These dresses were very kindly taken by a local church (Christchurch in Clevedon) on their recent trip to Uganda. Thanks to my dad for spotting they were about to go in the local paper! As well as visiting people in the community, the group spent time in four schools in Uganda, visited the local health centre, a teenage mother’s group, two women’s groups, and an after school club which provides food and fun to orphaned children. Some of the 30 dresses and 20 shorts they took were given to leaders of community groups supporting vulnerable people and some to poor families they encountered in the communities they visited.
A huge thank you to Gill and the rest of the team for distributing the dresses and shorts and sharing these lovely photos. Gill said that the dresses were all very happily received and will be really useful and appreciated. Gill also shared some other photos of the communities they visitied and said how shocking the poverty and hardship in Uganda is.
This is the local school
Compare this to a British classroom.
This is a typical house
Water is obtained from a pump.
Christchurch supports two charities working in Uganda if people are interested in finding out more http://www.careforuganda.org/ and http://www.ugandaconcern.com/
I also received another lovely photo of a dress reaching Peru. This was sent direct to Peru by Pauline who had a friend who was visiting. Thanks Pauline. Gorgeous photos!
300 dresses went off this morning to find new homes. 100 to a school who will be taking them to Malawi later in the year and 200 to a charity called CART to distribute to various projects in Africa. More dresses have been arriving too. Huge thanks to Audrey (10 dresses), Libby (7 dresses), Marian (15 dresses), Shirley (2 dresses), Jill (68 dresses and 10 shorts), Maureen (13 dresses), Karen (8 dresses), Jo and students at Baxter College (10 dresses), Irene and friends at Whitefriars Church (55 dresses and 8 bags), Thats Sew Lilly (2 shorts).
Finally, the winner of the Groupon giveaway is Cath from egiraffe. Congratulations! You should receive your voucher very soon.