D’AVO with Love

How fabric waste makes children smile

The initiative originated in Portugal and transforms waste fabric from the home and textile industry into children’s clothing, e.g., in Africa. The formula is simple, and it is perfect. Volunteers coordinate the collaboration between textile companies and senior citizens in retirement homes (Avo is Portuguese for grandma), who are also part of this splendid initiative – they sew the clothing for children and thus enrich their everyday lives immeasurably – and, in particular, have the feeling to be needed and to be doing something worthwhile.A transport company is also involved. To date, over 450 dresses have been made in 14 retirement homes and sent to children in Nepal, Kenya and the Cape Verde Islands. Thus, a dress is an affectionate gesture for needy children and ‘waste’ turned to the best possible use – by helping a child. But that’s not all. These dresses look so enchanting and make D’AVO with Love so agreeable that one wants to hug everyone involved. A reception to present this exemplary initiative was held with representatives of the Portuguese Embassy, AICEP and many other Portuguese participants at D’AVO’s Heimtextil stand (Hall 9.0, Foyer 01) on 12 January 2016.

D’AVO with Love can be found in Hall 9.0, Foyer 01.

 

Kerstin Böhning

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