The orphanage’s children with clothes and gifts donated by Rags to Riches. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: Volunteers of Rags to Riches (R2R) Abu Dhabi have been busy for the last two weeks, sewing clothes for Smile Africa Children’s Home and School in Uganda.

An offshoot of Rags to Riches Dubai, the Abu Dhabi branch has contributed 92 clothing items including crocheted blankets towards the mission.

Mission Uganda

R2R Abu Dhabi was formed last March when Dubai volunteer Karen Rowland Jones moved to Abu Dhabi. They joined forces with the Dubai team to sew Eid clothes for the Tawakkul Muslimah Foundation in South Africa.

Recently the team was approached by another volunteer, Carla El Maalouf, whose mother is building a school block for the orphanage in Uganda. Carla and her sons will be staying at the orphanage and helping her out. “We thought it would be nice if the children had some new clothes when they attend their new school,” said Carla.

“When we received the request (from Carla) we took to our trusty machines and everyone sewed whatever they could,” said Fahmida Seitz, the social media coordinator of R2R.

The group is now embarking on a Knit-A-Thon to break the Guinness record for the largest crochet blanket.

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