Men learn to sew

The National,Tuesday June 14th, 2016

TWO men were among 25 women to graduate from a basic sewing skills training in Mendi, Southern Highlands, last Friday.
The 27 people had four weeks of intensive training at Muruk Lodge which was funded by the Southern Highlands government.
Quality clothes, including shirts and blouses, sewn during their training were displayed and some were sold to the public.
Facilitator Lucy Yano said many of the graduates were illiterate, school drop-outs and widows who were eager to learn.
“I have trained 27 trainers who will go out to their respective LLGs and districts to train another 27 people,” she said.
“Everything was funded by the provincial government and there were no fees charged so the 27 graduates will not charge fees.”
Yano said plans were underway to visit the graduates in their villages to assess their progress.
She wants many people to be trained.
Yano called on Southern Highlands Governor William Powi for assistance in training mothers in the province.
“Today the mothers are happy that they have learnt something which will sustain their livelihood,” she said.
Yano said the mothers would sew clothes instead of selling betel nut and cigarettes in the scorching sun.