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 Dress a Girl Around the World

  Imagine a  world where every girl owned at least one dress

 International Ambassadors

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

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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Gigi Sun - AUSTRALIA

I am a business systems analyst by profession and known as Gigi Sun in the business world and loves anything handmade. When am busy being artsy and crafty, I am known by the name of Soft Treasures. It is with my crafting handmade cards that I was able to help (and still do when I get orders every now and then) through small donations a Breast Cancer research foundation here in Australia by donating a dollar for every handmade card I sold. It is with crafting that brought me to this website when searching for a certain fabric for a quilt I wanted to make and thought how awesome this idea is of Dressing A Girl around the world making sure that every little girl owned at least one dress. How great it would be to use my craft skills in helping  others and making this world a better place? Living, loving and laughing through craft!

My most immediate plan is to spread the Dress A girl around the world campaign as time would allow. Hopefully be able to sell lots and lots of buttons and maybe candles and other stuff to raise money to fund this awesome campaign, print flyers to distribute here in Sydney and hopefully around Australia. Ask help from friends to help spread the word. My aim is to be able to make at least 50 dresses in 6 months time or perhaps maybe more.

 I have lots of things in mind but my greatest wish for the future is to be able to collect as many fabrics and  pillowcases as possible and hopefully several sewing machines. Use these materials to make dresses by women as a means of livelihood in poverty-stricken places and be able to dress their little girls as well as all the other little girls around the world.. A long term plan but if and when it happens. that would really be the day.

For  any inquiries regarding this project here in Australia, please send email to[email protected]



Marcele! 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]

Chris - Hong Kong

My name is Chris Coelho from Brasilia, Brazil. I'm a professional photographer and I live in Hong Kong with my family.

"Dress a girl around the world" was introduced to me through a friend and I fell in love with the Project.                                               

I would like to be able to do something special for these girls and hopefully make their lives a little bit better.

I'm new to the world of sewing, but every dress that I finish gives me hope that somewhere, a little girl will be beaming with happiness when she receives it.

I'm honored to be an International Partner and will make it my mission to promote and enlighten others about this worthy cause.

"A smiling child is a star that lights the night"  Email:[email protected]   Website




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]

 

                                      Roblynn - Costa Rica

Hola,

My name is Roblynn Neumann. I live with my husband and youngest daughter in Heredia Costa Rica. We have been in Costa Rica for almost six years. My husband and I own and operate a study abroad massage school here for part of the year and "retire" for the rest of the year.

I began sewing when I was 9 years old. My mom had put me in 4-H and my first project was a peasant blouse. I can honestly still remember the colors and even the color of seam binding on that little shirt. I did win a blue ribbon and was hooked. I sewed through high school for friends and family and even made a little cash. Once I got married and started having babies my sewing got a lot more fun. I still get teased by my kids about all the "matching" outfits I made them.

Now that I have more time and less kids at home I am very excited about this opportunity to get more involved in our community and use my talents. When my kids were teenagers we were part of another great organization "Families Helping Families". Through that organization we were able to travel to Mexico and Honduras to help build houses. I do hope to involve my seven children in this adventure as well and look forward to meeting and working with anyone and everyone that is involved.

We are also official "couch surfers", so if anyone is in the neighborhood our door is always open and we welcome you.

Peace and pura vida!   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

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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.
 



Ann - NORWAY

Ann is the president of the Norwegian "Dress a Girl Around the World" organisation, established in June 2013.
 
Ann says: "I've been sewing for as long as I can remember, can remember making my own doll clothes even before starting school. Make clothes for myself and my son mostly now, but have also sold a few things. Make everything from clothes to soft furnishings, have also trained as a furniture upholsterer but designing and making clothes is definitely my first love.
Have been involved in volunteer work previously, but nothing now so when I stumbled across this it was perfect, a chance to do something useful and sew at the same time! "

 For more information about our Norwegian partner, please visit our Facebook page



Keena - 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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