to all, who make this project possible,
to all, who carry me and the women in prayer,
to all, who support me financially,
to all, who give me the possibility to stand in the service, God has
called me to. That's a privilege: "There is no better place on earth then in the center of God's will."

When I came to Paraguay with my family in 2006, I could have never imagined to be a blessing for so many families in Paraguay - not even in my boldest dreams. To God be the glory!
Sylvia Hill

Friday, September 26, 2014

Progress 2014

Our sewing group in the Aché tribe could sew over 50 warm jackets for the pupils. We are very proud of them. They did a great job and showed a lot of endurance. Friends from Germany donated the fabric and this is so wonderful.

during the production

Sylvia talking to Mirian, our main teacher there. Mirian is such a big help in this community.

these two young women are our big hope for the sewing center within the tribe: Gladys and Valentina.

„Please, don’t forget us!“ these were the last words of a woman of Maracana, as she said goodbye to our teacher Lourdes. This was 3 weeks ago and we still have to think about her words. We  reach the women. They are thankful that our teachers are coming to show them new things. We were invited to start new  sewing classes in other comunities in this region as well. The area was well known to be a  dangerous one. 
We can make a big difference with our effort and donations. Thank you so much!

Estella, she is the leader of this group in Maracana. And she did a very good work!

Didn't these participants of our group in Limpio create nice clothes?

And we started a new sewing class in Itaugua. Thanks to PPP USA. Every Saturday and Thursday we teach a very interested group.

We are teaching over 70 school students in Limio and Lambare. We started this as a new program this year to help the schools with a practical teaching.

Next time some more information about this school project!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

newsletter April 2012

Dear friends,

Greetings from the autumn-like Paraguay. We are enjoying the cooler temperatures and you are in our thoughts. Thanks to your support the sewing project is progressing a lot. We like the project as well. It is a joy for us to tell you that your help reaches the women, giving them new hope and undreamt perspectives. Who would have thought three years ago that former participants would teach others?  That trendy presents like kitchen towels, potholders and aprons are used in German, Australian and US households. Isn’t it something special? 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our partner in Australia: Christa Kaltenbrunn and her sister Heidi

January 2011:
We had a visit from Australia: Christa and her sister Heidi could spend one week with us.. (You can see her with Nelly, who is one of the participants of 2011.) And exactly in this week we could fetch the donated used sewing machines from a store in Asuncion. Theses sewing machines arrived after a long jouney via container .
Above: A newsletter article from Germany showing Christa within a car trasporting the used sewing machines in Asuncion/Paraguay and within a group of girls who participated in a summer sewing camp in 2011.

a fundraiser in Germany

Christa is helping the women in Paraguay a lot through fundraising parties in Australia and Germany and her promoting of the articles of our women. We are so glad for her big help and all the sponsors in Australia. Thank you. We are really international.

a fundraiser party in Australia

October newsletter 2011

Dear friends of the sewing project in Limpio,
We couldn’t do this work without you. Thank you so much for being part of our lives and the lives of these women.
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This year I started to train Alba(photo above) as a future teacher. She is a pastor’s wife and a participant of the first sewing class in 2009. She is assisting me in the morning classes, is responsible for our devotional time and is a very good co-teacher. To train 8 persons is indeed a challenge.   When you day without knowledge, are you referring to the students? and Alba is learning a lot as well. The German Fashion Magazine Burda is publishing an article about her life and the impact the sewing project had on her life. We will keep you informed.


Rejoice with us: we could receive a donation over 1000 Euros from EBV Elektronik . We will use the money for the production of the Fair Trade items of our advanced women. You can see a part of the team with the symbolic check on the photo. We are very glad about this development.


