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Stitch Ahead Programme Graduation First Cohort in 2024

On Friday, May 24, 2024, we had the Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ Stitch Ahead programme graduation for the first cohort of 2024. Fifteen dedicated students completed a transformative 3-month course in both basic hand sewing and machine sewing.

This unique programme is designed for destitute youth aged 18 to 35 from at-risk backgrounds, providing them with an empowering avenue for self-improvement through the art of sewing, setting them on a path of financial independence and self-reliance.

Empowering Youth Through Sewing

Group pic of graduates during the Stitch Ahead Programme graduation, Rotary Club of Waterfront crew with Diedre Vrede and Father Francois Dufour.
Group pic of graduates, RCW crew with Diedre Vrede and Father Francois Dufour.

The Stitch Ahead Programme graduation event was not just a ceremony; it was a testament to the power of skills development in combating poverty. Amidst the vibrant celebration, where each graduate showcased their creations inspired by the Met Gala theme, there was a palpable sense of achievement and possibility.

Support from Generous Donors

This remarkable programme is made possible by the generous support of donors such as the Rotary Club of Waterfront, Rotary Club of Amersfoort, and the Van Kesteren Foundation based in Switzerland. Their investments in youth employment and skills development underscore the importance of addressing poverty at its roots.

A Step Towards Financial Independence

As these graduates step into the workforce with newfound confidence and capabilities, they are not just sewing garments, they are stitching together a future filled with promise and opportunity. This graduation is not an endpoint but a beginning – a step towards eradicating poverty through skills, empowerment, and youth employment.

Highlights from the Stitch Ahead Programme Graduation Ceremony

Above: Cohorts and family members.

Top four family pics were taken with Deidre Vrede from the V&A Waterfront (who handed out the graduation certificates and gifts) with Father Francois Dufour. Every cohort was supported by their family. A number had faced challenges, but all completed the course and graduated. Impressive!

Above Left: Nadene Rolston, June Webber, Piet Postema, and Shereen Hendricks in her beautiful butterfly dress. Right: Stalwart Michael Goldman, Piet Postema, and Deidre Vrede of the V&A Waterfront.

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