Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Dolly Donations to Haiti

Originally, when I signed up for this project, I had hoped to get two dolls, maybe three at the most, done to send out in time for a shipment being prepared to send to Haiti.

It turns out, I was able to crochet FIVE of them!

Dolly Donations is a mission to provide love and comfort, "one dolly at a time", to the children of Haiti, who are still suffering the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010. It is estimated that as many as 230,000 people were killed, 300,000 injured, and now as many as ONE MILLION are left homeless. Many children were left ophaned... It is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

Haiti is already known to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The damage now done is massive. Many survivors are still living under tents pitched up with only a blanket, while medical supplies and clean drinking water are both still desperately needed.

As countries all over the world continue to provide aid and support in whatever ways they can, priorities for Haiti's recovery involve establishing a working government, clearing streets, and improving the conditions of sanitation. There is, however, worry of further complication as the rainy season approaches, which can cause flooding and mudslides, thus worsening the existing unsanitary living conditions still there.

The pattern I used for the dolls I am sending comes from HERE. It is a favorite crochet doll pattern which I never grow tired of, and I'm sure will continue to use over and over again!

Here are more pictures of the dolls... Gosh, group pictures are hard to take! Kids will be kids! Just TRY to catch them all smiling, and looking at the camera at the same time, without fidgeting and fooling around! It's not easy!

Well, I'm off to the post office to send my little dollies on their way. I wish I could have done more, but I hope they bring a smile, some comfort, and and a little security to the children who receive them. I pray God blesses these children and their families, as I hope we all continue to send whatever help we can.