I just returned from a trip to Guinea BIssau West Africa. I had my DNA traced to Guinea Bissau back in 2010. I am 100% Fula. After learning that it is the 4th poorest country in the world I wanted to do something to help.
I wanted my dresses to go to Guinea Bissau but Rachel O'Neil (the founder of the organization) had no contacts in that country but she told me if I could make contact with someone there she would send the dresses over for me.
In Guinea Bissau girls are second class citizens, they are subjected to female genital cutting and forced marriage at an early age. They really have no way to advance themselves. Most people live with no electricity and no clean running water. After witnessing the poverty there first hand I believe that even though they have no parents, the girls at the orphanage probably have it better than most little girls in the country. They have clean water, a bed and people to care for them.
Knowing of the possibility that dresses might never arrive, Rachel O'Neil agreed to send the dresses anyway. We mailed them last June and got the good news that they finally arrived in October.
But the best news of all was when I was finally able to make the trip to the orphanage a few weeks ago and meet the girls and see them in the beautiful dresses we made.
What a joy it was when I visited the orphanage and they greeted me wearing the dresses.
Here's a little slideshow of the girls modeling the dresses.
Oh, also, they could not believe my hair was REAL! It was a hoot.
Since it is almost impossible to ship into the country I plan to work on a new project (a spin off of Little Dresses for Africa) we are going to put women to work in the villages making dresses where they can earn money. They will also make dresses to give to needy girls in other villages. I will post more later. If you would be interested in participating in this project or have any suggestions please let me know.
Enjoy! Oh and I'd be soo happy if you would share this video with your friends or on your site. Thanks