Little Dresses Make a Big Difference Across the World
Although the women and young girls do the majority of the work: working fields, planting, harvesting, gathering kindling to cook, all usually with a baby on their back, they are always the last to be served food, and if the food runs out, they don’t eat.
Little Dresses for Africa saw in the eyes of these young girls that they knew they had a rough road ahead. The founder, Rachel O’Neill, decided to do something to honor them, and to make them feel worthy. She decided to distribute little dresses made of pillowcases to the girls to offer them hope. During distribution simple lessons are taught on nutrition, clean water and sanitation and lives are saved as a result. Little Dressed for Africa seeks to change lives by crossing age, gender, and denominational lines to help others.
Donations were received from all 50 US States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. These donations were delivered to 38 countries in Africa, as well as other countries in crisis such as: Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Israel, Haiti, and Vietnam. Through these donations, avenues were opened that made it possible to build a primary school in Malawi and send aid to the school and surrounding villages.
From there, a water well was put in, and a school master’s house is now in the process of being built. Thousands of people continue to get involved as the project spreads across the internet and blogs, engaging all ages to help others. Dresses are sent with mission teams, mailed directly and taken each year to plant hope in the hearts of little girls. “We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.”
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Volunteer of the Year
Little Dresses for Africa
Planting the seeds of worthiness in the hearts of little girls. We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.
- $150,000 Raised to Provide Aid to Children in Africa
- Have Helped Roughly One Million Children
- Built a Primary School in Malawi
- Provided Nutrition, Sanitation, and Clean Water Education to Children in Africa
Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Israel, Haiti, and Vietnam