Thanks

Thanks
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!
Yours
Sylvia Hill

Saturday, June 9, 2018


The new sewing center of the Sewing Project Paraguay:

 in Limpio - May 2017


Finally we could finish and start to use our new sewing center.
 We had to put a lot of effort in the process of the construction. 

 Our teachers did already sew some chair covers. Bit by bit we will try to fix the details and  establish the other rooms. The plan was to paint the floor. We had no more money. One morning Norbert woke up in thoughts of the floor and the progress with the construction. He prayed: “ Lord Jesus, if you send us money right now, we will tile the floor and everything will be so much nicer and easier to  keep clean. “ At 10:00 the office of a organisation called and asked Norbert: „ When are you planning to pass by to receive the money?“ „Which money?“ he asked. „ Well, the donation which we received for your sewing project a few days ago!“ „I didn’t know about it!“ he replied.  The joy was great. When we bought the tiles, the first quality tile was discounted and cheaper as the second quality tile. The salesman couldn’t explain it. This way we could tile the whole building. The sewing project has very bright rooms, now.

At the same time, the sewing classes started and the new created workshops. Ms. Sabine Frank from the Senior Expert Service -  a ministry of the German Government has been with us again for 9 weeks to teach our teachers. Everybody is missing her very much. Thank you Sabine!

 The leader of the  US Organisation PPP (Projects for the People of Paraguay), Ms. Sheri Bitzan (photo below) visited us. It was the initiative of her organisation that started this sewing project in 2009.  The project wasn’t our idea –simply a miracle.

Monday, September 26, 2016

blankets for the flood victims in Paraguay

 Paraguay had  a big flood  a few months ago. The rising rivers forced  tens of thousands of Paraguayans to leave their houses. "El nino"! In the last weeks almost all the families could move back. Thanks to donations we were able to sew new blankets.


Our sewing lady Marguerita showed us how high the level of the rio Paraguay was. But after the families had left their houses the lootings started.

We invited the affected women to sew their own new blanket for their families and affected relatives and neighbours.


The women were/are coming every Friday afternoon.

They are very thankful and glad and can proudly present their blankets.

 This event is a big sucess for everyone who is supporting the sewing project. We couldn't do this without the supplies, without the skilled and trained teachers, without the sewing machines. Thank you. On the photo below our teacher Margerita (left) is showing the next step.

We distributed some blankets - see photos below: It was a little gift, but one recipient said. " It is a little gift that comes from a big heart!" 
The river is far away.

photo above: single mother in her hut.
 We felt as we were visiting some of the poorest of the country.

 The line in the wood indicates very well where the water level was.

 The family of an electrician. A lot of persons had to rescue their things and move into a shelter.They couldn't go to work and some lost their job - like this man..


 Photos below:
We visited a Refugio in Zeballos Cué. The families decided to move back when the school year will finish in December. So the kids don't have to move to another school during the school year.

In between the huts:

Thank you so much!!.

progress 2015 part 2

2.Semester 2015

 A dream comes true!!
We finished the year 2015 with our first fashion show. We prepared the catwalk, the devotional time, music and a little snack. A lot of improvisation but it worked!! We were so impressed.!!



This event was such a success that we will do it every year. We will invite relatives and friends and would like to invite the pupils from the national schools as well.We uploaded some videos on our facebook page:  Enjoy!!!  https://www.facebook.com/Sewing-project-Paraguay-1471027909840312/



Every woman showed some of her creations. Afterwards they received their diploma. Some have worked really hard -but the most important thing: they endured. What a creativ potential lies within them. We are excited and proud of them!!


One maintitle of the catwalk music was: „Creelo“(Believe it!) from Sheila Romero. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThhGfHk9NGQ


The schools:
All schools had an exposition. The Photo below shows the Colegio San Enrique, in which we a very moving mini -fashion show. Have a look at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sewing-project-Paraguay-1471027909840312/

We chose the song "Speak Life" (from Toby Mac) 

the television came and showed what the students in the Colegio Palmar did learn.


The Aché Indios

We were invited to participate in the festivities of the 39th founding party of the Ache tribe in Puerto Barra.  We have never dreamed to teach Indios. Thank you God!
We heard one phrase several times: God forgives you every sin, but the time is merciless! the leaders wanted to express that they have to press forward or they will have to face the same fate as so many other tribes in Paraguay - as begglars besides the roads and parks.
The seamstresses and leaders of the Aché in Puerto Barra.

And we are glad that our input moves other persons and organisations: the wive of the district governor of Alto Parana donated a new overlock machine.
  



A big thank you to our supporters: The company Stratic donated suitcases, the company gütermann donated fabrics.  A lot of families gave us their used sewing machine. Our friends in the blackforest town of Ebersweier were amazing. Our friend Christa Kaltenbrunn organized fundraiser parties. .Our friend Georg Scheifler did repair the sewing machines. The Nähzentrum Regner in Weißenburg/Bavaria is collecting since the beginning. Thank you so much!!Gracias!

Progress 2015 part1


thanks to the German Abassador of Paraguay the sewing project could profit of the  expertise of Sabine Frank. Sabine Frank  is a Senior Expert and was sent to Paraguay by the German organisation SES (Senior Experten Service). Thanks to all who made this possible.
 Mrs Frank visited with us the Aché tribe and showed the women there how they could produce T-shirts for the pupils. The Achés show the first sample on the first photo above.
Thanks to a fabric donation the women are challenged to sew 50 T-Shirts. 


 Every week Mrs. Sabine Frank was teaching our teachers and showed them new techniques and crafts.
she visited our classes to improve the teaching style and methods. Photo above: our sewing class in Dignity Village in Itaugua.
And she helped in every class as much as she could as seen in Nino Jesus, Limpio.

 Besides she was always looking for new ideas to inspire our fabrication.

The amazing nature in Paraguay was on the program as well. Behind: the Iguazu Falls. We visited them after our workshop in the Aché tribe.

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!