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About

PROJECT STITCH

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Project Stitch was founded by Dr Joanna Cherry and Physiotherapist Scott Gillenwater in 2012 at Hopital Bernard Mevs in Port au Prince, Haiti. We are a sewing programme founded to empower physically challenged Haitians through education and hands on teaching.

We aim to provide vocational skills to our participants and thus allow them to reintegrate and thrive in their local communities.

Disability can be extremely isolating in the developed world but in Haiti it can completely cut off a person from the world around them. After spending time working on the medical side of Spinal Cord Injury at Hopital Bernard Mevs, in Port au Prince, Haiti, Jo and Scott realized that any approach to changing the lives the patients and their perception by the Haitian people would need to involve an activity that not only reinforced the patients self esteem but also let them regain their place in an ever developing, post disaster society. Project Stitch was created to provide the patients with the resources necessary to become independent and productive members of society.

Our first class was started thanks to a grant from the Christopher Reeves Foundation secured by SCI Haiti.

 

about-image-2Our first graduates were able to keep their machines thanks to a donation by Team Broken Earth – who we are working with to make this a long term sustainable project.

Our project is designed to give physically challenged Haitians and their relatives means of generating a steady income. We have recently received contracts from local businesses and the profits from these projects are used for continuing the programme but also to provide income for the participants. We aim to provide products to the local community that are expertly crafted whist being value for money.

Our project so far has helped two under served groups in Haiti; Wheelchair users and arm amputees and we hope to continue providing for these people. We are proud to have a local team responsible for the day to day running of the programme as well as a fantastic instructor who has taught our participants the theories behind tailoring as well as the practical aspects of the trade.

TRADE TRAINING FOR HAITI’S FUTURE

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TEAM

DR JOANNA CHERRY
DR JOANNA CHERRYFounder
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Jo is the co-founder and director of Project Stitch and is responsible for the development of the project and fundraising for the project. Jo is based in the UK where she is a doctor with an interest in Trauma but she makes frequent trips to Haiti to work on the development of the programme and to volunteer as a physician.
SCOTT GILLENWATER
SCOTT GILLENWATERFounder
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Scott is currently the acting project director of Project Stitch where he works daily on the management of all current projects by assuring all the aims of the project are met, providing independent advice to the participants of the program and organizing of all the various participants working on the projects as well as overseeing that all quality standards are met. He is also working as Director of operations at the country’s premier trauma Hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
VIVIEN REGINE
VIVIEN REGINEInstructor of the program
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Instructor of the program Ivrose Marquette was her sewing teaching and introduced her to the program.She likes the program because she is proud of teaching others something that they didn’t know before.
PADIEU ILENIE
PADIEU ILENIELocal Coordinator of the program
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Jason Miller was the person who referred her to the program.She has 4 children.She said that she likes the program and it helps her to provide food for her children.
JOMÈNENESTOR
JOMÈNENESTORSewer in the program
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Her daughter Estephanie Jossier is 15 years old and suffered a spinal cord injury after falling in a hole. Estephanie knew about the sewing program and referred her mother Jomène Nestor to the program.She likes the program because it is helping her learn new things that will give her a better future.
CATOR HUDSON
CATOR HUDSONSewer in the program
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He was invited to the program by Dr. Jo. He has 2 children.He says the program has helped him a lot psychologically and he has realized that what he is learning will help him survive.
JUNIOR JOSEPH
JUNIOR JOSEPHSewer in the program
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He was working in construction. He suffered a spinal cord injury at work while helping to set up a gate.He feels the program will help him a lot because he will be able to survive.
AIMÉ CAROLE
AIMÉ CAROLESewer in the program
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She was injured while selling groceries in a market called Rue des Cesars. She was shot by thieves in the market. She has 4 children and really enjoys the program because it will help her in her future.
BELLUNE CLAUSELLE
BELLUNE CLAUSELLESewer in the program
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Before learning how to sew I used to sale, go to school and I did some business Now I’m learning how to sew and I like it a lot. I thought I would not be able to do it but now I find myself in it. This is a very very joyful time.
BRUNARD KETZIA
BRUNARD KETZIASewer in the program
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I live with my parents I have four brothers and 3 sisters. I am a student studying in management and I am also selling things at school. At first I didn’t know how to sew at that time I had both arms, Now I’m sewing with one arm and I’m proud of myself.
JULIE MARIE GUERRIER
JULIE MARIE GUERRIERSewer in the program
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I have my husband and a step son, my mom and my nephew live with me. I like to sale and I used to teach and study at the same time. Now I’m a part of the sewing project.
DENISE GENEUS
DENISE GENEUSSewer in the program
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I have one child and my husband who is living with me. At first I used to work with some missionaries after that. They went back to the states and I went to sell. Since the earthquake I do no sell anymore. My husband is not working and I have no money to continue but thank God and Dr. Jo who put this program for us so we can sew with one hand. After I lost my right arm I didn’t think if I can use one hand to sew; now I can!
JULIE MARIE GUERRIER
JULIE MARIE GUERRIERSewer in the program
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I have my husband and a step son, my mom and my nephew live with me. I like to sale and I used to teach and study at the same time. Now I’m a part of the sewing project.
CARL
CARLSewer in the program
YOUYOUTE
YOUYOUTESewer in the program

