Your little dresses are changing lives. Yes, without a doubt, clothing is needed. The children delight in the beautiful dresses. The dresses (and britches for boys) gives them dignity and honor and plant in their hearts that they are worthy. There is no price that can be put on this. This is TANGIBLE hope! But, I want you to know that other wonderful things happen through your little dresses. Lives are changed…even saved.

Through these dresses we form relationships with the villages that are served. These children are not just numbers. They are young people with names, with dreams, with needs. We discover these needs and meet what we are able with your help, through water, education and community. One specific example is the feeding program that has begun at a village in Malawi in 2018. In 2017, we celebrated the opening of our second primary school. It was soon discovered that many of the children were coming to school without having any food at all.  Learning can not take place when children are falling asleep from hunger.

With your help we began a feeding program where the children can eat 3 days a week. This involves the community who agrees to help cook the food, by the way, no easy process!Attendance immediately increases as does learning and morale. When the news was reported that we are feeding the children 3 days a week, the question came from our supporters, “what about the other 2 school days?” quickly followed by donations to fill that need. The feeding program will take place for 3 months during the very toughest of times. This year the rains have been erratic which means the food is expensive and difficult to harvest. So, we fill in the blanks and meet the needs that we can.

I just want to thank you for helping in this project. It’s very much a part of the mission of Little Dresses for Africa. “We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.”  On behalf of the children, ZIKOMO, Thank you. and God bless you!!!

Love, Rachel

A BIG thank you to all of you around the world who made November 4th, the BIG day that it was!  The numbers are coming in from The BIG DINNERS and the numbers will be announced soon.  Please make your plans NOW to host or attend a BIG DINNER in 2018! This idea of supporters from all around the globe joining hands on the same day to support the children of Africa is an exciting and ever growing idea. I want you to plan on being part of it.

In Detroit we enjoyed strolling through the Detroit Historical Museum and tasting the different foods of Greektown, D-town and Mexicantown as Motown music filled the air.  Amazing drummer and musician. Jeff Trudell put together the best of Detroit with a 10 piece live band featuring lead singers  and musicians, not the least being his father, famous Motown trumpet players, Johnny Trudell.

Everyone had a chance at some great prizes in the Detroit D-Drop and the Live Auction, led by Karl and Noreen, brought the excitement to a crescendo and raised fantastic support for the children. The live auction boasted some fantastic and generous items from our sponsors and donors such as a a Shinola watch, a trip to Italy, a Cathedral window hand-stitched collectors quilt,  and a fabulous trip in a limo to the Michigan Opera Theater to experience “The Marriage of Figaro”.  Thanks again to our sponsors and generous supporters for such great bid items.

Last year we were able to build a girls hostel for 200 girls rescued from child marriages by Senior Chief Kachindamoto. We built the structure, bought and put together bunk beds, got mattresses and bedding and quilts and pillows and opened it in May 2017 with great celebration.  This year our goal is to construct a Technical Sewing Center and fill it with donated sewing machines. This center will offer the girls and women not only a trade, but a sustainable income for the future. And this is all, because we joined together to help the most vulnerable through Little Dresses for Africa.

Thank you so much for your unbelievable help.

Rachel

 

There have been so many amazing people that have come into my life through little dresses.  I can’t begin to tell you the amazing stories that are shared with me.  It is a highlight of the entire program for me to hear how people are connected and how they came to be volunteers.

In 2011 I got a call from Nancy Zieman’s production assistant who invited me to appear on her show in a segment “Nancy’s Corner”, where she highlighted groups or people who were using their sewing talents to help others.  I accepted that invitation and it was the beginning of an immediate friendship with Nancy as well as a continuing blessing to our ministry.

Link is here for more information concerning this on line promotion to help LDFA.

Nancy and her staff have promoted our mission for years and have personally received over 200,000 little dresses in their Wisconsin facility. The company continues even after Nancy’s retirement to spread the word and receive and ship the dresses for us.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 I will be appearing on  Facebook Live  “Behind the Seams Event” from St. Louis, MO with Baby Lock, telling our story and seeing all the things that can be done with these amazing machines.  I hope you’ll tune in and give me a shout out.  Here’s the link if you want more information.

The generosity continues! For one week they will be donating 10% of all on line sales to Little Dresses for Africa.  Thank you for joining in with this generous offer.  And thank you, Nancy’s Notions!

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of August. Time flies by when you are running after your passion! I’ve been to Africa twice this year and I am amazed at the progress of all that is being accomplished through your generosity. Our LDFA-Malawi non-government organization (NGO) is running so efficiently and getting the distributions out at an impressive rate. We are reaching villages that have not been served before and following up on our projects which are already in place. The schools are going well and we are working on second “blocks” (buildings) to increase our impact and teach more children.  The dormitory for the girls at Golomoti is equipped and we are working on getting piped water to the facility. The nearby toilets are set at a safe distance. All of these blessings are a result of your continued generosity and interest in the people of Africa and beyond. And of course the dresses are going out every week. Thank you to all of you who are sewing and also those who are sending checks to support the postage and transportation of these blessings. If you have a mission team going, please contact us and take some with you. It will take all of us to get these dresses on the children and our job is not finished until they are wearing your little dresses!

To support these projects and much more we are working diligently on our Second annual BIG DINNER scheduled Saturday, Nov 4, 2017.  Dinner parties large and small will be held all across the world to support these works. Be sure to register for yours today at: The BIG DINNER HOSTS PAGE. 

For those in this area, our BIG DINNER will be all DETROIT this year! Held at the iconic Detroit Historical Museum, we will be offering a strolling dinner by non other than SLOWS BBQ in Detroit, MOTOWN music orchestrated by The Trudell family and local Motown artists. Our auction will consist of DETROIT products and prizes.  Tickets are available on line here or contact me directly. This is going to be a night to remember with amazing results for our cause. Thank you in advance for all that you will do to make this happen.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

Love and thanks!

Rachel

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