Our Year 10 textiles group has been extremely busy recently creating beautiful dresses in support of the Hope 4 Women International global initiative ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’.
To date the campaign has delivered over 500,000 dresses to 81 countries, and the Hope 4 Women International organisation says “We care about the world’s future women too. So we imagined a world where every little girl owns at least one dress. We want girls to know that they are worthy and respected, and that they are loved by God”.
Students were asked to design and make a dress for a young girl, which had to be made from cotton and would offer the wearer dignity and pride. The students researched the campaign and were saddened to discover that in some parts of the world girls can still live in a society where they have no value – where they are used as slaves, abused and preyed upon. The dresses made by the students may be the only dress that the young girl will ever own in her life time, so had to be hard-wearing and high quality. Students were also keen to ensure that their dresses were appealing to the girls who will eventually own them, and they used a range of techniques such as applique, hand embroidery and pleating to decorate their garments.
Bethan, who made one of the dresses, said “I loved taking part in this project and I like the fact that the dresses will actually be worn by real people”. Bethan has also made a little toy to go with her dress so one lucky little girl will also receive an extra present!
The finished dresses will be sent to Hope 4 Women International at the end of the school year, who will distribute them in countries such as The Gambia, Haiti, Brazil and many more.
For more information on the Dress a Girl Around the World project, please visit the Hope 4 Women International website: http://www.h4wi.org/ministry/dress-girl-around-world.