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Equipping the poor with sewing skills


Tiah (fourth from left), TA Capital vice-president Chen Yoke Ha (right) and TA foundation co-director Pat Chen (third from right) with representatives from the schools receiving the uniforms.

Tiah (fourth from left), TA Capital vice-president Chen Yoke Ha (right) and TA foundation co-director Pat Chen (third from right) with representatives from the schools receiving the uniforms.

TA Foundation’s effort to empower single or poor mothers with sewing skills proved extremely fruitful when 900 sets of new hand-sewn school uniforms were donated to 12 deserving schools at the TA Family Living Skills Centre (TAFLSC).

Set up by TA Foundation more than a year ago, TAFLSC is a project to equip poor families living in Taman Medan with skills and knowledge needed at work and school to be more self-reliant.

“With the help of an experienced tutor, these women have learnt basic sewing skills and now they are able to sew curtains as well as work and school uniforms,” said TA Foundation director Datin Alicia Tiah.

Apart from sponsoring all the materials needed to make the uniforms, TA Foundation has also paid wages to these women to sew the uniforms to help them generate their own income.

“The sewing skills have benefited my family and the extra income certainly helps to ease our burden” said K. Mallika, a 56-year-old single mother of two.

Rather than focusing on individuals, TAFLSC aims to improve the lives of a whole family unit with a synergistic multi-pronged approach, as it may yield better success and have a lasting impact.

Currently executing Phase 1 which focuses on sewing skills for mothers, TAFLSC is looking forward to launch Phase 2 in the near future which will see school-going children benefit from educational and motivational classes.

For Phase 3, Tiah said the fathers might be equipped with the skills to breed tilapia, though this has yet to be confirmed.

“Tilapia is in demand and can be financially rewarding.

“This can definitely elevate the lifestyle of the entire family,” she added.

SJK(T) Seaport, SJK(T) Puchong Batu 14, SJK(T) Ladang Rasak, SJK(T) Castlefield, SJK(T) Glenmarie, SJK(T) Ladang Jalan Acob and SJK(T) Sungai Renggam were among the 12 schools present at the event to receive 500 school uniforms.

The remaining 400 school uniforms purchased by other companies and individuals from TAFLSC were donated to SJK(C) San Yuk, SK Bario, SJK(T) Ladang Emerald, SJK(T) Ladang Midlands and SJK(T) Hicom.

“We hope that more companies will come forward to do their bit for charity through our project.

“Providing the children with uniforms and basic school necessities can help parents to focus on other important needs of their children,” said Tiah.

TAFLSC is now open to sewing contracts from corporations, schools, associations and individuals to help generate an income for these women so they can be self-sustaining.

For details, call 03-7773 0751 or visit tafamilylivingskillscentre@gmail.com

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