In 2007, the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (TCFWA) along with the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Belmont & Western Australia (BPW) and the Matilda Bay Rotary Club started the Ormoc (Philippines) Community Sewing Project.
The initiative has recently been awarded the International Business and Professional Women's Club 3rd prize globally in the ‘Make A Difference' Awards. Carol Hanlon, founder of the project will attend the official awards presentation in Helsinki in June 2011 ( http://www.bpw-international.org/ ).
The Community Sewing Project assists residents of Ormoc and surrounding areas in the Philippines to establish their own micro sewing businesses to produce adults’ and children’s clothing, uniforms and home wares. The project helps facilitate the collection of various sewing materials, and ship them via container to more than 25 sewing centres across Ormoc. To date we have shipped 2 container loads of items such as sewing machines, fabric and haberdashery to the region.
In addition to providing sewing equipment to the Community Sewing Centres, the initiative teaches underprivileged women and men techniques in small business management to enable them to be able to use their newly learned practical sewing skills to start a business and earn a living. Workshops are provided free of charge, and voluntarily on a range of different topics to help the local villagers develop their professional and leadership potential.
The ongoing goal of the Community Sewing project in Ormoc is to equip 110 community centres with the means for local men and women to sew for their families and eventually for their local markets. This will provide them much needed additional income as employment opportunities are limited in this region.
Carol Hanlon, CEO of TCF WA and the TCF Ormoc Project said, “As founder of the Ormoc Community Sewing Project I am thrilled to receive third place in the world for this special initiative”.
The project team including founder Carol Hanlon is currently busy collecting for the 3rd
container, and has recently secured some space to house the goods prior to shipment in Belmont. Business owner Steve Rose of Flashpan Mobile Truck Wash in Fairbrother Street kindly responded to a call out from the project in late 2010 for space, and has agreed to become a public collection point for donated goods.
It is hoped that the next shipment will be ready by June. To make a donation of sewing equipment, haberdashery or fabric, please contact TCF WA on (08) 9479 3777.
For more history and information on the project please view www.tcformoc.com
This innovative project aims to provide new opportunities to community sewing centres and women and men living in regional Philippines to expand their existing small sewing business to generate their own income and to further assist additional community sewing centres and new businesses to commence operations.
P: 08 94793777
M: 0417 963 231