SO ‘n SO Gals conduct sewing and craft classes once a month for boys and girls at BanYa. These classes are part of the Seeds of Change program, founded by Karen Ellison in 2013. Students between the age of 9 and 15 attend a 2+ hour session to learn and practice new skills. Classes are conducted @ BanYa Literacy and Learning Center on the first Tuesday and Wednesday, usually between September and February.
Presently, in 2020, we are conducting our third year of classes. Projects vary based upon donated supplies and the students we help.
Project examples include:
- Personalized book bags
- Customizing a t-shirt
- Sewing basics (buttons, stitches, thread selection, needles)
- Making a fabric stuffed animal
- Practice of English, Thai, and Burmese words for the tools we use
Benefits of Learning to Sew
- Mental and physical development (fabric selection, color coordination, sizing, etc.)
- Strengthen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
- Build self-esteem, perseverance, and self confidence
- Personal and creative expression
- Productive use of personal time
- Potential career path