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Dolls for Africa

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About Doll Making
to contact by phone: 1-646-752-1078 to contact by email: info@dollsforafrica.org

"Dolls for Africa" is a project of the "Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles Humanitarian Service founded by
humanitarian Sri Chinmoy. In 2006 during a mission to South Africa, we received a request both from the
office of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and also from the director of the Philani project for African dolls. Sri
Chinmoy inspired and encouraged this new endeavour."

“Just one smile

immensely increases

the beauty of the

universe.”


- Sri Chinmoy

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“Let it be our choice

to make a world

where everyone

helps each other.”


- Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy

" Dolls for Africa is a

project of great

compassion and caring.

I endorse it

enthusiastically."

- Archbishop

Desmond Tutu

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Archbishop
Desmond Tutu
is Patron of
the Philani Nutrition and Development
Centres.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Dolls for Africa is entirely organized by volunteers - from working professionals to at-home moms
eager to brighten up the lives of needy kids as well as Cloth Doll Clubs, Sewing Clubs, and High
School students to participate in our program.
We thank you in advance, for making these charming African dolls!

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to make sweet,
simple cloth
dolls that
African
children can
relate to.
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"The handmade dolls were the most touching of all the gifts received." said a worker at the Philani
Centre, after receiving a Kids to Kids sea container of food, medicine, school supplies, toys, and a
shipment of hundreds of cloth dolls. She said the children could feel the love, affection and concern of
the children who made the dolls. For the Philani children, who live in dire poverty, and who face many
challenges, holding their own doll gives them immeasurable comfort.

child2 Our vision is to
gift as many
cloth dolls as
possible to the
children of
Africa.
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Dolls made by Mongolian school children.

 

A happy girl holds her doll.

“Every self-giving effort of every human being
is needed to change the face of the world.”
- Sri Chinmoy
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"Dolls for Africa"
offers a special gratitude to
Mark Mohan for transporting dolls
to Africa through Cathay Pacific Airline.

 

"The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles"
founder, poet, musician, humanitarian,
Sri Chinmoy was the inspiration behind
the beginning of the "Dolls for Africa" project.

doll makers Dolls made by Russian Doll Club. Dolls made by Mongolian Doll Club.

Dolls and doll makers from St. Pius X Catholic
Womens League.

Dolls and doll makers from St. Pius X Catholic
Womens League.

Dolls made by Mongolian Doll Club.

"Dolls for Africa" began in 2006 after a visit to South Africa by two team members of "The Oneness-
Heart-Tears and Smiles" humanitarian service. We visited the "Philani Nutrition Centres" in Cape
Town, South Africa where His Grace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the patron. The Philani Nutrition
and Development Project, has been directed by co-founder Dr. Ingrid Le Roux since 1979. During our
visit we learned that there is a great need for African Dolls especially for children who are in
orphanages. At the Philani Nutrition Centre, we saw seventy-seven children between the ages of three to
five years old. These children were being treated for malnutrition. There were very few toys for the
children to play with and only one doll for all of the children to play with which was white skinned and
missing a limb. The children took turns strapping this doll held with a blanket to their backs just as
their mothers had carried them. We then knew how precious this one doll was to these children and
wanted to be able to give these children more dolls, especially brown skinned dolls which have been
requested by three Philani Centres.

In less than two years, Kids to Kids arranged for more than 600 hand-crafted dolls to be made by children from 12
countries for their disadvantaged brothers and sisters living in squatter communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. This programme was carried out in conjunction with the Philani Nutrition and Development Project, which was founded in 1979 by Dr. Ingrid Le Roux and whose Patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu.“The handmade dolls were the most touching of all the gifts received,” said a worker at the Philani Centre, after receiving a Kids to Kids sea container of food, medicine, school supplies, toys, and a shipment of hundreds of cloth dolls. She said the children could feel the love, affection and concern of the children who made the dolls.

Through this Kids to Kids project, bridges of friendship, understanding and oneness are being established between
children worldwide. For the Philani children, who live in dire poverty and who face many additional challenges,
holding their own doll brings them joy and comfort. And for the children who make these dolls, the experience of extending their hands and expanding their hearts to their African brothers and sisters is enormously rewarding.

Some comments of the children making those dolls follow (from the Newsday Article by Meryl English):

Another student, Kwesi Wilson, 11, said, “Kids who never saw a toy before will feel happy, and it was a fun experience.”

Max Couloute, 13, added that that kids without a family would know that “there are other children in the world that care about them.”

Jaffie Balthazard, 12, a New York student said, “I want to give dolls to the kids that are lonely, to show them that we love them.” Max Couloute, 13, added that that kids without a family would know that “there are other children in the world that care about them.”