How would it be if every girl was clothed with a dress, no matter what her circumstances?
Where we started:
Sew a Girl Canberra started with a box of fabric gifted to me. A dear friend thought that I might like to make aprons from them (which I make for my business). However the fabrics weren’t really suitable for aprons, but were too good to give away, so I scoured the internet and came across Dress a Girl Around the World – a charity founded in the USA which has sent 800,000 dresses all over the world. The label we use on the dresses is from this connection and we are proud to be associated with them.
Since we started in the middle of 2016 we have grown and we manage our own deliveries and now are combining the Days for Girls kits with our work. We have realised that unless we keep the girls in school then they will not have the possibility of breaking the cycle of poverty, early marriage and childbirth. When women are given an education it builds stronger and sustainable communities. Education, and staying in school irrespective of the time of the month, is the key to making real and sustainable change.
Who we are:
We are as varied as women everywhere… we are mothers, grandmothers, married or single women …. we are stay at home, retired, working or professionals …… we are your neighbour, your friend, your boss or your colleague. Essentially we are a group of Canberra based women with a passion to be involved with something sustainable to make a difference to girls around the world. It is practical and a special way to help girls feel valued and special. We are on facebook and we welcome you to join our page.
What we do:
We sew, we cut, we donate, we promote, we lobby, we fundraise, we all give in many varied ways which are all important to the success of our group. Our diversity makes us strong. Every person has their own skills and we use those skills to produce dresses and Days for Girls Packs which change lives.
Each dress is made of quality fabric and sewn very well, to withstand washing in rivers and wearing by several girls in the family. The intent is that the dress is always a gift, donated and free, and therefore we are careful to ensure that the dresses go to children who really need them. We have a criteria to make sure that this is honoured, the criteria is here. Most dresses go to orphanages, schools and associations who work with girls in need, we are careful to ensure, as much as possible, that they are never sold.
Donations and status:
Dress a Girl Canberra itself does not have charitable status and so monetary donations are not tax deductible. However Days for Girls is an international charity and we have a bank account you may use to record a tax deductible receipt
Account Name: Tuggeranong
BSB: 064 032
Account number: 10134986
We are always looking for donations of cotton printed and colourful fabric, bias binding, elastic, trims and new undies sizes 2 to 14. And of course we happily accept money donations which are used for postage of the dresses, materials or specific projects. For more on money donations go here and and delivery of goods here.
We also are always happy to have assistance in sewing. You do not have to be local, we can post you the pattern which is available in the shop, and you post the completed dresses back to me in Canberra.
Please email me for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide girls with a special well-made dress, so that they are adequately clothed and feel valued.
We provide our service entirely free of charge to the recipients.
We recognise that education is a girl’s right and offers opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and helps the community in where she lives.
We make and distribute Days for Girls Packs as an important part of our work.
We use the donations we receive for the express purpose of sewing for girls in need.
We widen our horizons and build our capacity to reach more girls as we are able.