What is the LifeStitches Project?
The LifeStitches Uganda project empowers HIV/AIDS women with children in Arua, Uganda to become financially self sufficient
through the sale of beautiful cotton table products which the women stitch in a sewing workshop business.
- The LifeStitches project directly supports a sewing workshop on the Arua Regional Referral Hospital grounds.
- These mothers who are not otherwise able to generate income need skills, materials and equipment to become financially self sufficient.
- The sale of beautiful cotton table products stitched by the women provides income to the individual mothers and their children, which improves their nutrition and contributes to schooling fees.
- A portion of all income from the table products is used by the Arua *PMTCT Peer Support Group to pay for outreach AIDS prevention education in the remote villages surrounding Arua.
- LifeStitches is a partnership between: Arua PMTCT Peer Support Group, Arua Regional Referral Hospital and LifeStitches Uganda (Albuquerque, NM based NGO).
AIDS Orphan School Program
- Within the West Nile region of Uganda, young girls impacted by the AIDS epidemic are not completing even a primary school education. In February 2016, LifeStitches will initiate a pilot program in two local, very rural public schools located in West Nile Uganda. The program combines academic and social initiatives designed to combat the overwhelming school dropout rate among young girls.
Bike Repair Shops and Ride to Own Bike Programs
for LifeStitches Workshop Mothers
- Most of the women in our Arua and Maracha workshops walk long distances (up to 5 miles each way) from their homes to arrive at the sewing workshops each day. Leaving often before sunrise and returning after dark, this poses hardships especially for newly delivered mothers or women in poor health. The Ride to Own Programs enables new workshop mothers to obtain a bike straight-out and pay for it from their workshop earnings over the next two years. The Bike Repair Shop Programs, brand new in 2015, train workshop mothers to maintain and repair their own bicycles. Mothers then can earn income doing simple bike repairs in their villages.