Doll project for Africa

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

A group of women have joined together to create dolls to send to children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, one of the country’s most prevalent HIV/AIDS-affected communities.

Capecare resident Edie Stewart said she got involved in the Uthando doll project after talking with a project organiser at a Vasse Probus meeting.

She said the group had made about 70 dolls so far, with some taking up to a week to make.

“It’ll make some little children happy for a little while we hope,” she said.

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Mrs Stewart said the dolls helped lighten the children’s spirits. “Some are given to adults as well to help them to communicate,” she said.

“It’s a good community project as well — we’ve had a lot of fun doing it and made some new friends.”

The dolls were sent to KwaZulu-Natal in a container-load this week, along with dolls from other groups in Busselton and throughout the State.

Dolls clothes, blankets and bags were also sent.

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