quilts was sewn by a Sudanese grandmother telling of the family's escape in 1996 from war-torn Sudan to Ethiopia. Each night they ran, then slept during the day hiding in bushes to escape notice of fighters. They came to America and live in Kansas City.
Refugees there are offered an opportunity to learn to sew. They are taught basic sewing skills in a 9 week class. They learn how to cut fabric using a pattern, how to sew straight seams and hems with an electric sewing machine and how to sew with elastic. At the end of the 9 week class, the students are given their own sewing machine they had personally used in the class along with fabric, thread and notions, an ironing board and iron and a new pair of shears.
|Tasillia, a South Sudanese refugee (L) with Ann Say (R)|
Once We Were Refugees is a non-profit ministry directed by Ann Say. These classes are taught by volunteers. The supplies and materials have been donated by the greater Kansas City community.