IN THE COMMUNITY
If you've read Gwen's story you know that before she designed jewelry she was a self taught then formally trained apparel designer. Her foundation in apparel design and love for fashion forged her relationship with the non-profit, Little Dresses for Africa. Her love for creating and empowering women motivated her to form her own initiative in support of the organization. Annually, Gwen organizes a group of volunteers to assist with making and designing 100 dresses for little girls across the globe who are in need of them. The project is currently funded largely by Gwen Beloti Collection, a portion of every sale helps to fund the initiative. In theory and in practice Gwen Beloti customers are key contributors in serving the community.
100 DRESSES FOR LITTLE DRESSES FOR AFRICA PROJECT
COLLABORATING SINCE 2010
Little Dresses for Africa – LDFA is a Christian based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout the continent of Africa and abroad. Volunteers from all over the world support by making little dresses out of pillow cases or other simple patterns. LDFA sends the donated dresses through missions teams, mails them directly to verified communities and takes them personally with their short term teams. To date they've delivered millions of dresses and shorts to children around the world, and their efforts don't end there. They’ve taken on a very active and committed role in assisting with the betterment of the communities these children reside in by building wells, housing, and providing educational resources.
Gwen has collaborated with LDFA on various projects since 2010. In 2015 Gwen Beloti Collection organized the 100 Dresses for LDFA Project. Gwen alongside student and adult-community volunteers from across NYC, gather annually to make and design 100 dresses.
2020 marks the 6th year the brand has organized the event; having now made and donated well over 500 dresses.
The project is funded by Gwen Beloti Collection with additional support from donors.
The materials that are used to decorate and embellish the pillowcases are mostly excess fabric pieces and trimmings from the season's collection.
For Giving Tuesday 2019 Gwen Beloti Collection has committed to furthering it's sustainability efforts in 2020. Dresses will be constructed and designed entirely from excess materials.
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