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An Intern's Perspective - Making Something Out of Nothing

BY KENZIE ROBERTS | 14 APRIL 2017

If you have been following Global Alms for a while now, you would know about our Community Liaison Officer, Moo Ra Soe's, heart for young girls in need within the local community. I have recently been with Moo Ra and the rest of our team, to the local clinic out here where she distributed Pillowcase Dresses.

These pillowcase dresses are made out of spare material from the vocational sewing classes Global Alms that teaches, and projects from Shwe Zin Designs; a part of Global Alms’ Small Business Development program. This way, the material is not wasted and there aren’t any giant boxes of material sitting around the office. It also means that Moo Ra and the team are able to provide a small gift to those in need within the communities.

These dresses are made for little girls, newborn to primary school aged. They are each a gift to the girls and families who are not financially stable enough to get many clothes for their kids. These dresses are also given to the children in the In-Patient Department in the aforementioned clinic. This clinic solely serves migrants and refugees, those most in need, and they often travel for hours or days in order to receive the urgent medical treatment usually inaccessible to them in Burma. They are usually walking for miles and crossing borders to get to the clinic and many have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The dresses also go to poor schoolgirls, single moms with sick children, and abandoned babies at the clinic.

It is hard to live with few options and little money, or to be unwell in a foreign place. It can be especially difficult to lift spirits. However, it is obvious that the dresses make a difference in the lives of everyone who receives them even if it’s just for a few minutes. Every little girl deserves a pretty dress no matter her financial, familial, legal, or social status.

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