Inspiring Moment: Janome Machines Help Young Girls in Thailand
A Janome dealer teaches sewing to keep children out of the sex trade.
The statistics on the global sex trade are depressing: millions of girls (and boys too) living as slaves, with a high risk of contracting AIDS, and no way out. But there is hope. In Thailand, where poor mountain tribe girls are often sold by their families, a ministry called Remember Nhu is making a difference.
Portland, Oregon Janome dealer Brett Moore learned first-hand when he visited the ministry's home for girls in the Thai city of Chang Mai. The owner of Montavilla Sewing Centers brought along his wife, children, and sister and brother-in-law, who helped teach an intensive 4 day sewing school (3 sessions a day, mostly without an interpreter) for the house mothers and 12th grade girls.
The trip came about when Brett qualified for a special Janome dealer trip to Bangkok where he and other dealers would tour the local Janome factories. But several weeks before leaving he met a missionary who told him about the terrible problem of the sex trade and the work that Remember Nhu (named for a girl who was rescued) was doing. Brett contacted Janome America to see if he could make a special purchase of sewing machines for the trip. Instead, Toshi Takayasu, President and CEO of Janome America, Inc., donated ten model 2222 sewing machines, which were delivered to the home along with user manuals specially translated into Thai.
Brett says the experience was intense but very rewarding. "If these girls can learn a skill like sewing, they'll have a way to make a living besides prostitution. Fabric is inexpensive there. But the sewing machines they might purchase locally are not very good. Being able to give them reliable Janome machines that will continue to sew for years was a huge plus."
You can find out more about what Remember Nhu is doing and how you can help.