The tailoring school was birthed when we reached a massive hurdle to get clothes from America to Africa for our Love Covers Outreach. There was no way to ship items into Uganda tax free. That meant we would have to pay upwards of 50 percent in duty and taxes on anything we shipped. We could not proceed forward with Love Covers until an affordable solution was made clear.
Amazingly, within days of praying God gave us the idea to start a tailoring school in Sudan. We could raise money for the machines, train the women in our discipleship program to sew, and then the women could sew the Love Covers uniforms to “earn” their machine.
In November 2006, we opened the school completely on faith with only three machines. Twenty women joined us from 9 AM to 1 PM daily to learn the art of tailoring. By the time they were ready to start learning on a machine, God had stirred over 200 women in the USA to donate for machines! This first school lasted for four months. On graduation day, we held a big party and invited the entire community. Each woman was given a certificate and their own machine to take home to start a business. Today, our tailoring school is a key component in our “Love Covers Outreach,” through which we have clothed over 6,000 kids in Uganda and Sudan.