Join Us in Making an Impact!
We're creating a unique mix of events and shopportunities
with a portion of the proceeds donated to the school! In addition, our Sewcial Impact activities will also build a community of like-minded creatives. Partial proceeds from all events and offers on this page will include a donation to the Royal Crown Academy. These are just some of the great features to come:
Workshops, Flash Sales, Trunk Shows, Interviews and other virtual events with a portion of the proceeds donated to the school
"First-Look" merchandise previews (virtual)
Email updates on the school's progress
"Benefactor Boxes" --- curated merchandise selections built around a particular project
Community Meet-n-Greets (virtual)
Bid Now on Our NEW Auction Items!
Our third Sewcial Impact Auction is running now through September 30, 2023.
It includes handcrafted polymer clay jewelry by our friend Debbie Jackson, Check them out, share the links, and enjoy... Thank you to Debbie, and thanks to all for your support!
Our First Progress Report:
August 2023 - I'm pleased to share a progress report from the school's founder. Funds we've raised for Royal Crown Academy so far (now approx. $1700) are being used to build out and repair window and door frames and glass louvers and to continue work on an addition to the building. In addition, fabric has been ordered for new school uniforms - all in preparation for the start of the new school year in October 2023! --- lisa
About CE Sewcial Impact . . .
On my recent buying trip to Ghana (May 2023), I was introduced to the Royal Crown Academy, located in Elmina, in Ghana’s Central Region. I met the school’s founder, Philip Kwesi Ludd, in 2013 during a Cultured Expressions SewJourn, and we’ve remained good friends over the years.
This trip was my first post-pandemic visit to Ghana, so it was also my first opportunity to visit the school, which opened in response to the pandemic. My visit to Royal Crown Academy turned into an impromptu sewing session with the Basic 1 students (age 6). With some help from one of the parents (a dressmaker by trade) and her apprentices, we prepared about 25 fabric squares, needles and threads, and guided the enthusiastic children in stitching my go-to quickie project, the ever-popular Ankara Five-Pocket Pouch Necklace! ; )
The kids did a great job, and of course, this set into motion our shared vision for an expanded sewing session on my next visit.
After speaking with Kwesi and some of the staff, I wanted to make more of a long-term impact by helping to address some of the school’s more basic needs, including completion of additional classrooms to accommodate a waiting list of students, a second school bus, teacher resources, a generator and other elements to strengthen the day-to-day operations. Then, on to the “fun stuff” including sewing and fashion, music, and sports programs, all designed to create well-rounded young citizens.
I feel strongly about the school's mission, the dedication of its leadership, and the beautiful children. I invite you to join me through these special events and offers!
Learn More about the Academy
from its founder, Philip Kwesi Ludd.