Thank you to Olivia who has organised the printing of labels for both dresses and shorts. Please see the Facebook page and message Olivia or me if you would like to purchase some, £6 for 50 including postage.
A huge thank you to Jayney Taylor who organised a Sewing Bee in Bridgend where they made 30 dresses with more to come. They also made dolls and collected underwear for the children.
Lots of dresses and shorts going out to Peru, Ghana and Uganda over the next few weeks. Great to see schools taking items - Pipers Corner School near High Wycombe going to Peru, Oldham Hulme Grammar going to Ghana. Hopefully we will get photos when they are all delivered.
These are the last of the dresses and shorts from 2017 being sent to Syria via Samaras Aid, not sure we will get photos, but I should be notified of their safe arrival. Thank you to everyone who made dresses last year - over 5000 dresses and 1000 shorts were received and sent on to children in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Greece, Syria to name but a few.
We start 2018 with the amazing story of Mary and David Hogg from Scunthorpe - see the BBc film here.
This has kick started the campaign for this year in an incredible way - thank you to everyone who has contacted me.
Love the shorts that Carol has made, these are so fab as they have draw cords instead of elastic so will fit more children and will last longer than those with elastic which tends to go hard in the heat conditions.
The Peasant Dresses also. Have a draw cord at the neckline again a magic idea as then the dress will fit almost any size shoulders without the need for alterations. Fantastic work Carol, thank you!
Hello Everyone. Just a short newsletter to update you.
We have heard from Louise who travelled to both Nepal and to India with dresses, shorts, teddies and more so kindly made by you all. Here is a short message update from Louise who has now returned from India, no photos as yet but if we are lucky enough to have a few I will post them.
"The team of 9 who travelled to India 12-19th November were able to pack all of the clothes which were so kindly made. Some of these were distributed across three children's homes for orphans, children affected by leprosy, and children with HIV. The remainder have been wrapped up to be given as Christmas presents to the children.
They were all so grateful to have something pretty to wear, and it was lovely to see the smiles and laughter as they tried everything on.
Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone who has given their time to sew for such a wonderful cause.
With every blessing
The second piece of news is that at last our 5 boxes of dresses, shorts, teddies, bags and more will be sent out to join a shipment that is being flown to the DRC Congo and will we hope not stick too long in Customs, then will make their way to the Orphanage where those little ones in the photographs in our previous newsletter live. So they will have their new things before Easter.
It will take time as there are a number of stages on the journey where we have to make sure all is well before the next step! It can be very hard to be patient when we see their need!! At least we know they are on the way now so a HUGE THANK YOU to every one of you who has made with love.
If anyone has a few more shorts or peasant dresses to send please do now send to Jacqui Onslow
Who is continuing maintain all the work of Dress a Girl
Whilst I have stepped down from being involved rather full time due to my spine condition I am remaining in touch with two organisations close to me here (Omushana and Care for Uganda) and can let them have any more peasant dresses or shorts that arrive (NO pillowslip dresses this time thank you as they are not so appropriate in the region where these are visiting).
'Hello' from these young people who are needing dresses and shorts! Also little bags with a small note pad, a pencil, sharpener and eraser would be a welcome gift!
I know that you wonderful volunteers will take up your needles and scissors again for these lovely children!
We are taking with our USA counterparts to establish links to the DRCCongo where these children live. It will take time and if anyone knows of someone who is visiting the area please let us know!! The links are so very important. DAG - USA have been there but it was some time ago and we hope that we can help soon(ish!)
A couple more photos are on the gallery
Thanks for reading