I adore Little Dresses for Africa. The heart behind the organization and the devoted volunteers who run it is absolutely inspiring. I have a found kindred spirits in the love, laughter and joy that is shared on so many levels with LDFA. They are not only planting value in the hearts of little girls around the world, they are restoring a sense of value in the hearts of those who serve alongside them. I am immensely grateful for the work LDFA is doing and the message of hope and healing they are spreading to EVERYONE involved!
I have sewn dresses, britches and personal hygiene items for LDFA. Was blessed
last August 2016 to travel with LDFA to Malawi. To see the blessings of God
delivered through this nonprofit organization was such an honor. Bringing little girls
dresses, building wells to make clean water available, building schools, and so much more.
Awesome way of sharing to bring blessing to others.
My 16 year old niece and I learned how to make these dresses last week. They are very simple yet provide so much dignity for the girls who receive them. We are making more to send. It is a great way to make a huge impact in the lives of those less fortunate.
This wonderful charity is spreading God’s love and sending hope to many, many places. The little dresses , britches and other items are lovingly hand made by amazing volunteers! Many of the clothing items are works of art . These beautiful ladies and gentlemen, are far more blessed than the children who receive them!
LDFA has built schools, dug wells, supported the efforts to abolish child marriage, and more .
I am honored to volunteer here.
God bless you !
I heard about this organization off of a sewing blog last year. I recently had gotten back into sewing and also was planning a 2-week mission trip to Malawi, Africa. The directions looked super easy and the dresses I saw on the website looked adorable. I started sewing, started going to thrift stores for more pillow cases and people started donating items (like cases and buttons and ribbon) to the cause. I personally made and hand-delivered 150 dresses last year and another 100 that I made and took this year and want to thank the LDFA website for the idea, the directions and all the stories about what they’re doing throughout the year. I made sure that each dress I made had a unique embellishment on it (like buttons or bows or flowers) that will eventually fall off but will give that little girl their own “treasure”. The kids where I go don’t have toys and “treasures”. I am planning on going back to Malawi next spring or summer and will be staying for 12-15 months working at an orphanage and special needs school. One of the things I want to do while I’m there is teach sewing to the Women and girls. I love seeing what Rachel and her team are doing to bring hope and encouragement to the people all over Africa! She has such a great organization with so many volunteers from all over the world.
Hello, my name is Marcia and I'm from Brazil. I'm part of Little Dresses From Africa since 2015. Back then I didn't know how to sew but when I learn how to do it, it brought me so much joy. In December I sent those first dresses and to my joy and surprise, I received photos of children wearing them. In 2016 my relatives and friends helped me with fabrics and I was able to sewn even more dresses and shorts, which were sent in December. Nowadays I've got more than 100 pieces sewn which I intend to send in December to help to bring happiness to the children! I'm really grateful and proud of being part of this beautiful project that helps to spread love to the world!
P.S: please forgive me if there are any writing mistakes :)
My best friend, Gwen, was an OR nurse who loved to sew. Her passion was making Little Dresses for Africa. Gwen suddenly passed away in January of 2015, my mission was to honor her by making the dresses.
I fully support Little Dresses for Africa. Having been to Africa twice, it is so apparent to me that these wonderful people need assistance. The poverty is widespread and so many are in need of so much. Monthly, I make santi-panties for the maturing girls. The girls do not have feminine hygiene products available to them (very expensive) and unfortunately studies have shown that when they start their periods, many quit school. By having washable santi-panties, they are able to continue their education with dignity and self-confidence. A wonderful organization!
Little Dresses For Africa allows me to use my sewing skills to help clothe little girls and boys in underdeveloped nations. Seeing the photos of these precious children lighting up with joy when they receive a brand new article of clothing that is just for them is priceless. Anyone with basic sewing skills can make a simple dress or pair of shorts and LDFA will make sure it gets into the hands of a child in need.
Loved being able to make good use of my stash of fabric and share God’s love for these little beauties. The LDFA staff work so very diligently to spread the Word and bless the recipients of the little dresses and britches with the love sent around the world, stitch by stitch.
