It began in a heart, the heart of a mother who loves to sew. She was so busy with her two girls and toddler son that joining us in Uganda was simply not an option - especially in light of the fact that her military husband was deployed. What to do?Thank you to Heather for creating the Lira School Dress Project that began with a request on Facebook for the wildly brazen goal of delivering 66 handmade dresses in size 6 for the girls enrolled in Primary 1. For good measure the pattern of a simple "pillow case" dress was proffered.
Dresses began to trickle in a month or more before departure time. First a single dress arrived. Next was a small package of six dresses. Soon there was box after box and the goal of 66 dresses was met and surpassed! The GIVERS of these dresses for the little girls in Lira sewed alone or in groups. One mother-daughter team sent a lovely variety of dresses including some in smaller sizes. Packages arrived from the west coast to the east coast of the good ol' USA and many, many states in between. An Oklahoma high school art class sent many dresses with sweet notes for the recipients. (Yes, these notes were delivered to Lira, too.) One Texas church sewing group sent a large package of blessings, er, dresses with a note to let them know when we did the same or a similar project because they want to help again.
Beatrice humbly and gratefully accepted the largest portion of dresses for the primary girls.
Many dresses were distributed to young girls attending VBS.
266!!In addition there were 132 little girl panties and many colorful hair bows. One box was waiting at home upon our return, but fear not. They were flown with another team member returning to Lira early in July so every dress has now reached Uganda. The dresses were well received, but even more importantly, the love that went into sewing each and every dress was recognized. Thank you for letting us be the delivery persons!