Some Jackson County 4-H Club members, and Oklahoma Home and Community Education members, have designed and sewn a total of 27 dresses and 12 pairs of shorts for the “Little Dresses for Africa,” and “Little Britches for Africa,” projects. Club members spent a couple of hours sewing the dresses to helping clothe children in the African village, Ngodzi, Malawi, by sending dresses and shorts over with a church group looking to provide humanitarian services.
Mary Lou Perkey, with the First Baptist Church of Hobart will be traveling to Ngodzi, for 18 days to work with the Ngodzi Baptist Church, as well as help establish a medical clinic for villagers. Perkey stated that the village is very poor, and that the church has a feeding center where they feed about 700 children at noon, five days a week.
“In previous trips we’ve taken these dresses to the little young girls and they are just overjoyed to get something new,” Perkey said. “Usually the set of clothes they have, they wear all the time until they out grow it or it falls apart.” Perkey stated that during their last visit some of the girls were still wearing dresses from and early trip. “So a new drew is major. And people are sending over shorts now too because the little boys like to be remembered too.”
“It’s a special, special place in our hearts.”
Perkey will be traveling with two women from the First Baptist Church of Hobart, making this their 6th visit to Ngodzi.
In the past year, the Hobart church has been bringing over supplies like bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic items, to help build a medical clinic. During this trip, they will hold a dedication ceremony for the clinic.
Perkey stated that they are not concerned about the recent spread of the Ebola virus where an increased number people who have contacted and died from the disease. The “outbreak” has largely taken place in the northwestern region of the continent, over 4000 miles away from Malawi, in the Southwestern Region of Africa.
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit Christian organization that brings relief to children in Africa, by the work of volunteers around the world who create simple dresses out of pillowcases.