Dress a Girl Around the World

  Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one dress

International Partners

 

Meet Our 


International Ambassadors

 

Denise Herreen 
AUSTRALIA

I live and work in Balaklava, a country town in South Australia, about 90minutes drive from Adelaide.  Currently I am a secondary school teacher at Horizon Christian School, I trained in science and IT, however, I have a passion for home economics, particularly textiles and creative design and I currently teach year’s 8, 9 and 10 Home Economics and textiles.  Our school participates in an annual mission trip to the Phillipines where we work with a Christian school and participate in outreach programs in an around Manilla, including the dump sites.  I plan for the dresses to mostly go with our school each year, however, our church community in Balaklava is strong and active and they participate in mission work in other parts of the Phillipines and elsewhere in the world and so dresses will be able to be sent to a variety of communities around the world.  
I am looking forward to working with Dress A Girl Around the World and to seeing communities blessed.
Email: [email protected] 
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Marcelo
Brazil

My name is Marcele Coimbra, I was born in Manaus (Amazon) but now I live in Rio de Janeiro.
My brother's wife, Rejane, who lives in Hong Kong introduced me to "Dress a Girl Around the World" and I loved it!
I saw the love of God in every dress that was gifted to those girls...
In the Bible we can read that Jesus was kind and loving with woman he met. It's our turn to tell girls and women from all the world that God loves them! That's what I pretend to do in Brazil and wherever God calls me.
Email: [email protected]


Barbara 

Italy


My name is Barbara and I live in a village near the mountains , 50 kilometres from Turin.

I started sewing and crafting when I was little, worked as a tour leader while I was at Uni, qualified as an orthoptist , had three lovely sons, and very little time to follow my passion.

When my boys spread their wings I volunteered teaching Italian to foreigners and as a guide in a Felt Museum. I then became the workshop Coordinator, organising felting, weaving and paper making workshops for school children, families and people with physical and mental disabilities.

My most heart felt project was making the Museum blind/visually impaired friendly.

Now I pursue my old passion, sewing children and baby clothes and accessories and this is how I started reading about various charities sewing for children.

I started talking about this beautiful project to friends and local groups and we aim to combine teaching sewing with making lots of pretty dresses with all the care and love we will be able.   Contact : [email protected]


Wivi 

Sweden


I’m a 62 year old retired grandmother. I have worked 30 years at the local hospital, most of the time as a children's nurse. I also have a horticultural education and I love garden design.

I’m born in Copenhagen and when I was seven we moved to Halmstad, Sweden. 

I have sewed clothes all my life and now I have a grandchild in UK who is 3.5 years old who love when "farmor" sew here a pink and purple dress. So I know how important it is for a girl to have a dress with pockets.

My grandchild and I we each have a cozy cat called Charlie and every week they talk to each other over Skype.

I have studied child psychology in my education to a children's nurse and I know how important it is to have a doll or some other precious thing that is only yours.

I will speak warmly to all how important it is to send away a doll in every pocket because it can give the child a little comfort and someone to talk to.   Email: [email protected]


Vanessa
Portugal

My name is Vanessa Campos. I am Brazilian and I live in Cascais, in Portugal.    I was introduced to Dress a Girl Around the World via Facebook and at the moment I saw a picture of Rachel delivering dresses in Africa I knew that this was something I would really like to become involved in. Sewing each dress imagining the girls' faces is priceless!
I hope to help girls to build confidence and improve their self esteem, but above all I am happy making the dresses to cover and protect their little bodies. Making some difference in their lives somehow even being a little is absolutely gratifying.
As an international partner I want to spread the idea of the Project and keep making dresses to send to the girls in need.
E-mail me at   [email protected]
Please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dressagirlaroundtheworldportugal/?fref=ts
Blog:   http://dressagirlpt.blogspot.pt/p/como-costurar.html
 Also on instagram! Instagram - dressagirlaroundtheworld_pt

Macau

Kikas


I am Portuguese, born in Mozambique and currently living in Macau. I have always loved arts and crafts, but in the recent past this hobby started to play a more serious role in my life.

I had a dream that one day I would volunteer around the world.
I have been involved in several campaigns to help some countries in need like Mozambique and Timor. I also make monthly donations to various associations in Macau and Portugal because I like to help people in need.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

 Two years ago I came across the story of a 99 year-old lady who sews a dress per day for children in Africa. This touched my heart.

When I discovered the website “Dressing A Girl around the world” I knew right then that was something that I wanted to do and gave me the idea of bringing the project to Macau. 

I want to give a special thanks to Vanessa Campos from Dress a Girl Around the World– Portugal, for giving me precious advice and for making me believe that I could implement the project in Macau.

What I wish is for every little girl to feel special and loved when she receives a new dress.

You can find me : [email protected]

Or: https://www.facebook.com/groups/718730981633919/

 

Jacqui Onslow 

UK London &  South East, 

East Anglia and the Home Counties


I was a Textiles teacher for over 30 years, taking early retirement last year. I was Head of Technology and Head of Years 10 & 11 at a local girl’s independent school. I have four grown up children – three girls and a boy, and a grandson born in May 2013.