LDFA is the only nonprofit I know that helps both recipients AND donors live better lives. The amazing good they do for the children is self evident and I won't speak to it here. But they are also doing amazing things for the people who make the dresses. Take my mom. A couple of years ago she was housebound, lonely, bored, feeling unproductive, and often sad. I told her about LDFA and asked her to help me make some dresses and what a change! She's made over 300 of them now, and feels so proud and happy to do it. Her life is immeasurably enriched: 1. She is creative again, 2. She has a purpose and is making a difference in the world, 3. It uses things that might otherwise be wasted (old pillowcases, leftover ribbons & lace, & etc.) and having grown up poor, she hates waste! 4. She feeds needed, rather than a burden on society. Thank you LDFA for giving meaning and joy to my mom's life. And most importantly -- thank you for helping the children.
What an honor to sew a pretty dress for a beautiful child to let her know in a tangible way that God loves her.
I never "missioned' before I was introduced to Little Dresses. I don't sew but I started helping by sorting those precious dresses sewn with so much love by women all over the world. I also open these boxes...and I see more and more that this is not just a mission for those that receive the dresses but also for those that provided the dresses. The stories and notes sent with the packages, along with the care put into the details. I found myself praying over these dresses as I opened them, blessing the givers and the receivers. that was 7 years ago. I then got the chance to go to Africa to see this love first hand. The first dress I put on a little girl who did not speak my language, who was not sure of a white woman giving her something so pretty, brought me to tears - the God giving pure love all around was overwhelming! Little Dresses is a TRUE charity in all meanings of the word. They provide clean water in the form of wells, community centers, schools, hostels, britches for boys, sani pads for the girls, bibles and most of all Hope! Everything they get goes back into the organization to further this mission. Thank you
This organization creates a sense of hope and security for girls that thier cultures treat like second class citizens. Not only does she provide clothing for girls and britches for boys - she has also funded the building of a school and teachers. I have worked with her for almost 2 years now and the unity of cultures/freinds and the goals of this group are outstanding. spreading the word and work of the Lord all over the world. Excellence inspires excellence and that is just what her andher organization does. They are also aligned with Buckets of Hope that provides a months worth of food for a family. Her passion for this cause is amazing. LDFA has also helped to set up woman in these countries with training and sewing machines so they can support their own families. I can not say enough about her and her organization. They are truly a blessing to this world!!
I became involved with this organization a little over three years ago. I was not a sewer, so I had to watch youtube to learn to make the little dresses and shorts. I have made a dress a day and several pairs of shorts in each package I mail monthly off to LDFA. Friends and family keep me supplied in fabric and thread. My grandchildren have now joined me in making dresses and shorts. I am so thankful to this organization for helping children by sending dresses and shorts all over the world.
After suffering two small strokes , I was sitting home feeling sorry for my self. I came across a story about a woman, Miss Lillian, who was 99 years old at the time. She sewed a dress a day for LDFA and hoped to reach 1000 dresses by her 100th birthday. I thought if she could do it, I could do that. So I saved for a sewing machine and watched sewing videos on YouTube to try and remember what the strokes had robbed me of. That first dress took me hours to complete, but I did it! I proudly posted it on Facebook. My friends and family have all joined in with fabric, thread, elastic etc. to make sure I finish 30 dresses and now 30 shorts as well , a month. Just as I get low on fabric, a box of fabric always seems to arrive in the mail. Sometimes from friends I haven't seen in over 50 years. All because of the dream of one woman. Planting in the hearts of little girls, that they are worthy.
I found this wonderful charity about 4 years ago, but I really should say it found me... It's a God thing...Four years ago I received my copy of Sew News in the mail. Skimming through it, I happen to come across an article for Little Dresses for Africa. "What an interesting program I thought to myself, something I could really get into."
But I had no time to think about it as I grab my grocery list. I had to get myself ready for my mission trip to Maine. "I'll look into it when I return."
So a couple of weeks go by, and I head down to the South Shore for a cookout to meet up with all the other folks headed to Maine. It's was great to see old friends and make new ones. During this time I notice a child with a particular type of dress on. Curious I ask her grandmother, who is joining us this year, is that..? "Yes," she says," There is a woman I know who makes them..isn't it cute, it's a pillowcase dress."
I am stunned. "Okay, You have my full attention now."I whispered to myself, as I finally listened to that voice inside that's been haunting me since I skimmed that article.
