Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)

2017–2019 Mission Grant 4 — $25,000

nullThe first women's dormitory at the Sewing Center gets a new, improved roof!

In southeastern Tanzania, many young women from villages do not attend school or have jobs, and so seek unskilled jobs in larger towns, often ending up involved in prostitution. Some end up with AIDS or unexpected pregnancies, with no means of supporting themselves. The ELCT has established the Bishop Makala Sewing Center to teach young women sewing, life skills, and the Gospel. The ELCT goal is to build classrooms with a 50 student capacity, along with a dormitory. Within one year of training, their sewing skills enable women to have pocket money, purchase a sewing machine, and buy materials to create sewn items to sell for income.

nullVibrant active worship and beautiful music fills the space at the nicest building at the Sewing Center Complex — the church of course!



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