Fashion School Graduation

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Another January in Kiwoko – our 5th, believe it or not! You would think by now we were used to the intense heat that the height of the dry season brings… nope, we are boiling! The dry season arriving as a year ends and a new one begins marks this season well and reminds us to re-establish our aims and objectives here, or more importantly, aim to rediscover God’s objectives for us.

In 2014 we prayed a similar prayer to God that we had prayed before we began the journey that brought us to Kiwoko. It went something like… “We are willing God, show us what you want us to do”. Once again God answered with a smile on his face (we presume), and brought into our lives the most wonderful gift who has challenged and delighted us every day since. We cannot talk too much about her as legal proceedings are still on-going but be assured she is thriving.

The first year’s intake at the Fashion school completed their course on 11th December and we marked it with a Fashion show and graduation ceremony. All 10 girls showed off 3 outfits that they had made throughout year, including the traditional Ugandan Gomez. Family and friends came to support the event and there were plenty of cheers and applause as the girls modelled their creations. Sister Margaret, the Deputy Principal Nursing officer at the Hospital, was Guest of Honour at the event and praised all the girls for their hard work and dedication. She reminded us of Psalm 139vv13-15;

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Hailing God as the first tailor, she called it a noble profession and one that should remind us of how wonderfully God has made us.

The girls all passed with 5 of the class actually receiving Distinctions. They leave with all the clothes they have made and their sewing kit donated by various ladies across Ireland. We pray that they will use their new skills well, to support their families, to secure a job, or even to start their own business. We will of course follow up with each of the girls and hope we can update you on how they have progressed. In the meantime we are excited to start preparing for the next intake. We aim to begin classes again in February with 10 new students. Special thanks to the BWF’s at Hamilton Road Baptist and Bethany Baptist in Bangor for collecting up materials for our second year.

It is hard to believe that this time last year the walls were just being built and now we are embarking on a second year already. God has been so good and the support for the School has been immense – thank you all!


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