WE EXIST TO CARE FOR WIDOWS AND ORPHANS
James127 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings God's hope to widows and orphans by providing free sewing training to vulnerable women in Kenya.
James127 was founded on the bible verse James 1:27 which states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Our goal is to bring hope that has been lost in the lives of women as a result of AIDS, death, and poverty. This goal is a reality through James127 Foundation as widowed women learn to create beautiful products leading to a sustainable means to provide for themselves and their families.
Two things captured Anna Taylor’s attention in Kenya: the vibrant African aesthetic and the rampant poverty. In 2009, Anna and her family moved to Africa to work with an international nonprofit. While in Africa, she witnessed things that changed her life: she saw an orphan-run community where children grew crops to provide for themselves, and she saw the beauty of Africa.
In 2010, Anna returned to the United States to go to college and enrolled in her first sewing class. She quickly realized her creativity could be used to help those in need. Anna’s love for Africa continued to influence her and the people continuously captivated her attention. On a trip back to Africa during her sophomore year of college, Anna saw women in the slums – mostly widows – desperate to provide for their children.This is when Anna knew – she wanted to help these women find joy and worth in their lives with a permanent solution. With the help of a Kenyan friend, the James127 Foundation was created and hope for the future was found.
The program is an 18 month training course with three exams through the Kenyan government (NITA) to become certified Kenyan tailors. This certification is crucial for vulnerable women because it entitles them to minimum wage in Kenya. Employers cannot take advantage of them when they hold a certificate. The minimum wage depends on their level of skill and increases with each exam they pass. What we provide is:
A sewing machine for each woman to keep after graduation
Monthly groceries so the women can provide for their families
Monthly Transportation funds
Materials for the sewing training
The Sewing Instructor and Facility
Exam fees for each National exam in Kenya