Today I’m really excited to be able to show you some more of the pillowcase dresses in their final destination – Kenya!
Chance to Grow, and Great Mercy, serves many orphaned children from the region, and offers education to those children who slip through the net of primary education. In Kenya, while primary education is free, secondary schooling is not; and students must pay fees of around £400 per year. This is more than double the average annual income of a rural Kenyan family.
Families in rural areas are less likely to send their child to school because children are an important labour force. Girls are less likely to be educated than boys and are often married off at an early age. In addition, HIV/AIDS has left many orphans to be raised by relatives, who can ill afford to pay more school fees. Chance to Grow’s goal is to provide a loving home for children with nowhere else to go, and to provide education for those who would otherwise have to go without it.
Seeing these photos definitely makes all the efforts of the Pillowcase Dress Challenge last year seem worthwhile.
Has anyone spotted one of theirs yet?!
(For anyone wondering, the Dress a Girl Around the World charity does have a pattern for making trousers for boys, so although I didn’t make anything for them there are people out there doing so)