Sewing For Hope - Fall Update

November 5, 2017

As they say in Kagera, “Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba!” or “Little by little, a little becomes a lot!”  


Dress by dress, Sewing for Hope volunteers continue to clothe these orphans at a rapid pace. In 2017 alone, children in Kagera received 850 pounds of clothing, including over 700 dresses (each accompanied by a new t-shirt and pair of underwear), many sets of boys’ shorts and shirts, and hundreds of knitted hats, sweaters and blankets. 


The sewing effort has expanded to include making washable and reusable Personal Care Kits. In the United States, access to sanitary products may be taken for granted, but orphan girls in Kagera don’t have that luxury. Each month, girls in Kagera lose multiple days of schooling simply because they have no sanitary products and are confined to their homes. A Personal Care Kit (PCK) empowers a young woman at a vulnerable stage of her life and helps her build a better future for herself through education. It gives her a chance to attend and succeed at school on an equal footing with her male classmates.  


Our volunteers are putting these PCKs together, but we need YOU!  

  • Donate materials such as underwear, washcloths and Ziploc bags; 

  • Help with sewing, sorting, and packaging (done at home or in our group sessions); and 

  • Donate 

  • Money to help defray the costs of the kits and shipping costs 


Together, we can make a HUGE difference in these girls’ lives!


Contact Lis Wilson at 239-262-8678 or for details on Sewing For Hope.


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