GIVING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED HAITIANS THE MEANS TO GENERATE AN INCOME

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TEACHING THEORIES OF TAILORING & PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF TRADE

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PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

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SUPPORTING PARTNERS

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In September 2013 Project Stitch formed a strategic partnership with Enactus Memorial, an award winning student volunteer organization from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Enactus is working with Project Stitch to create and design a brand of marketable products created by the participants, starting with men’s neckties.

In October of 2013 three members from Enactus travelled to Haiti, to get a full understanding of the program. During their trip they took footage of the program and its participants so they could market Project Stitch in Canada.

Now Enactus is bringing business students know how to the team to contibute to the project’s sustainability. This partnership allows our team to have with volunteer’s business experience on top of our incredible team who work hands on in Port-Au-Prince.

Our new team then connected with key industry professionals to create a design of neckties, which would work in the North American market. From there we worked with our Haiti based partners to develop two lines of ties, a cotton Haitian flare and a professional silk. With the new design Enactus performed a financial analysis that determined pricing levels, which would be competitive in the market and profitable for Project Stitch.

Now, working together, we are expanding the Project Stitch brand throughout North America while creating better lives for our participants. We are excited to continue making high quality neckties and look forward to seeing them proudly complete men’s outfits for any occasion.

 

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

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Project Stitch relies on its sponsors to enable us to continue to do our fantastic work. Whether you are a company or individual, if you would like to support us please either get in contact using the form at the bottom of the page or select an option below.

ANY DONATION

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  • Project Stitch relies solely on sponship to continue our great work. Any donation, large or small, can really help us make a difference!

SEWING MACHINE

$100
  • Our sewing machines are the life blood of Project Stitch. Each one is not only valuable to us, but also to the participants in the project who keep their machines when they graduate.

HALF SPONSORSHIP

$500
  • For each member of the program Project Stitch has to provide, teaching, transportation and materials for at least 4 months. Please help us by partially sponsoring a participant

FULL SPONSORSHIP

$1000
  • Help a physically challenged Haitian to reintegrate into their community! Full sponsorship allows us to add another member to the program.

DR GEORGE CHERRY

Dr George Cherry, the father of one of our founders, passed away recently. He believed in giving people in the developing world the opportunity to help themselves and was very proud of the achievements of Project Stitch. George and his wife Chris provided some of the first machines for our trainees- including our first embroidery machine. His family have asked for all donations in his name to go to continuing the work of Project Stitch in Haiti. Thank you for your generosity.

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