A little bit of history
Princesse Maria Amélia is a Catholic school located in Funchal in Portugal.
For over a century this learning place had been administrated by Saint Vincent de Paul’s Charity Sisters who offer to students a Christian, human and civic education. The message transmitted by all educators is rooted by Gospel values of sharing and loving, as wished by Saint Vincent de Paul, Charity apostle and founder of our Company.
For the time being, Princesse Maria Amélia school is managed by our community of seven Sisters.
Some people are also engaged to help us in different missions:
- Provide school to 350 students
- Oversee the nursery and kindergarten (150 children)
- Oversee the home for the elderly (40 residents)
- Oversee the home for children in insecurity
And animate the group of International Charity Association (AIC) and Immaculate Marie’s daughters.
What is our project?
This project aims to help young people from disadvantage areas who are placed in our home and have no professional training.
Children from these areas have less possibilities to develop their technical skills, therefore it is necessary to provide them trainings considering daily realities and family backgrounds to respond to their educational needs.
It is the reason why we would like to set up this sewing workshop integrated in a free learning training so that they develop their individual skills. The creativity will play a fundamental role in the process of building and create pieces. Apart from developing skills in that sector, we will underscore the importance of promoting recycling and re-using different
Sewing machine Location of the workshop
9 young girls between 13 and 19 will benefit from the project.
There will be 2 training sessions by week. The course will last for 2 hours, and this for 3 months.
First, they will learn the theoretical basis of sewing. In a second time they learn how to reuse clothing. The third phase of learning will allow girls to learn to work with the sewing machine to finally achieving from A to Z a piece of their choice designed by themselves!
Thanks to everybody who will help us to make this project come true.
My name is Sister Berta Carriço, and I have 60 years of experience. I am Portuguese and for a year I have been living in a Community composed of 5 Sister, in Funchal-Portugal. I am the director of the home for children and young people in trouble.
Among our activities, we are working with some areas of the Vincentienne Family (AIC, SSVP, AMM, JMV) as well as our Parish with catechism.
(i.e €8,50 after tax deduction)
A warm thank you on our social networks + news of the project sent by e-mail
(i.e €34 after tax deduction)
A typical embroidery par of Madeira Island for bottles