Tuesday, 7 January 2014

10,000 Handmade Dresses!

I can't believe it but 'Dress A Girl Around the World - UK has now collected......

Yes 10,000 handmade dresses!! Its so amazing. When I first got involved with the project 2 years ago, I never imagined that we would collect 50 dresses for the charity so to reach the grand total of 10,000 is absolutely amazing. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has made and sent dresses and also to those who have distributed dresses and shorts for us. Its such an amazing achievement.

Over 7,000 of the dresses (and 674 shorts) are now being worn by girls and boys in countries all around the world including Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Goa, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, India, Cameroon, Gambia, Peru, Ethiopia, Burundi, The Phillipines, Tanzania, Rwanda, Bulgaria, Argentina, The Congo and The Sudan.

The charity is going from strength to strength with new dresses arriving every day. I have so many new photos to share that throughout January I will be posting new photos from different projects that have received dresses. Let me know if you spot one that you made!

I am looking for distributors for the remaining dresses and already have contacts in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and The Phillipines which look promising and lots more to contact.

The photos below are from an amazing charity called Cariad Kenya run by the parents of friends of mine. They collected 100 dresses earlier in the year to take to the Mudzini Kwetu Centre, a home for negleted children in the village of Kikambala. The charity has supported the centre since 2001 and gives assistance with education, health, accomodation and the relief of poverty.

Rose - Age 2
Each girl in the childrens home received a dress. The younger ones wore them as dresses and the older ones as tops.

Dresses were also distributed in Kikambala village and the rest were given to the Mothers Union in another remote village to distribute at a later date.

The Mothers Union


The charity reported that the children were thrilled to be given something so bright and pretty and loved their new dresses.


Some of the dresses had dolls in the pockets which were a huge success with the little children. The charity explained that African children have very few toys and so initially they had to be shown how to play with the dolls. This is a gorgeous photo of a little girl hugging some of the dolls.

Somoi - Age 2

Sopra was determined this dress would fit her because she loved the colour!

The charity also sent me a lovely letter from one of the girls thanking me for the dresses

There are more photos to come but you can see some of them on the charities most recent newsletter along with a lovely mention of 'Dress A Girl'.

Cariad Kenya have been doing amazing work in Kenya since 2001 and are really committed to helping these children in an ongoing way. The children living at the Mudzini Kwetu Centre have parents who have died of Aids, are in prison or just have no known relatives so they rely on the care they are given by the charity. If you would like to find out more about what they do or support the charity further, please pop over and have a look at their website here.


  1. This is a fantastic cause, is it too late to sign up, or should I say 'sew up'!?

    1. Hi Nicky, Its not to late to sign up. Have a look at the top of the page for the tab which says pillowcase dress info. There is lots of info there about how to get involved. x

  2. Louise, this is just a beautiful post. You are working so hard here to help there (wherever "there" may be!!). May our loving Heavenly Father pour out His love and blessing on you as you give of yourself, and fill you up with His energy!!
    Much love, and thanks for the dresses and shorts you have given to Parental Care Ministries.
    Margaret and John in Wales.

  3. An amazing achievenpment, congratulations Louise! The letter is so touching. Also, many thanks for the speedy delivery of the fabrics I ordered from your shop, I love all of them!

  4. Oh that letter bought a tear to the eye, well done Louise x


Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you! If you ask a question I will reply underneath your comment as soon as I can so please come back and check. Please feel free to 'pin' any of the projects I have made. I love Pinterest!!