Dorcas has provided another excellent update on the sewing project which supports La Compassion pour les Enfants en Détresse (CED) in Butembo.

As Dorcas describes CED, their primary objective is the holistic care and monitoring of orphans and victims of war, supporting children from broken homes and those recruited by armed groups, and aiding children abandoned or orphaned by HIV / AIDS.  She aims to support them for their physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs.

Dorcas reports that with funds received from Canada and from the profits they receive from selling their completed uniforms and clothes, CED has recently been able to purchase a new sewing machine, provide maintenance to their machines, and acquire new doors and windows for the high school expansion under construction. They continue to provide wages for their trainers and sewers, as well as medicine and milk for orphans.  CED is supported by many dedicated women who intercede, console and comfort the many survivors of sexual violence in their care.

She notes that the existence of the expanded high school program is due to the sewing machine project.  Younger children also receive badly needed food and medical care.

Their goal is to expand this sewing project as it provides valuable training and incentive for boys and girls to stay in school.