CDUK encourages recycling to conserve the earth’s depleted resources. Here are guidelines on how to make dresses out of unwanted cotton pillowslips. We have taken dresses to orphans in Ghana made by ladies in Stratford-Upon-Avon, but now we need many more to go to a new project in Eastern Rwanda. Volunteers in Dolgellau made the dresses shown here, which Ros took with her on a research trip to Eastern Rwanda.

There is enormous poverty in this area, especially among children of mothers with HIV who tend to get shunned by their neighbours and are unable to find work. Consequently, many of the children are unable to go to school as their single mothers can’t afford the fees. There is a church school that takes many of the children at no charge and gives them a mid-day meal; sometimes the only thing they have to eat in a day. There are many children who are not sent to school because they have no clothes to wear.

The dresses that Ros took with her were put away by Pastor Philippe until we could send more so that all the girls might be given one each. We hope there will be enough to distribute to the local villagers so that they can send their children to school.

Imagine what a huge impact a small contribution on your part could make to a child in these circumstances.

A group of women from Ratley in Warwickshire began making scrubs for the NHS during the COVID-19 Lockdown. When these were no longer required, they turned their skills to making 77 dresses to send to our project in Gatsibo, Rwanda. They even found the money for carriage. In true British fashion, they celebrated their achievement by joining together for tea and cake.

Are you interested in making dresses to send to Rwanda?

Click here to download instructions for making an up-cycled pillowcase dress, made for us by one of our volunteers. There are also other patterns online.

Send your dress donations to:

CDUK, Tan Y Mynydd, Uwch Y Maes, Dolgellau, Gwynedd. LL40 1GA