Eager to begin, I call my mother the following day, asking if she would like to help. After I tell her my story, I am greeted with silence, a minute ticks by(so it seemed)... then a whisper, "Oh Julie, this is an answer to a prayer!"
" Dear God, years and years of fabric and such, and what am I to do with it all." was a prayer my mother sent up each day, waiting for an answer.
Here it was…. And so it began..
I put an ad in our local paper for pillowcases, notions and sewers, the response was overwhelming, I was flooded with donations, which continues to this day.
Four years later we now have a group of ladies who get together twice a month at my church to sew, laugh and ohh and ahh at each dress that is sewn. At the end of the day, each woman takes home supplies and continue sewing... and then we start again..
In 2010, I sent up a prayer to St Therese ( who loved the missions) and asked her to use MY hands from MY HOME To help in anyway she chose. THE VERY NEXT DAY, I received my very first catalog called Nancy's notions in the mail. When I opened up the catalog, an insert fell out, I picked it up and it was a picture of a poor little girl asking would you please take an hour and sew for me? Immediately I knew this was the ministry Saint Therese was giving me. I bought a sewing machine, a serger, and taught myself to sew. I started with pillowcase dresses then graduated to fabrics, and now I even design my own little dresses sending them to little dresses for Africa , and some to with real hope for Haiti and two of my doctors go on yearly mission trips to Third World countries and bring at least 100 dresses / boys shorts every time . I even met a stewardess on a Delta flight that was going on a mission trip to Mexico visiting orphanages she ended up taking 100 dresses as well and shorts . I can truly see how God has blessed me to help HIS precious little ones . I have taught students who need community service hours to sew little dresses, and drawstring totes, ( for LDFA) and Yearly, I teach seniors in high school ( for their senior projects) to sew little dresses. So far I have sewn and sent over 4,000. And I am not stopping! I love what Rachel O Neil began.. a mission of Love and Service! God Bless You Racehel!
I always told myself that when I retired I would find worthy causes to sew for. LDFA fits the bill perfectly for me. I can sew at my own pace, and I am not limited to just pillowcase dresses. I like sewing simple dresses from a variety of independent pattern makers. I'm supporting little girls AND small business at the same time, plus using my considerable "stash." It's a win-win-win for me! And I also want to mention that Rachel has consistently been available via e-mail whenever I've had questions; a rare trait.
I became involved with "Little Dresses For Africa" at the encouragement of a friend. Trust me when I say that I am not an accomplished sewer, but I have sewed over 60 pillowcase dresses for little girl's who have never had a new dress. This organization makes it very easy to join in, by giving you simple instructions via the internet and a place to send your finished product. The materials needed to begin are quite affordable and once others know you are sewing for this organization, they willingly donate pillowcases, trims, and sewing notions. I cannot physically serve in a mission field due to physical limitations, so this is a great way to use my gifts to benefit others. The pictures of the smiles of the children's faces as they try on their dresses, are all the thanks and encouragement I need to continue on.
This is a wonderful group of men and women who truly do gods work. I love volunteering with Little Dresses for Africa and everyone is very warm and inviting. My first day helping out I already felt like family.
I have been volunteering with this organization since October 2015 and I love working with all the volunteers packing and sorting gowns. Everyone is so wonderful and welcoming I look forward to volunteering twice a month. I also sew dresses and sanity pads for the girls and would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to sew or volunteer there time.
I enjoyed making dresses for young children in developing countries. I also enjoyed being a volunteer for Little Dresses for Africa. As a volunteer located in Honolulu, Hawaii, I needed to email Rachel who is based in Michigan. Rachel was consistently responsive through email. I had an opportunity to appear on the KITV local news to talk about Little Dresses for Africa. The reporter reached out to Rachel to interview her. Fortunately part of Rachel's interview was included with my local news story about Little Dresses for Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmIucK1DVdQ
I'm glad that this non profit shines a light on global poverty. As Americans, we rarely see the extreme poverty that is happening all over the world. US media is often "America centric" and as a result, many people have no idea what is happening in other parts of the world. I believe it is important to understand what is happening globally so that we can collectively address these issues. What is happening thousands of miles away has the potential to negatively or positively affect my life here in the US. Therefore, I wish to be engaged, knowledgeable and active in being part of the "solution."