Although Sewing for Hope began in Naples, off-shoots have developed as far away as Vancouver Island, Massachusettes and Colorado. Sewing for Hope is a project of the Tumaini Fund, which supports HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Northwest Tanzania. To date, Sewing for Hope has donated more than 1,500 colorful new dresses.
Without decent clothing, the children will not venture out in the village to attend church, since they believe that wearing ragged clothing in church dishonors God. With the dresses, the young girls are eager and able to attend church and go out to market. It is extremely meaningful to these little girls, most of whom have lost both parents to the AIDS crisis, to know that a special person from far away cared enough about them to hand-sew a dress especially for them.
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