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!!!