What is your contact information?
16 Seminary Avenue, Unit C, Hopewell NJ 08525
Seeds to Sew International, PO BOX 22, Hopewell NJ 08525
What is your mission statement?
Seeds to Sew International, Inc. is a US-based, 501(c)3, non-profit organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training.
Our goal is for the women and girls in our programs to use these job skills to make money and support themselves and their communities. We also provide training in the basics of business management such as cash management, opening/balancing/reconciling a bank account, and record keeping. We also educate participants about local laws and their basic rights, as well as the rights of their children, so that they can advocate for themselves and find support when needed as their income and stature in their community grows.
In what countries do you operate?
Our current programs are Kenya-based, however, we have an active US operation that focuses on building the market and selling the products that our participants make. We are also very involved with education programs and talk to schools, university and community groups to help raise awareness about those less fortunate and inspire more socially-responsible enterprises.
How many participants benefit from the programs?
This number changes constantly, so in order to provide an accurate and current number of participants, please CONTACT US directly. As of January 2016, 15 women participated in the sewing program and 25 girls have been able to attend school through our beading and magoto gift-making programs. However, many children, family and community members have directly benefited from the income earned by our sewing participants.
How often do you visit your sites in Kenya? Do you bring volunteers?
We visit our Kenyan operations once a year (usually in July), and almost always bring volunteers with us. CONTACT US if you are interested in traveling with us!
How can I make a monetary donation?
For all possible options, visit our DONATE page
How will my monetary contribution be spent?
You will be able to decide how your contribution is allocated. Perhaps you would like to specifically purchase a sewing machine, offer support to one of the less fortunate girls, or provide a small grant to a woman to assist her in a new product idea or micro-enterprise? We will be able to provide suggestions and report as needed.
What are other things Seeds to Sew accepts as a donation?
DONATE TIME = VOLUNTEER
There are many volunteer opportunities, both front and center (e.g. vending) and behind the scenes (e.g. inventory assembly, data entry)
DONATE MATERIALS/ ORGANIZE A FABRIC DRIVE
• We gratefully accept the following items:
• Colorful fabrics (8"x8" or larger) – cotton, poly/cotton blends
• Spools of thread
• Needles, scissors, cutting boards, measuring tapes, ribbons, and any other sewing notions
• Electric machines in working order
I have a material donation. How do I get it to you?
DROP IT OFF AT OUR SHOP at 16 Seminary Avenue, Unit C, Hopewell, NJ (behind Sticks and Stones Toy Store – 3rd door down the alley)
If we are not here, leave your donation behind the screen door and include your contact information, so we can e-mail you a receipt for your tax purposes.
SCHEDULE A PICKUP
If you are within 10 miles within 08525, we will be happy to pick up or meet you half-way.
What happens with donated materials Seeds to Sew can't use?
We will select materials and notions that we can use such as cotton, poly-cotton blends, some light upholstery or other materials suitable for our products, threads, ribbons, sewing machines, machine parts, scissors, zippers, buttons and other notions that can be used in our programs. All other materials and sewing notions (such as upholstery, batting, patterns) we pass on to our friend organizations such as Homefront, who also have sewing projects and are able to use these. If you wish and request, we will let you know after we are done sorting the donation and if there are any materials we can't use, you will be able to pick them up and pass on to organizations of your choice.
Are contributions to Seeds to Sew tax-deductible?
Yes, your donation (of money, materials or professional services donated in kind) is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of law. We will mail or e-mail you the receipt for your tax purposes.
What do all the foreign words mean?
"Enkiteng" is a Masai word for "cow". Since the Masai community is the first community making our wrapping bags, we felt this name was fitting. A cow symbolizes freedom, wealth and power in this community. Cows are also valued as being the most giving animal as they provide milk on a daily basis, and meat in times of need. Cows are also the dowry that is paid by a groom's family to the family of the bride.
"Enkisoma" means "education" in Masai language
"Githomo" means "education" in Kikuyu language. That is the language spoken in the Mount Kenya area, where our Githomo program is located.
"Magoto" means "natural fiber" in the Kikuyu language. Natural fiber such as banana tree bark, sisal, grass, twigs, corn husks etc.