I have just signed up to make a doll to contribute to Craft Hope's second project, which is to supply as many dolls as possible to the children at the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Nicaragua.
"The orphanage ... house[s] children from the ages of 4 to 18, boys and girls. They are currently working to not only feed and clothe the kids, they are starting to really focus on their psychological and emotional health as well. When the children arrive at the orphanage, they literally have nothing and we would love to give them something that is “theirs.”
Craft Hope is working with Eren and the ORPHANetwork to provide handmade, soft-bodied dolls for the children. Many of the children come from abusive situations and the dolls will allow the children to develop the mothering and nurturing instincts that most little girls have.
Here is what we are needing… Of course, the dolls must be handmade. We will need girl, as well as boy dolls. We ask that the dolls have brown hair and brown eyes, since we would like them to resemble the children they are going to. You may use any pattern you like.
If you have never tried sewing a doll, it’s okay! Just give it a shot. We aren’t looking for perfection, we are looking for the love that goes into making the item. This is also a good project to get your children involved. You can even put a little heart inside the doll. Be creative, it’s your creation that will be loved no matter what."
Sign up over at Craft Hope now if this seems like something you would like to be a part of, get sewing and send your contribution/s to Craft Hope in the States for June 13th.