Little Dresses for South Africa

Little Dresses for South Africa Welcome to my Group. This group is for anyone who loves to Sew and Give. I make dresses, shorts/t.shirs/trousers four young children in South Africa.

We are currently also raising money to support 2 soup kitchens.

Operating as usual

Evening Everyone.x Our Gloucestershire Hub is in need of Donations. I have a dedicated Freezer Just for the Golden Heart...
23/10/2021

Evening Everyone.x Our Gloucestershire Hub is in need of Donations. I have a dedicated Freezer Just for the Golden Hearted so Freezer Items welcome.x Im happy to collect if in the Gloucester Area.x Many Thanks.

The Golden Hearted 🇬🇧

Evening Everyone.x Our Gloucestershire Hub is in need of Donations. I have a dedicated Freezer Just for the Golden Hearted so Freezer Items welcome.x Im happy to collect if in the Gloucester Area.x Many Thanks.

The Golden Hearted 🇬🇧

Hi Everyone.x Im still trying to get in Contact with the lovely lady who Donated some Lovely Clothes. My emails arent go...
21/05/2021

Hi Everyone.x Im still trying to get in Contact with the lovely lady who Donated some Lovely Clothes. My emails arent going through and I cant seem to find you on fb.x Linda if you read this please reach out. I would love to say thank you properly.x

Hi Everyone.x Im still trying to get in Contact with the lovely lady who Donated some Lovely Clothes. My emails arent going through and I cant seem to find you on fb.x Linda if you read this please reach out. I would love to say thank you properly.x

Hello! Hope you are well!Today I am reaching out to everybody that has supported me with my charity initiative since I s...
21/05/2021

Hello! Hope you are well!
Today I am reaching out to everybody that has supported me with my charity initiative since I started in Feb (if you are unable to, it is really fine, I am just reaching out to everyone in the hope to reach those who are able to and have it on their hearts to do so).

In a nutshell, it has been a bit mad and a steep learning curve but I am now confident that I would like to continue to help people in South Africa. With a 50% plus unemployment rate and very little government support the needs are just dire across the board.

I have decided to follow the advice of several friends to ask if people would be willing to place monthly orders for cookie kits or make a monthly donation so that I do not have to spend so much time on fundraising (as the process of making the best decisions on how and who to help is really time consuming already).

It will also enable me to plan and budget better for the "projects" I am involved with.

I have a separate Monzo account that I will now start to use for all donations and if you are able to and have it in your heart to help please let me know then I can send you the banking info.

ANY amount, big or small WILL make a difference. At the moment I have £200 coming in every month from two very kind ladies. That, plus my own contribution of £100 is R6000 in SA. I can help a little bit with this but there is so much more that I would love to do. I will continue to market and sell my cookie kits but it is very slow unless it is a big event like mothersday etc. and since lock down ended sales have been very little (only 2 packs this month).

If you are keen to get involved you can set up a monthly payment from your bank account or if you prefer I can just send you a reminder at the end of the month. There is really no obligation and you can opt out any time should you not be able to give (no questions will be asked).
ALL FUNDS go towards the needy.

The long version (if you have time to read):

It has been quite a journey, I started off with the idea of just helping a little bit and only helping a family "once" but then realised these people often need more ongoing support (not just money) until they are really able to sustain themselves.

I started off on my own but have now made a few amazing and trusted connections who shares my heart and vision and help me to get other people like local churches involved and then we help them as a team (at the moment I have 4 families like that and a further 3 that I will be working with like that). The church can often help with food hampers and emotional support, I stand in for things like rent, support to find jobs (petrol, airtime, rewriting their CV, helping them to look for jobs or help with funds for stock/produce if they are able to have their own small business).

Yes I have had a few cases where I looked back and felt like I should not have helped, I was merely a person on a habitual beggar's journey, but that is in the minority and hey ho they did need help at the time and bought food or what was agreed with the money.

I am on about 8/9 FB groups where people ask for help, look for work etc (with an anonymous profile). I have picked up on other people that help, and also the "scammers" , those who do not really want to be helped and then there are the cases where I would really like to get involved but just do not have the funds to get involved. If you follow several groups for a few months you can start seeing patterns and pick up on those that are more genuine. I would often approach these people via somebody else that has helped them out already to find out their feedback first.

I have realised that I will have to "stap 'n pad" (afrikaans) or "go on a journey" with these families.. a lot of them have been abandoned by their usually also poor family and friends, they do not always know where and how to access help that is available. A lot of them has a very low level of education and easily get scammed by the so many "crooks" in SA exploiting their vulnerable positions. There are as many sad stories as there are people and it is quite a process to figure out what is really going on.

