Author Archives: Dawn McMullan

Coloring for the Congo party Feb. 16!

Do you like wine?

Do you like your friends?

Do you need a couple of hours to tap into your creative brain?

Have you heard that adult coloring parties are a thing now?

Do you like doing good in the world?

You’re in luck. Join us at Times Ten Cellars for a wonderful evening with Creative Coach Jill Allison Bryan to raise money for 10 new sewing machines for our sewing school. Click here to RSVP.

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5th-Annual Climb for Congo = a huge success!

We raised $2,368— our second biggest amount yet! A huge thanks to all the youth groups who came out to have fun and support children in the Congo. You guys rock! And an enormous shout out to the kids at Team Texas Youth Climbing Team. We couldn’t do it without you! Can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

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Thanks to all the youth groups who attended: First UMC Allen, Greenland Hills UMC, Northpark Presbyterian, Ridgewood Park UMC, and Suncreek UMC. You guys are the best!

Our 2015 graduates!

We opened our sewing school just outside of Bukavu in the summer of 2014. This month, 30 women graduated after six months of training and a two-month internship. Their final project was to sew their graduation outfits. Everything about the day was beautiful. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day happen!

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Grand opening of our new sewing school!

The Congo Restoration Sewing School in Bukavu is officially open for education! We welcome our 30 new students and can’t wait to see what they do! The students will graduate in February with skills that will pull them out of poverty and shame. Stay tuned for updates on their progress!

Our first class of students!

Our first class of students!

Founder Gorethy Nabushosi and our new teachers.

Founder Gorethy Nabushosi and our new teachers.

The search for new students begins

Now that we have the funds, the building, the teachers, all we need are students. Founder Gorethy Nabushosi is interviewing candidates and will choose 30 to be the first class of the Congo Restoration Sewing School Bukavu.

Stay tuned!

Gorethy with perspective students.

Gorethy with perspective students.

Women lined up outside the school to interview.

Women lined up outside the school to interview.

Our new school!

Our new school!

Our most successful Climb for Congo yet!

This was our most successful Climb for Congo yet — raising almost $2,700 for two orphans in the Congo, buy several sewing machines for the Congo Restoration Sewing School, with some left over to help more women in kids in the worst conflict the world has seen since WWII. Thanks to the church groups who came out, to Summit Climbing Gym – Dallas, Team Texas Youth Climbing Team, and everyone else who came out to help on Sunday. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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Thanks to all the youth groups who joined us: Northridge Presbyterian, NorthPark Presbyterian, Greenland Hills UMC, Ridgewood Park UMC, and University Park UMC. We had a blast!






We did it!

“The little grassroots people can change the world.” — Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

You have proved Wangari is right!

In just 43 days, you changed the world by supporting a little sewing school in Eastern Congo that will change the trajectory of the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women. This evening, the Congo Restoration Sewing School in Bukavu took its first step toward reality. We raised $15,310 — enough for us to open our doors this summer. Now it’s time to find a space, hire teachers, buy sewing machines, and sign up new students! The board of directors for Congo Restoration and the women of Eastern Congo can’t thank you enough.

Now, let’s get to opening that school!

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Starting Some Good!

We started our first first crowdfunding campaign today — on International Women’s Day. It seems the perfect day to begin a 43-day campaign that will change the trajectory of women in the Congo!

Here’s the scoop on the campaign:

• We have until Easter Sunday to raise $15,100 to start our new sewing school in Bukavu.

• If we don’t raise the entire $15,100, we don’t get to keep any of it. That’s the way it is in the world of crowdfunding campaigns.

• When we do raise the $15,100, we will immediately begin work opening the new school and educating 60 women a year!

Here’s more about our campaign. Please take the time to watch our 3:30-minute video (we 40-somethings had to endure asking help of our eye-rolling teenagers to learn how to do it). If you feel so compelled, please donate and share.

Thank you!