SewAID is a program which offers selected women in very poor countries the opportunity to not only learn to sew, but to also provide them with the machines, equipment and skills they need to start a small home business in dressmaking or alterations and repair.
The program is run by founder Tony Castley, and closely supported by his family business Sewgroup International. Additionally most programs are run in conjunction with Rotary International as Tony is very involved with Rotary and has found that the Rotary connection is vital to the success of the programs in Third World countries.
Earlier this month SewAID sent a team to Cambodia. The team included Rotarians and 2 members of Days for Girls Ryde Team. Their objective was twofold, firstly to teach the sewers there how to make Days for Girls kits, and start them on their way to making an order of 500 DFG kits being financed by the Rotary Club of Ryde and Rotary District 9685, secondly to show the sewers how to make market goods that can be sold in the top tourist shops and to also assist them to establish a sales outlet in Siem Reap.