Every person is made in the image of God and created for a grand purpose.
Education is a basic right that should be available to any willing person.
Every woman deserves the opportunity to see her dreams realized.
It is from this conviction that the One Thread Project was created by a team of Congolese and American friends in 2015.
Since its creation, the program has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the students. We now offer sewing training, internships at the boutique, and support for launching new graduate owned businesses. In the past year, we've been able to expand our wrap-around services to provide meals and transportation for the students as well as tuition assistance for school-aged children. Each year we are able to admit a growing number of women as support from generous donors has grown.
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A scholarship to attend the One Thread program can change the trajectory of a young woman's life forever.
An apprenticeship at the boutique offers more intensive training and real world experience for the students.
With training and investment, a small group of graduates launch their own boutique in the local community.
At the very beginning, this project was born out of deep desire to find a different narrative for children in Congo- instead of orphanages, families. We took a step back and asked a bigger question. What were the obstacles that separated mothers and their children? While many of the answers are complex, one is simple. Being able to provide a roof overhead and food for the belly requires access to money, which requires job skills. If we could walk it back to this step, then just maybe we could make an impact. Maybe one child might not become an orphan.
Today, we're seeing that vision come to life. Young mothers in the program are holding their heads high and finding dignity in work that provides for the needs of the children. Because of the generosity of our donors, we sent the first generation of young scholars to school in the fall of 2017.
FOR THE FUTURE
YOUNG SCHOLARS INITIATIVE
School fees and supplies are provided for the children of the women in the program.
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