Dee Zesiger

Joy, smiles, and laughter abounded at the Amani Women’s Center on October 4 as three talented women from Burma and the Democratic Republic of Congo graduated from the Sewing Center Academy. Each graduate received a BRAND NEW SEWING MACHINE. The program was hosted by Doris Mukangu, Director of the Center, and the 2016 EUWC Rollins School of Public Health Scholarship.

Among the guests joining this celebration were graduates’ families, a local councilman, representatives from the DeKalb County Board of Health and the Dress for Success program and several members of EUWC. 

The celebration included an APPRECIATION LUNCHEON prepared by the multi-talented Reggie Erowoc. All dishes (but Mary Emma’s Salad) were African and included spinach, rice, chicken, and samosas as well as ginger and ginger/hibiscus beverages. The Amani Women’s Center has continued to expand the services it offers. There is now an English program offered following sewing classes.

Plans are in progress for establishing a reading center in 2018. Volunteers are needed for each program. Marketing outlets are increasing as are the incredible products available.  Since becoming involved with the Center last year, the EUWC support network has helped provide sewing machines and repairs, clothing, toiletries, baby supplies, a mini van, fabrics and sewing supplies, funds, and connections to vending opportunities. Donations are always needed and always welcome.  More about the Amani Women's Center an be found at