One donation may go a long way toward strengthening the social fabric of our island community.
The Sewing Machine Project, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that donates sewing machines across the nation, recently sent eight sewing machines to the Island Girl Power program.
The sewing machines will be used at the Island Girl Power Clubhouse in Dededo for sewing workshops.
“The sewing machines represent sustainability, freedom and so much more for the women and girls of our island community,” said Island Girl Power Director Juanita Blaz.
Thanks to the donation, Island Girl Power will be able to help girls and women learn a practical skill and build self-confidence. In addition, the workshops may help participants find a hobby or even a potential livelihood.
The donation is an example of a small deed that will make a big difference in the lives of young people. Sewing used to be a basic skill passed down from one generation to another. Now, most households throw out torn garments instead of repairing them.
Through sewing, young people can learn the importance of mending instead of discarding and self-sufficiency instead of dependence.
To keep our community’s social fabric strong for future generations, we should pass down hard skills for employment and soft skills, such as patience and perseverance.
Just as important, we should pass down values such as caring for and sharing resources as well as collaborating through compassion.
We should not take the invisible cloth that binds our island community for granted. We must take steps – whether big or small – to ensure that our social fabric expands to include our increasingly diverse population and that it remains durable for generations to come.
To that end, The Sewing Machine Project’s donation is encouraging to our island community as it reflects more than generosity. It spreads the message of strengthening our social fabric one stitch at a time.