Dresses for Haiti Report
This year, after years of hard work and dedication, our Troup 4650 decided to expand our horizons in order to achieve a Sisterhood journey in preparation for our Gold Award. Most of us have known each other for years, so it was easy for us to come together and further form our bonds as friends, sisters, and troop members. But what was harder was to reach to people that we do not know, and to show them that everyone in the world are connected and sisters and brothers. In this case, we decided to participate in a program called Dresses for Africa, though in our cases the dresses are going to Haiti. These little girls in this starving country have literally nothing, and these little, colorful dresses could bring enough hope to these girls to last a long time. We came together on a rainy Sunday to make these dresses, but also invited women friends and relatives to share in the experience of Sisterhood. This experience with our fellow troop members and those most close to us made us feel more connected to the world around us, as well as to strengthen our Sisterly bonds to those closest in our hearts. Sisterhood is a worldly connection between females when they relate to each other on a spiritual level on the camaraderie and similar experiences faced by all women in the world. We believe that we helping these girls made a difference in our lives as well as theirs, because we know that by establishing this connection, we will feel more connected to the world around us. This experience, though not without fun and friendship, was a bit frustrating at times. We knew that the project was for the greater goods, but sometimes when you have worked on a section for 20 minutes and then you have to start over; it can get on your nerves. “I feel like it’s going to help the girls making them, but it was really frustrating at the same time,” said fellow troop member Morgan Hoeft. What drove us through the project was imagining the looks on the little girls’ faces when they receive a colorful dress in the face of despair. Troop member Paige Sprague said, “It felt great to do a project that made a difference in the world.” Through the hard work and smiles, Troup 4650 combined together to realize the true meaning of Sisterhood in themselves, the community, and the world.