- Promoter: The Canossian Foundation
- Recipients: 70 Togolese students between 13 and 19 years old; students and teachers from Europe
- Harambee Contribution: 20,000 Euros
The current classrooms that make up the “Centre Catholique de Formation Professionnelle Madre Agata Carelli” no longer suffice for all the admission requests received for the various professional training courses, including the sewing class. In order to permit a larger number of admissions, the project provides for the construction and furnishing of new classrooms and laboratories, the realization of brief-long period exchange programs between Italian and Togolese teachers and students and the beginning of an educational development program that will eventually allow for the courses held at the Center to be recognized at the university level.
Didier, 28 years old, would like to see his tailor shop flourish. With your help, another hundred young men and women will receive professional training.
I’m 28 years old, married and have two beautiful children. In order to support my family, I set up a small, basic tailor shop in my home where I offer custom-made clothes upon request. Everything I know about tailoring I learned when I worked as an apprentice in other tailor shops in the area of Agoè, Nyivé, where I was born. I like my job. It allows me to make a living, even though it isn’t easy. I met the Canossian Mothers from the “Centre Catholique de Formation Professionnelle “Madre Agata Carelli”” a few years ago and since then, when I can, I go to them for some advice on how to improve my business. Last April I had the opportunity to participate in a two-day training session about basic modeling and design techniques, thanks to Alice, an Italian teacher at a Fashion Design School, who was visiting the Canossian Mothers. It was a wonderful and important experience for me. I understood how improving the quality of my work would lead to a greater number of clients and allow me to support my family in a dignified way. I dream of one day becoming a well-known tailor and enlarging my small shop so that I can offer other young men and women the possibility to work as an apprentice and learn the ins and outs of this career choice.