I now with the help of Alet from Rainbow Kids United get them connected to local churches. Alet's sister in law is also involved with another organisation that has like an 11 page form to access help and support, once again if you are on the ground already to get those forms printed and completed is just not possible so I step in and help with the cost of printing and emailing and filling out the forms (these people often only have a cheap phone to be connected to the world).

So it is all very messy and complicated when you get involved, however I have learned a lot and are constantly learning more and building up connections to help them more with all aspects of getting back on their feet.

I am also very keen to continue my support for food hampers in Khayelithsa every month via my friends from church there, however it would be great to have like R3000 available for that as there are just such a great need in Nlongile area where nobody helps. This has also inspired my friends' to get their friends involved and more food was collected that would not have happened if I did not start my process with my little bit of funds.

So once again, it would be super amazing if you can contribute a few pounds each month to this "project" of mine.

This will help me so much with my "budget" for the families I have on my "books" knowing how much and where I can help them until they are on their feet.

I also spend loads of time praying and asking for prayers for them as ultimately we need miracles here like great jobs but until that happens the help you make possible via me is a miracle to these people.

What I do is also just a drop in the bucket but I feel it is better to help some than none.

And as always NO money goes towards administration or work involved.. the only time I will pay somebody is if it is a person in need doing something for me - for another person in need (creating jobs lol). I do this because it really makes me happy to help others and that is priceless.

I am also very happy to report back on everything and have lots of conversations and photos that I do not post on my page as it will just be too much..

Thanks for reading, thank you for helping.
Love
Roelien

Hello! Hope you are well!
Today I am reaching out to everybody that has supported me with my charity initiative since I started in Feb (if you are unable to, it is really fine, I am just reaching out to everyone in the hope to reach those who are able to and have it on their hearts to do so).

In a nutshell, it has been a bit mad and a steep learning curve but I am now confident that I would like to continue to help people in South Africa. With a 50% plus unemployment rate and very little government support the needs are just dire across the board.

I have decided to follow the advice of several friends to ask if people would be willing to place monthly orders for cookie kits or make a monthly donation so that I do not have to spend so much time on fundraising (as the process of making the best decisions on how and who to help is really time consuming already).

It will also enable me to plan and budget better for the "projects" I am involved with.

I have a separate Monzo account that I will now start to use for all donations and if you are able to and have it in your heart to help please let me know then I can send you the banking info.

ANY amount, big or small WILL make a difference. At the moment I have £200 coming in every month from two very kind ladies. That, plus my own contribution of £100 is R6000 in SA. I can help a little bit with this but there is so much more that I would love to do. I will continue to market and sell my cookie kits but it is very slow unless it is a big event like mothersday etc. and since lock down ended sales have been very little (only 2 packs this month).

If you are keen to get involved you can set up a monthly payment from your bank account or if you prefer I can just send you a reminder at the end of the month. There is really no obligation and you can opt out any time should you not be able to give (no questions will be asked).
ALL FUNDS go towards the needy.

The long version (if you have time to read):

It has been quite a journey, I started off with the idea of just helping a little bit and only helping a family "once" but then realised these people often need more ongoing support (not just money) until they are really able to sustain themselves.

I started off on my own but have now made a few amazing and trusted connections who shares my heart and vision and help me to get other people like local churches involved and then we help them as a team (at the moment I have 4 families like that and a further 3 that I will be working with like that). The church can often help with food hampers and emotional support, I stand in for things like rent, support to find jobs (petrol, airtime, rewriting their CV, helping them to look for jobs or help with funds for stock/produce if they are able to have their own small business).

Yes I have had a few cases where I looked back and felt like I should not have helped, I was merely a person on a habitual beggar's journey, but that is in the minority and hey ho they did need help at the time and bought food or what was agreed with the money.

I am on about 8/9 FB groups where people ask for help, look for work etc (with an anonymous profile). I have picked up on other people that help, and also the "scammers" , those who do not really want to be helped and then there are the cases where I would really like to get involved but just do not have the funds to get involved. If you follow several groups for a few months you can start seeing patterns and pick up on those that are more genuine. I would often approach these people via somebody else that has helped them out already to find out their feedback first.

I have realised that I will have to "stap 'n pad" (afrikaans) or "go on a journey" with these families.. a lot of them have been abandoned by their usually also poor family and friends, they do not always know where and how to access help that is available. A lot of them has a very low level of education and easily get scammed by the so many "crooks" in SA exploiting their vulnerable positions. There are as many sad stories as there are people and it is quite a process to figure out what is really going on.

