When asking ‘what did you do at school today?’ not many parents would expect the answer to be ‘we made dolls’.
But for the year 11 children, families and community class at Eaton Community College, the Uthando Project is a cause very close to their hearts.
With the help of sewing machines, thread and stuffing, the students are producing dolls for the children of KwaZula Natal in South Africa who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Home economics teacher Jessica Mead said the students have been hard at work to help a worthwhile charitable cause.
“Each of the students are making dolls for assessment and they will then be donated to children in Africa,” she said.
“The dolls are more than just toys, they offer companionship to the children who have experienced very challenging circumstances.
“The dolls are someone to cuddle, talk to and engage in imaginative play with.”
While the students are busy making their dolls, the community are welcome to get involved too.
Every Monday between 9am and midday, the Uthando Dollmakers – Bunbury Group meet at Cooinda Primary School in East Bunbury to sew or knit dolls for the project.
For more information, or to become involved, contact Deborah on 0409 200 444 or search Uthando Dollmaking Project Bunbury on Facebook.