From Herm to Haiti, with love

SEVERAL Herm women – myself included – have become involved in making little dresses for Guernsey charity Bridge2Haiti.

Jos Knight and Cheryl Latter with the dresses that have been sent to children in Haiti.
Jos Knight and Cheryl Latter with the dresses that have been sent to children in Haiti.

SEVERAL Herm women – myself included – have become involved in making little dresses for Guernsey charity Bridge2Haiti.

The simple dresses were the idea of the charity’s founder, Sarah Griffith.

She had the thought after seeing children on a rubbish dump adjacent to the school the charity is rebuilding who were always wearing the same dirty T-shirts.

The dresses are in basic designs, made of cotton and ribbon, and in three different sizes for girls up to the age of six. They can be made easily from old curtains, bedspreads, duvet covers or even pillowcases.

Volunteers from every parish in Guernsey have been involved in this first wave of dressmaking and it was nice for Herm to be part of this. Sarah collected dozens of dresses to take with her on her current trip to Haiti, but it is an ongoing project which the charity hopes to expand in coming months.

Hermites donated six dresses this time, but more residents will be getting involved for future collections.

All the materials were donated. All we had to invest was a little bit of ribbon and a little bit of time – something that’s plentiful on Herm during these dark wintry evenings.

They don’t take very long to make at all and it is very rewarding to see the finished product and know it could mean the world to a little girl.