Two more women from my advanced group will teach next year as well: Patro and Lourdes: both are very engaged in youth work. We are very glad to have very gifted and talented women in our courses as well. We are paying them - our friend Christa from Australia held a fundraiser in her hometown Offenburg in the Black Forest area of Germany. She received donations for the salary of one assistant teacher. Isn’t this great! We need teachers in the future because …

We were asked by a co-worker of a Christian ministry if ye could teach HIV infected women from Limpio. A sewing class would be a wonderful program for them. And we know a ministry more in the north of Paraguay where we could give girls an option not to step into the same path as their mothers did - prostitution.
A German sewing center donated 15 used sewing machines to us. They are on their way to Paraguay with pianos, fabrics, glasses, children books dolls, guitars; Norbert’s family had a lot of work.
And more and more events take place and the products of our ladies find new customers.
Besides the fundraising event in the Black Forest, we had events in Munich and Erlangen. We would love to see an event in the US in the future.
… And look how the gifts of our ladies is growing:

The aprons in plain colors and...

in floral design:

It’s very encouraging for us to see how Mennonite travel agencies and friends are helping
Aren’t they very nice Christmas gifts? 
With trendy pot holders (you can reach into them):

Sylvia made as well new samples: table-cloths, table runners and placemats.

We are looking forward to hear from you again.
Sylvia and the ladies from Limpio

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

newsletter April 2011

Dear friends of the sewing project,

When writing such a newsletter, we are always thinking: what could we achieve, how did your money and support make an impact in the lives of the women and children here in Paraguay?

Thanks to your help we could offer again the free sewing classes to 16 women – and they are passionate about it and like it very much. They will receive a 1 year/ 6 hours a week instruction. They appreciate the devotional time together and look at the first products –aren’t they wonderful?

Felicita - the sister of one of our ladies of the last year - needs more than 1 hour to come to our course – but it’s worth the time.

Gloria a lady from the morning class and below Juana from the afternoon-course..

Patchwork is unknown in Paraguay. Ideal for our ladies, who normally don’t have the money to buy fabrics. With patchwork they can use the little fabric pieces and can sew wonderful creations. Ideal to learn to sew correctly and to learn to use the measure tape and the scissors – and last not least the sewing machine!!

Which color fits? – Some of my ladies have an eye for it some have to learn. We would like to see how these ladies can pass on their new-learnt skill to their daughters.

Nelly - she comes from a very poor family in Limpio. We are glad to give her the opportunity to help her siblings. She is a 22 year old girl, who has to look after 4 more siblings. She is really happy to learn something useful, so she can earn some money with it. If she is progressing we are thinking to lend her a sewing machine very soon, so she can start sewing and producing at home.

The advanced ladies of the passed two years come together every two weeks on a Monday afternoon. It is a blessing to see how they are improving.

• Last week a former participant told one beginner class, how she can sell her products in the neighborhood. “I’m creating something and then I show my product to my relatives, friends and neighbors. Very often I get the response: I would like to have this, too. Could you please make me one?”

The advanced ladies sew kitchen towels which are present idea. These towels brng a whole new dimension into the project because the beginners see that they can earn money with their learnt skill . We receive donations for these towels from Germany and Australia as well.

The fair trade shops are very interested in them and we have requests from Germany and Australia.

If you would like to distribute those kitchen towels in your church, enterprise or neighbourhood, please send us an Email.

The German enterprise Lumara from Bavaria surprised our project with a 1000;-Euro donation. How wonderful!  Our ladies have the possibility to enrich their bags, clothes and accessories with lovely motives. This is a wonderful addition and the Brother  Innovis IIE  is running and running.
As you see the women are very happy.

In this year I, Sylvia, started to train Alba to become a future teacher.  She is a participant of 2009. She simply assists me in the morning hours and is really a big help and very talented. To teach 8 persons who don’t know the sewing isn’t an easy project.  Some are not used to work with electric machines. Some don’t have scissors in their homes and aren’t used to work with a measure tape.
We would like to see Alba as a teacher for the beginners in 2012. Could you help us with the finances?

Thanks to our sponsors we could give used clothes to our women of the last year. They can change these or use the fabric. They were very eager organizing the transportation. A big blessing for them and a good opportunity to work at home and earn some money.

