Colleen Redit, who began CMCT in 1964, writes, ‘Our motto is, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” My aim was to teach vocational skills to poor communities, to give them independence and self-esteem. I began the Haven of Hope Handicraft Centre (run by CMCT) in a garage in Chennai.’
At the Centre more than 100 women and girls are trained and employed in tailoring and embroidery. There is also a hostel that is home to those who have nowhere else to live.
Since its humble beginnings in a garage, the women are now housed in a purpose built centre, enabling CMCT to minister on a bigger scale and in a pleasant environment.
Interview with Polpas, who was trained by and now works for CMCT. As the eldest daughter, her work supports her four siblings.
What were you doing before coming to CMCT?
I was working in a tailoring shop in South India. In 1987 I saw an advert in a Tamil newspaper for girls to work at CMCT. I wanted to work here to earn a salary to support my family, as we are very poor.
How has your life changed since working at CMCT?
I’m earning a good wage and can send money home to my family. I became a Christian at a camp organised by CMCT and was baptised. I intend to please God in all I do and live by his laws.
What would you say to somebody who buys your goods in UK?
Thank you! Buy more!
What would you like Christians in the UK to pray for?
For my sisters to get married so they will have husbands to care for them and for the Lord to open more doors to sell our goods abroad so the work here can continue.