I now with the help of Alet from Rainbow Kids United get them connected to local churches. Alet's sister in law is also involved with another organisation that has like an 11 page form to access help and support, once again if you are on the ground already to get those forms printed and completed is just not possible so I step in and help with the cost of printing and emailing and filling out the forms (these people often only have a cheap phone to be connected to the world).

So it is all very messy and complicated when you get involved, however I have learned a lot and are constantly learning more and building up connections to help them more with all aspects of getting back on their feet.

I am also very keen to continue my support for food hampers in Khayelithsa every month via my friends from church there, however it would be great to have like R3000 available for that as there are just such a great need in Nlongile area where nobody helps. This has also inspired my friends' to get their friends involved and more food was collected that would not have happened if I did not start my process with my little bit of funds.

So once again, it would be super amazing if you can contribute a few pounds each month to this "project" of mine.

This will help me so much with my "budget" for the families I have on my "books" knowing how much and where I can help them until they are on their feet.

I also spend loads of time praying and asking for prayers for them as ultimately we need miracles here like great jobs but until that happens the help you make possible via me is a miracle to these people.

What I do is also just a drop in the bucket but I feel it is better to help some than none.

And as always NO money goes towards administration or work involved.. the only time I will pay somebody is if it is a person in need doing something for me - for another person in need (creating jobs lol). I do this because it really makes me happy to help others and that is priceless.

I am also very happy to report back on everything and have lots of conversations and photos that I do not post on my page as it will just be too much..

Thanks for reading, thank you for helping.
Love
Roelien

16/05/2021

Hi Everyone! I received a Parcel from a Lovely Lady, it was a skirt and top and another skirt and shorts. Could you please get intouch so That I can say thank You? I tried to email but it keeps bouncing backx MANY thanks. Its now packed away and around 180dresses/shorts are being taken to South Africa on the 5th.x My mum will take photos when she takes it.x Thank You so much.x

Wow, another Amazing Donation! Thank You so much Jean! They are all just Gorgeous! This brings our Total to 190 dresses,...
22/04/2021

Wow, another Amazing Donation! Thank You so much Jean! They are all just Gorgeous! This brings our Total to 190 dresses, around 50 baby hats and loads of other bits! Thank you so much to everyone that has Donated!x

Morning Everyone! I still cant access my Messages:( Just want to say a huge thank you for this lovely Donation.x  I dont...
21/04/2021

Morning Everyone! I still cant access my Messages:( Just want to say a huge thank you for this lovely Donation.x I dont know who its from so please get intouch.x Many Thanks Chantell

07858625513

Hi Everyone, I just want to say a Huge thank You to Pat for another amazing Donation of Dresses. Ive counted how many we...
18/04/2021

Hi Everyone, I just want to say a Huge thank You to Pat for another amazing Donation of Dresses. Ive counted how many we have and we are standing on 160 dresses and 10skirts(Im going to buy t.shirts to go with them) and then a few shorts. Im in the process of trying to get them to SA so they will be able to be used this summer in SA. A huge thank you for everyones contributions.x

My inbox is not working atm. So please msg me on 07858625513 if you would like to get intouch.x

Hi Everyone so we are very busy behind the scenes to figure out a way of getting our dresses/pads to South Africa in fut...
01/04/2021

Hi Everyone so we are very busy behind the scenes to figure out a way of getting our dresses/pads to South Africa in future, and Yikes it is expensive. I am going to see whether fellow South Africans going back will take a extra 23kg bag(at my cost, will be around 80pounds per bag), but if that fails I have found this company. I have a few things up my sleeve to try and Raise the money, but if anyone would like to donate towards a box please do get in touch. We have a contact in Cape Town that Empowers young girls by educating and handing out reusable sanitary towels so it will be going to them. My number is 07858625513 if you would like to help in any way.

Hi Everyone so we are very busy behind the scenes to figure out a way of getting our dresses/pads to South Africa in future, and Yikes it is expensive. I am going to see whether fellow South Africans going back will take a extra 23kg bag(at my cost, will be around 80pounds per bag), but if that fails I have found this company. I have a few things up my sleeve to try and Raise the money, but if anyone would like to donate towards a box please do get in touch. We have a contact in Cape Town that Empowers young girls by educating and handing out reusable sanitary towels so it will be going to them. My number is 07858625513 if you would like to help in any way.

01/04/2021

Hi Everyone, I cant seem to go into my messages. If you have sent me a message please whatsapp me on 07858625513.

Many Thanks
Chantell

Nick and Jan hard at work helping to pake Sanitary Towels for our Project! And they are just perfect. If you have any ph...
29/03/2021

Nick and Jan hard at work helping to pake Sanitary Towels for our Project! And they are just perfect. If you have any photos please send me a pm I would love to share it on the page.x

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