challenge ahead of us.
With this in mind, we came up with the idea of one person or group of people sponsoring a sewing machine through their own mini-fundraising events. A number of events came to our mind: do a sponsored run, have a coffee morning, have a bake-sale at work, a dinner evening with friends or offer contribution-based language/yoga/dance class!
Don’t have the time to organise a fundraising event, no fret. You can donate to our crowdfunding here.
SB OverSeas is helping Syrian refugee women in Lebanon to become economically empowered. Our centres are a place where women can gather to find friendship, learn vocational skills and express themselves creatively.
The products created are sold in markets in Lebanon. All proceeds go directly back to the women who create the object.
Read more about our empowerment programs here and download our factsheet on empowerment here. Also watch our video of Lina, a trainer at our centre here.
We ask that you please submit in advance your short brief of your event and expected funds raised. All events must be in line with SB’s values of humanity, impartiality and independence. SB OverSeas reserves the right to comment and not approve of fundraising event if not in accordance with the SB OverSeas’ values.
The fundraiser will be completed on the 30th September. We ask that on that day you transfer funds to the SB OverSeas account.
Every participant or group will receive a diploma as well as a handcrafted item.
If interested, please send an email to SB OverSeas to Jade at email@example.com and we will send you more information.