The Women’s Program serves to teach women in Haiti valuable life skills in order to support their families out of the cycle of poverty. This dream is coming into reality every day as women learn to read and write, learn to sew, learn to make jewelry, learn to cook, and learn to run their own businesses. It is our ultimate desire to see women discover their God-given talents and abilities and to know they are treasured themselves!
A Look at the Growing Heartline Women’s Center
After a time of prayer and reflection, we began a small sewing school in 2007 with the hope that mothers would learn a trade and then begin to make money to provide for themselves and their families. It started with treadle sewing machines donated and shipped in from the States by friends. At first, there were just several ladies in a single sewing class with one teacher.
This class has grown to a full Women’s Center with four educational options for the 144 ladies who are enrolled. The women in this ten month educational program can choose to study sewing, cooking, literacy, or enter the Artisan Program. There is also a two-month long summer camp for 100 girls ranging in age from eight to 17.
It is amazing to see these ladies enter the program, grow in confidence, and watch them begin to feel a growing sense of community and family as the year progresses. It is encouraging to see the commitment of the teachers as they speak into the lives of the ladies. It is wonderful during summer camp to see the girls learning new skills and to hear their laughter.
The Heartline Women’s Center is making a difference in the lives of ladies and girls in Haiti. They are learning life skills that will help them loosen the grip of poverty that has held them for way too long.
Our women’s center is run and taught by Haitian professionals. Skilled teachers train women in four areas: cooking, sewing, literacy, and craft work. Each program is 9 months in duration. Then, the women can opt to continue with the speciality with which they started or move to another class. Many women start in the literacy program and move to one of the other life skills programs. Sponsorships allow these women to receive their education, 1-2 meals per day, facilities and resources, Bible study, fellowship, worship, and a sense of community.