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Giovanna EwbanksLittle Dresses for Africa was honored to welcome the beautiful and gracious Giovanna Ewbanks, Brazilian actress and model, as she shared with her homeland  our story right from the Village of Mataka, in Malawi, Africa.  Coming soon, more pictures and video. Click here for more about Giovanna and our recent trip to Africa.

Lillian Weber to send 1000 dresses by age 100.Lillian is our “sewing celebrity” who turned 100 in May. Lillian met her goal of 1000 dresses by the time she turned 100! We have created a Lillian shipping fund to help get dresses to the children. 100% of the donations in the Lillian Weber Fund will go to shipping little dresses to Africa. Thank you for your help! We are thankful for all of the “Lillians” out there sewing for the children! Donate to the Lillian Weber Shipping Fund here.

Please see  the  “drop down tabs”  above for more information. 

Changing lives one little dress at a time… Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian  organization, which provides relief to the children of  Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in  Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy! Knowing the history of the girls in Africa and the difficult road that lay ahead, Rachel O’Neill decided to take  some dresses to the children in the villages.  A small group of ladies began to sew simple little dresses, made out of pillowcases, to be distributed to young girls through the orphanages in  Africa.

Why Pillowcases?

(Pillow case pattern is great, but any simple pattern is also fine)

  • Easy enough for a novice seamstress.
  • Already has the hem and sides in it and easily available new and gently used.
  • Brightly colored sundresses are perfectly suited for the African climate.

All across America and Now The world!

This ministry continues to grow as groups of all sizes spring up across America and now many other countries across the world.  Crossing age, gender and denominational lines, these little dresses serve the most vulnerable of God’s children: little girls.  LDFA has received well over 3 MILLION LITTLE DRESSES and donations from all 50 states across the USA , and 31 other countries.   3 MILLION!  That’s a lot of little girls!!

47 countries in Africa.   31 other countries. Imagine it!  All your beautiful little dresses out there planting in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy! You are changing the world, one little dress at a time!

Yes!  We have served all these countries including areas right here in the United States such as the Appalachian Mountains and South Dakota, but more importantly than how many have been shipped, are the lives that they have touched.  These beautiful dresses go out as little Ambassadors in the name of Jesus, to give hope to the children that receive them.

How to Help: There’s something for everyone to do!

  • Start sewing independently or start your own group.
  • Donate financially to shipping costs or our other important and life-changing projects.
  • Spread the word.
  • Take them with you in your bags when you go on your mission trips. We are happy to mail them to your teams to take in your extra bags for distribution.
  • For dresses for your mission team, have your group contact us.

Remember, the job is not complete until these little dresses are actually on the the little girls that need them. We send them with teams. Mail them domestically and internationally, and take them personally to the children that need them so desperately.  This is an ongoing project and we send them every week.  We are not going to run out of kids, so please jump in and help us! Please enclose your tax-deductible donation to help with shipping whenever possible. It costs an average of $2.00/dress to get the dresses to the children.  Although it is not required, any amount you can send help. Thank you in advance for your help! Check the galleryfor pictures!  Due to the amazing response, we can’t promise specific pictures, but maybe your little dress will turn up in a picture on a precious little girl! Pillow case pattern can be downloaded below, or use any simple pattern.  We also need boys shorts desperately.

“We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE!”

Click here for pillow case dress directions

To confirm your dresses were received,

please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Thank you so much for your help!

Any simple pattern is great!  Zikomo! Finished items and financial donations for shipping can be sent to:

24614 Curtis Drive, Brownstown, MI 48134

or donate on line

Making a difference, here and across the ocean, one little dress at a time!


If you’d like verification that your dresses were received, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Little Dresses for Africa
24614 Curtis Dr.
Brownstown, MI 48134

You can reach us by phone at 734-637-9064