Our little dresses are the avenue for us to go into the villages and homes of the children to love and encourage them.
DURING DISTRIBUTIONS, WE IDENTIFY OTHER NEEDS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO MEET. WE FOCUS ON 3 AREAS THROUGH THESE LITTLE DRESSES: CLEAN WATER, PRIMARY EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY. "WE'RE NOT JUST SENDING DRESSES, WE'RE SENDING HOPE."
The little girl pictured above is Janet. She is the head of her family. Before we put a well in her village, she spent much of her day carrying water and even then it came from a contaminated stream. We raised money for a project called, "A Well For Janet". Janet represents the thousands of children whose lives have been impacted for good by clean water. A single well in a village provides water for over 3000 people. Clean water helps sanitation and helps to stop the spread of disease. A nearby well makes it possible for children to attend school instead of spending all day carrying the necessary water to survive. Clean water saves lives immediately.
These children are shown in front of the first school we built, the Nan Ray School of Learning, in Ntcheu, Malawi. A long walk to a primary school is especially difficult for orphans who do not have the encouragement and guidance to continue against odds. It is also difficult for the child-headed families who have to take on the responsibility of getting the little ones a long distance. A primary school in a village makes it possible for the smallest of children to attend school. Without a certificate of completion of the primary level, students are not allowed to proceed to the secondary level. By the time these children realize the importance of education they are too embarrassed to attend the primary level because they are so much bigger than the other students. A primary school in their village is the missing piece that we can supply to empower them to continue down the right road. Education changes the future.
Community has sustained the African people for thousands of years with the exchange of information, the sharing of resources and protection of each other. We work closely with the community to supply items and structures that will help them work more efficiently, whether it be through a feeding center, or a simple community structure which provides protection from the hot sun or a place to meet during the rainy reason. It provides a facility to exchange information or to be used for extra classroom space and a place to worship. All of our community project seek to compliment and support the culture that exists and not to impose our culture on others. Community sustains the people.