Sewing Success at Las Palmas

Recently we received this report written by María Teany Cuevas, the sewing teacher at the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

Thanks to the donation of sewing machines, 15 girls in our children’s village are taking a sewing class every Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00. They are very happy and enthusiastic with this opportunity. Despite having only a few machines, we have seen a lot of progress since these girls’ interest allows them to progress. This is an opportunity with a lot of benefit for each of these girls. We would like to present some of the objectives of this course in its first phase.

The sewing class at ICC's Las Palmas Children's Village.

The sewing class at ICC's Las Palmas Children's Village.

We hope that when we initiate the second phase we can have a small graduation where we can display the clothing items that they have made. Later we hope they can make some of the clothing for the children [in the children’s village] such as the skirts for school uniforms.

In this course we are using the Rocha Method which is easy and practical. In the first phase we are working with the following objectives:

  1. Learn the fundamentals needed for basic sewing.
  2. Design and implement a pattern for a basic skirt.
  3. Design and implement a pattern for a blouse.
  4. Design and implement a pattern for a dress.

Objectives achieved:

  1. Basic knowledge of sewing.
  2. Design and implementation of a basic skirt.
  3. Design of a blouse.
Learning to Sew

Learning to Sew

These achievements were accomplished, thanks to God, and all the students had maximum participation and showed great interest. The course was affected by a lack of electricity at times. We hope to continue in order to reach our objectives and then continue with a more advanced course.

The girls are very excited to soon be able to make their own clothes. It is really beautiful to be able to make your own.

María Teany Cuevas
Las Palmas


Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

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