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Regional Girl Scouts sew dresses for Haiti

  • Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple, works on sewing dresses for girls in Haiti as part of her Brownie Troop's contribution to the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple, works on sewing dresses for girls in Haiti as part of her Brownie Troop's contribution to the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple, works on sewing dresses for girls in Haiti as part of her Brownie Troop's contribution to the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple, right, sewed dresses for girls in Haiti as part of their Troop's contribution to the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple, works on sewing dresses for girls in Haiti as part of her Brownie Troop's contribution to the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 19, 2018

Across the Monadnock region, Girl Scouts have been busily sewing dresses. But not for themselves.

Local troops have created nearly 70 dresses, which will be gathered along with other troop’s efforts to be delivered to Haiti this week, as part of the nonprofit campaign “Dress a Girl Around the World.”

“My mom has a sewing machine, and I make a lot of stuff,” said Brownie Norah McNamara, 8, of Peterborough. “But I’ve never made something for someone else before.”

McNamara is part of Troop 12102, a Brownie troop that includes girls from Temple and Peterborough. Though only a few girls with some sewing experience banded together to make the simple dresses, they were able to complete a total of ten to send off to Haiti.

“They don’t have many clothes. They’ll be wearing these dresses for up to three years,” said Seanna Leonard, 9, of Temple.

Sonja Fritz, who is the assistant troop leader for another troop that participated in the project, Troop 58248 of Bennington, said that the project involves age-appropriate education about the situation of girls in Haiti.

Most recently, Haiti suffered massive casualties numbering in the hundreds in the aftermath of the 2016 Hurricane Matthew, which also destroyed a large amount of the country’s infrastructure, crops, and destroyed access points from the southwestern portion of the country to the rest of Haiti. Infrastructure damage slowed resources getting to the worst affected areas. Haiti is also still dealing with an ongoing cholera epidemic, the first modern large-scale outbreak of the disease, which has been spreading across Haiti since 2010, connected to sanitary conditions post the 2010 magnitude 7.0 quake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. 

Sophia Judd, 8, of Temple, said she had talked with her mother about the situation in Haiti, and how long it takes to rebuild after a devastating hurricane. 

“It feels good,” she said, about knowing where the dresses that they put their work into would be going. 

“There are a lot of ways this is good,” said Fritz. “It’s an opportunity to educate the girls about life circumstances of other countries. There’s a social awareness piece as well as the social benefits of working together to accomplish a larger goal, and the practical life skills such as sewing.”

Troop 12102 is currently accepting new troop members. Third-grade girls from the Temple or Peterborough area are encouraged to contact the Peterborough Recreation Department for more information about joining. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertrancript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.