Sewing for Uganda-Africa Fashion Show and Auction was positively awe inspiring on Saturday, April 23 as local children modeled outfits on the runway that are destined for Uganda. A poignant example of the impact of the Sewing for Uganda Project was summed up by Dr. Tosha Meredith while pointing to a photo. “This little boy will wear this outfit, sleep in it, and wear it again the next day. This is his only clothing.” The story of one little boy in Uganda represents the condition of many such children there.
This much anticipated event at the HJC Bowden Center in East Point, GA was both heart wrenching and exciting. This collaboration of Dr. Tosha Meredith Foundation (DTMF), and Kingdom International Virtual Church (KIMVC) along with the skills of the seniors of the Bowden Center’s sewing class will no doubt change lives as it meets a dire need.
If this story seems familiar, it is. Part one of this article was posted before the fashion show and auction as it was detailed by Executive Director (DTMF and KIMVC), Elle Parker-Meredith. This event, her brain child, truly will make a difference for the boys and girls that are thousands of miles away in Uganda and yet as close as a heartbeat.
Besides the spectacular modeling by children ranging in age from 2 to 16, there were dance performances that set just the right mood. Jonita McKinney of Refining Fire Atlanta (RFA) carried the crowd to a different place with a praise dance to the music “The Wait Is Over.” She was later joined for another stunning praise dance by her young son. And kudos for the stirring African dances by a Bowden senior dance group EDELIEGBA (Nigerian meaning Elders gathered with completion) with African Drummers of HJC.
After the fashion show which was exceptionally entertaining, there was the auction. The auctioneer Mr. Kip and Sherry Beach (Manheim Georgia Auto Auction) lent just the right authenticity for a successful fundraiser. One dress, for example, was auctioned for a whopping $165. The clothing as well as the funds raised will be sent to Uganda.
There were over 500 articles of clothing created by the Bowden sewing class majorly from sheets, pillowcases and t-shirts. It was disclosed by the Parker-Merediths that enough outfits were made to clothe the entire Ugandan school that DTMF sponsors. But more is needed for these deserving and courageous boys and girls. To make a donation click link https://www.gofundme.com/7lf808 and you will see the option to make a donation.
One more thing: A portion of a quote by Flo, a Ugandan girl. “Many of us are overlooked and often abused with no one to protect us. When you give God’s BEST dresses, know that for many of us, it will be the only new dress we ever own.”
Just look at God.
(There is a slideshow with this article.)