I became involved with an educational charity in Uganda several years ago; I introduced this charity to my school and started fundraising events. The girls at my school were very privileged, and I wanted them to realise that not all children were in the same position. When I left they gave me a large donation to the charity as a leaving present, so I know that the photos and stories I told made an impression on them. In fact they still contact me to ask if they can work out in Uganda or support us in some way whilst they are at university. I have now visited Uganda several times, teaching Textiles (tailoring) to children and teachers in the orphanages and schools we support.

I came across Dress a Girl via a Textiles teacher group on Facebook, and was immediately drawn to it as it seemed to combine all my interests. I have been making patterns, collecting fabric and sewing some dresses. We took out some of the dresses to Uganda and the looks on the faces of the girls there showed me that this is something I would really like to become involved in, all girls deserve pretty dresses. Next time I go out I will take out the pattern and teach groups in Jinja how to make these dresses so that they can make the dresses for themselves and others. Seeing the faces of these girls when they have made something themselves is so rewarding, being able to support themselves is so important.

This is an amazing charity, such a good idea, I am looking forward to making, collecting and delivering dresses.

Email  [email protected]


South Africa

A mother to two amazing children who have grown with me and my handmade proudly South African company Bliss and Bloom. A wife to a very supportive husband and a daughter to two very inspiring and amazing people my parents. A big sister, a friend to many incredible friends.
Growing up I always had the vision and constant urge to help people, to somehow make some difference even if it was a little one...the build up of how I would do this one day on a bigger scale never seemed possible ,especially the last two years.   I came across Dress a Girl around the world and although we are supportive to our various charities already, I knew this was it. I knew this was it because it involved a few things that were "me" - I love children, I love to give, I love to create job opportunities for those that want it, I love to be part of the change and I love the fact as a handmade company we can do this.  Through my business that I have been able to build myself and even though we are a young business moving onwards and upwards,  we are going to take on Dress a Girl around the world South Africa.  We are extremely excited about the opportunities this could lead us to, the changes in underdeveloped areas it may lead to, the community that it could create too.  I am excited about the awareness we are going to create, the plan to put in action, the people we will meet who are making these dresses around South Africa getting them to us to distribute and most of all to watch the faces of these children when they receive the one "pretty" item they have ever owned. 
Thank you Dress a Girl around the world for granting "Dress a girl around the World SA" to us.

Keene 

Okinawa and Japan


I recently retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service.  My passion is sewing and I have sewn for charity for various organizations, that is what brought me to the Dress A Girl website.  Once I read the mission of dressing every girl around the world, I new that was something I wanted to do.  I contacted the Rep in my state at the time and she provided me with more information.  From there I took pillowcase donations from friends and started making dresses and sending them.   Since then I have moved to Japan, and looked for a representative here to get involved and could not find one.   My goal as the representative for Japan is to bring awareness to this country and continue getting donations and making dresses.  I would like to send at least 100 dresses or more this year. For more information please contact me at  [email protected]

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Karen 
New Zealand

My name is Karen Wilson and I was born and bred in Invercargill, the southern most city of New Zealand.  I have two grown up children, Kylie & Chris and two beautiful Granddaughters, Indie and Harper.  I have always liked to sew, from an early age my Mum Carol taught me to sew and we have always been a creative family.  So much so I ran my own Scrapbooking Store, Inkspiration.  Upon closing my store three years ago, I found I had a little more time on my hands.  One day I was web searching for a pattern for a cute dress to sew for my granddaughters. I stumbled across the “Dress A Girl” website and I was instantly interested.  Fast forward two years and we have donated over 600 dresses for this fabulous cause.  We are a small but growing group here in New Zealand.
I try to donate these dresses to areas close to us but we have donated to the following: Fiji (Homes of Hope), Uganda (Fountain of Peace Foundation), Brazil (Street Children), Cambodia (Street Children), Vanuatu, Vietnam (Christina Noble Foundation), Operation Christmas Box.
I love to help people and if you are like-minded please get in touch with me.
Please contact me at my email:  [email protected]
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Susana

 Switzerland


My name is Susana and I live in Geneva. I knew this lovely project through Vanessa Campos in Portugal where I'm a volunteer.  Me and two other friends, Eliana and Filipa, who have a shared love for sewing, immediately thought that we had to embrace and share this project were in Switzerland.

We want to carry this positive energy farther. The smile in these children's faces will make an important difference in their lives and we want to make part of this movement of love, and therefore helping those who need it most.

 

A special thanks to Dress a Girl Around the World that stands for this cause and we hope to help you flourish this wonderful project. 

Eliana Trindade, Filipa Carvalho and Susana Matos

Contact us,

[email protected]

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Please visit Soroptimist International Plymouth & District to see the work being done in the UK!