Thanks to you we could install some more lights – it is becoming winter and we really appreciate the „new room“

We had visitors from Australia. Christa and her sister Heidi stayed for one week with us. We received old sewing machines through the initiative of Christa and Heidi.

In February we could offer a 1 week sewing holiday class for teenagers. We got the money through a fundraiser from Australia. The holidays are very boring for the kids in Paraguay because there are no activities or the families can’t afford them. As you can imagine we had a lot of fun but were exhausted as well. Women from my advanced classed helped me again. The girls made their bags, skirt and some other items. A German newspaper wrote about this event and our project.

Last Friday we could start a music project. We want to help the young kids in this town to learn something useful.

We would appreciate, if you could promote this project in your church, in your business or within your neighborhood. We need partners to assist the women and kids in this land. And we would like to invite you to visit us and see what we are doing and how we invest the money you gave us.

Bye-bye and God’s blessing.


Sylvia and Norbert Hill with our kids Rebekka and Michi

Our sponsors have to use the following way:
docAfrika International/ Nähprojekt Limpio

Donations to DocAfrika are tax refundable in Germany.

Deutsche Bank München, Germany

Account Number: 170 3 107 Bank Code: 700 700 24


IBAN: DE57 7007 0024 0170 3107 00

Monday, January 31, 2011

The sewing project in Limpio

thank you so much for joining us and for your interest in our work. Please contact us if you wish more information. We are very thankful for every word of encouragement. And ...please pray for us.
The sewing project in Limpio, Paraguay, started in February 2009. Initiator was the American Organization P.P.P.  (Project for the people of Paraguay)  . The objective of the sewing project was and is to provide women of all ages training in the art of sewing. These instructions will give them an opportunity to sew clothing, household items and crafts for their own use  or to create an inventory for them to sell for income.
 We want to help individuals become self sufficient enabling them to create micro businesses in their homes or in a cooperative setting. Also this training could help them secure a job position within a larger business.
We pray for one another and start every session with a devotional time. We want to see these women get healed and becoming the person God has them created and called to be.

My first student: Mirna
In March 2009 the first 8 donated new machines arrived:

We could rent a very nice room and could start:
Others heard about our sewing class. We started a morning group with 8 persons as well as one afternoon class. Very soon I had to say: " I'm sorry! Please contact me next year again!"
The first hours  : we sew stripes together and cut motives for applications and ...
here they are -  the first products:
We are sewing with donated used labcoats and jeans and other fabrics. A big help because under normal conditions it is not possible for the women to buy new fabrics. A few women could't come sometimes, because they didn't have the money for the bus ticket (0,5 $).  In 2010 a young German foundation, DocAfrika International, started to support the sewing project. Every month we receive money to help some women to pay their bus tickets as well as to buy some new fabrics. 

Very soon the first group accomplished in teamwork a baby rug for one pregnant participant.
Later we started to make blankets. A big blessing for their homes in the cold winter days. "Thank you , Mom!" -  isn't it good to hear these words from our kids!! Especially for a poor Paraguayan woman.

Later in the first year the progressing women could sew some clothes. With the earned money they were able to buy their own sewing machine. I had the privilege to deliver 8 machines to the following group of women in the first year:

Neri, single mother of 6 kids

Rosana, single mother of 3
And we were visiting our new seamstresses in their houses to discuss further steps. We know, every help starts with a single person.
Alba with her 2 kids

We celebrated  the termination of the first year:

In 2010 we had a special meeting with Sheri Bizan( on the right side with the white pullover) and the sewing ladies.  Sheri Bizan is the founder  and president of  PPP. As you can see, we stay together and accomplish our longterm sewing project for the women of Paraguay.

When we delivered a machine to Elva recently, we prayed together. My husband, Norbert, and I were very touched by the following words of this woman:
"Thank You, Lord,
that there are people in the world
who are thinking about us women in Paraguay"
Elva with her family in 2010

Thanks for reading and "God bless you" or as we say here: "Dios te bendiga!"