Girls often look forward to the feeling of a brand new dress. In many Third World countries, girls don’t have the option or the money to run to the store for such a treat.
But thanks to the non-profit organization Hope 4 Women International, girls in need can wear that brand new dress through a project called “Dress a Girl Around the World.”
Local effort, global effect
Findlay High School fashion design teacher Laurie Collert started the project locally with the help of her design students. In October, they created 400 dresses to be shipped to Uganda. The students promoted the event by word of mouth, posters, and the painted windows of Wilson’s downtown.
Materials and money were donated by local organizations for shipping costs and to create the dresses. Each dress costs $1 to ship.
FHS junior fashion design student Ruxi Lalji said she and a volunteer representing Kohl’s measured, folded, and packed the finished dresses by size for shipping. She was proud to take part in the successful event and looks forward to seeing it grow each year.
“This project is very important to me because I truly believe every girl should feel beautiful in a new dress,” Lalji said. “This project impacts the lives of young girls by helping them feel that they are worthy of love and dignity.”
Other students who participated were Johnna Richter, Margot Simeon, Jenna Bernhardt, Elana Karhoff, Cassandra Wood, Hannah Robertson, Molly Doepker and Allyson Huether. Teachers Jane Recknagel and Collert helped the girls, and were assisted by five volunteers from Kohl’s.
Lalji said that the Dress a Girl project has shipped more than 300,000 dresses to 81 countries since its inception.
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