2012-10-26 / Faith
Mormon women meet to sew dresses for African children
Dresses for Africa is an ongoing service project hosted by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon every second Monday of the month starting Nov. 12 at the LDS church, 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks.
Last year a group of women from the LDS church decided to partner with Engage Now Africa to sew 500 dresses for elementary school-age children in Ethiopia. Engage Now Africa is a foundation that works to provide clean drinking water for remote African villages.
The women met in July 2011 and sewed more than half the dresses, using a simple design of a T-shirt attached to a gathered skirt of coordinating fabric. During the next eight months the women finished another 250 dresses and shipped them in June, along with 120 shirts donated for men and boys.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of this project is that we can see 100 percent of our efforts going directly to benefit children in great need,” said Shirley Jones, Relief Society president. “When the pictures came back, women recognized the dresses they had sewn.”
This summer the women and friends from the community wanted to sew another 250 dresses. They’ve finished 125 thus far.
They will meet once a month except in December to continue the project. Anyone wishing to help is invited to join them. Those who can’t sew can cut and measure.
The women are also accepting donations of child-size T-shirts or fabric for use in the dresses.
For more information, call Jones at (805) 444-4736 or go to www.engagenowafrica.org.