Girls in shanty towns and refugee camps are made more vulnerable by inadequate clothes.
Dress A Girl Around the World is a US based charity which sends newly-made cotton dresses to areas where they’re desperately needed.
But you don’t have to be based in the States to take part. There’s a UK ambassador (scroll down here).
The dresses are simply made from good quality cotton and bias binding. You don’t have to be a sewing expert. You just need to know how to use a sewing machine. You can find visual ‘do’s and don’ts here.
For instructions email firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be sent full details.
What do you do with the finished garment(s)? You may be lucky enough to find a local collection point. Dressmakers in south Lincolnshire, for example, can hand in completed dresses at Gather ‘N Sew in Bourne which also acts a collection point for Linus blankets and quilts. Linus is a project which provides quilts for hospital patients. Each quilt becomes the property of the patient so an endless supply of knitted, crocheted and patchwork quilts is needed.
Failing that, you could email the UK Ambassador to find out where to send dresses.
Having decent clothing to wear is something we take for granted. But for vulnerable girls living in extreme poverty, one well-made, colourful dress is essential for dignity.