Rachel’s Corner

March 2015

March 2015!  It’s almost here!  Next month a team of 13 people will go to serve with the people of Malawi.  We have some exciting plans and would love to encourage you to be part of them.  Along with checking in on the projects that we already support, delivering Buckets of Hope to 250 people in many villages, and the official opening of the Soccer Field at the Nan Ray School of Learning, we will also be celebrating the opening of the well at the Village of Mataka, which was directly as a result of the matching program at BYN Mellon Bank, as well as breaking ground on our second Primary School, this time in Mataka.  With a ratio of 90 students to every one teacher, a primary school is imperative to get these kids to the secondary level.  We are so excited to start this second school and so grateful for your help.  If you’d like to donate to any of these projects, we welcome the support. Special thanks to Beads On A Mission (www.beadsonamission.com) for financing the Vacation Bible School crafts!  We also want to thank St. Michael Parish, Grand Ledge, MI for sending a very generous donation specifically to finance health care.  We will be using that at the Mobile Clinic to help those suffering from AIDS.

As we distribute your “little dresses”  and “britches for boys”, we use the opportunity to teach simple lessons on clean water, sanitation, and how to stay healthy. This year we will be using some beautiful coloring book, which will not only be fun for the children but will share life saving lessons for the entire village.

LDFA Coloring books feature Little Dresses on the children!

These books cost us $1/each but they can change hundreds of lives.  Each book contains a personal message from Little Dresses for Africa as well as lessons  both English and their language, Chechewa.  As a special bonus, the children in the books are wearing little dresses and britches for boys that look just like the ones you sew! Check them out and help us take enough for all the kids!  Any donation is welcome! As always, we are so grateful for your help!!! Love, Rachel  donate here!

California or bust!

I’m headed out to California to share the message of Little Dresses for Africa.  So grateful for the invitation!  Beautiful pictures of your dresses can be found on the Dress Distribution page.  Look for yours and keep sewing.  We’re not going to run out of kids!  These particular beautiful children are in Uganda, Africa.  Thanks for your help!   Click here for pictures!

Italy is going strong with LDFA!

I am so happy to report that our Italian branch of LDFA is doing great.  Dresses are coming in and we have a wonderful partner who is collecting the dresses and packing them up for shipping to addresses that we supply or groups that she has confirmed herself that are in need.  We are so grateful for Sabrina Coccoloni  and so delighted to now have a global effort to get everyone involved.  Her address is Viale a Rosa del Tirreno 19 57127 Livorno, Italy and you are welcome to contact her through her facebook page GROUP on Facebook: Little Dresses for Africa Italia cuciamo.  Also keep in mind we also have dedicated volunteer Laura Cameron in Scotland for the UK sewers.  This is a wonderful thing to be united across the oceans!  Thank you to all of you.  Anyone ready to collect dresses in Australia?  We have MANY people asking in that area.  Thanks and love, Rachel

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of you the best of 2015!   We have a lot going this year and I am delighted to see the continued growth in the ministry of Little Dresses for Africa.  I hesitate to thank anyone because each person is so very special.  We are grateful for each of you and the contributions you make.  Whether you are sewing, writing checks for shipping, telling others or going to Africa with us, we are indebted to you and on behalf of the children we thank you sincerely.

The improvements in the Villages are so apparent and I want you to know that you are making a difference!  We have just installed a well at the Village at Mataka where our distribution center is, outside of Lilongwe, the Capital of Malawi.  Today our friends there will be distributing items out of the warehouse to 9 villages.  We are so grateful for their help.  Distributions are not easy and we are thankful for their help and we pray that the people will be blessed and the Glory will be to God alone.

We are fast approaching our trip in March 2015 with a BIG team of 15.  Details will be shared as they materialize but we are excited for some hands on projects.  We will be installing the soccer field and distributing Team Shirts for the Nan Ray Rams to Villages in Thobola.  We will be visiting Ministry of Hope and working with their projects on the ground and much, much more.

Our 1,2,3…GO! program is in full swing and the plans to go to a new Village and put in 1. Clean Water  2. Primary School  3.  A Multipurpose building  and then on to another Village, are well under way.  Please join us in reaching our goals.  Clean Water Saves Lives immediately,  Primary Education changes the future, and a Multi-purpose building sustains the community and allows a place to gather, meet and/or worship.  For each Village we need 500 people to commit to $10/month for a year or a one time donation of $120 per family and we can make this happen for only $60,000.  That’s amazing to me.  We already have people on board.  Please join us!

Happy New Year to all of you and blessings in the New Year!

Love, Rachel

Thankful in 2014 and beyond!

As we near our Thanksgiving Day here in the USA, I remain so grateful to all of you who are making a difference in the lives of so many.  I set out to take a few dresses to a small village in Malawi, never dreaming of how this would grow.  There was a major problem:  I don’t sew! But we joined together.  Every one of you has played a part in this tremendous success.  You have done this!  YOU!  When you sew, when you box things up, when you donate on line, when you attend fund raising events, or donate quilts or auction items, when you write a word of encouragement, when you share this ministry with others…YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Thank you so much.

Since this began we have sent well over 3 million dresses and also britches for boys, shoes, sewing machines, toys, tools, 2 containers, 2 wells, a primary school, school master’s house and toilets, a soccer field, a distribution center, brides dresses that provide an income, and so much more!  It’s amazing.  2015 brings even more opportunity.  We will be drilling our 3rd well and opening it when our team goes to serve in March 2015.  We have a dream called 1,2,3…GO!  This dream is to go into Village after Village and bring: 1.  Clean Water.  2.  Primary School  3. Multi-purpose building for community activities, worship, education…and then GO to the next Village.  We’ve done 3 major things in Thobola and we’re on target to do 3 major projects in Mataka.  This is a big undertaking but for $60,000 or so a Village, we can impact a community for YEARS to come.  We take our time.  We do it in phases, and we keep in touch with our projects by visiting the sites personally and helping them to be accountable to our gifts.  We work with locals and provide jobs.  And we do this because YOU decided you wanted to make a difference.  These dresses are the Ambassadors as we go to Africa and offer hope.  “We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope!”  Thank you and have a grateful Thanksgiving!

Love, Rachel

Be sure to stay tuned for ways to give this Christmas. And thank you to all of you who have donated to the Lillian Shipping Fund.  Lillian’s dresses are on the children and we will plan to take her 1000th dress with us in March!

 

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