Sew-A-Hope Project on Yahoo! News - 27 Nov 2015

Operation Rejoice started Sew-A-Hope project when secondary school friend, Ms Yen Koh (co-founder of, donated fabric and other sewing resources to us. 


Arts and crafts for a cause: How it's being done in Singapore

When the earthquake that killed over 9,000 people struck Nepal in May this year, secondary school friends Zwen Chua, 37, and Janice Lim, 37, knew they had to do something to help their friends.

Both of them have strong ties to the country, as Chua goes over biannually for her Buddhism retreats, while Lim goes frequently for trekking.

After raising funds through their personal social media accounts, they were surprised to find they had collected $50,000 in less than two months.

Wanting to help in a more sustainable way, they started in May Operation Rejoice, a non-profit organisation which is in the process of being registered, said Chua.

When another secondary school friend donated fabric to them, Chua and Lim decided to launch Sew-A-Hope, which allows volunteers to pick up the fabric and donate finished goods, such as pencil cases or pouches that the group could sell.

With no prior sewing skills, Chua purchased a sewing machine and began hosting sessions where people could drop by to meet and sew.

She quickly realised, however, that most preferred to work in their private workspace.

While they don’t record the amount of cloth collected by volunteers, there has not been any issues with missing fabric.

“In fact sometimes, volunteers bring back items sewn with their own fabric, as a donation,” she said, adding that everyone can play a part, even children.

Chua, who is a school principal, said, “It is important for people to know that you don’t have to have much to help. Every little bit counts, no matter how little, and everyone can play a part.”





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