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29th Jun, 2022

Stratford women make dresses for Rwandan girls

Laura Kearns 18th Jun, 2020

KIND-hearted Warwickshire women picked up their sewing needles to make dresses for Rwandan girls.

It comes just weeks after they made hundreds of scrubs to donate to the NHS.

The team of women from Ratley near Stratford responded to a appeal by Compassion Direct UK (CDUK) to support girls living in rural areas of Eastern Rwanda whose mothers have HIV as a result of the 1994 genocide. They are shunned by neighbours who are afraid of catching the disease and will not work with them. The mothers live in poverty as they are unable to work to support their families and many of the children do not go to school because they have no clothes to wear.

So the team of women – many who are self-isolating – set to work creating 60 dresses from unwanted pillowcases.

A group spokeswoman said: “We started ‘Scrub Club’ seven weeks ago and over 1,000 items have been made by these ladies and others who are still self-isolating.

“After the long haul of the very worthwhile, but repetitive, scrubs manufacture, the dresses have given scope for more creativity and fun, which has given the team a real boost at the end of the process.

“Neighbours who popped in to share the celebration full of praise for the display of dresses and we hope the girls and their mums will be equally pleased.”

Visit www.compassiondirectuk.org to find out more about supporting the charity.

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