While still fidgeting which way to spend and shop this Christmas season, it won’t be a bad idea to consider the people around you that may not have the financial capability to buy clothes or even have a decent meal this Christmas. And just in case you are wondering where to share some love to the less privilege during Christmas, look no further as we bring you the Sunshine project. The Sunshine project is an initiative of Ayo Van Elmar (a Nigerian-Born fashion designer based in Vienna, Austria) aimed at bringing sunshine into the lives and putting smiles on the faces of children whose parents are truly unable to afford clothes and new pair of shoes for them this Christmas.
Ayo has been in Lagos for over four weeks now designing costumes and styling up contestants for the TV show, Nigeria’s Got Talent. However, while undergoing the Nigeria’s Got Talent project, it occurred to her that there are still a whole lot of kids in the streets that can’t afford to live comfortably in Nigeria; a country with so much endowment. Parents of these kids strive hard to get them through public primary schools and struggle even harder to put food on their tables, buy them school uniforms and books. Hence, getting them clothes during this Christmas season may be an uphill task for them.
Ayo was inspired to begin to use the left over fabrics that was bought for the TV show as well as the rest of the fabrics that had been left from past collections to make clothing for children who are among the poorest in their communities. Lagos has a very strong Christmas culture and it is a norm that children get new clothes, often their only clothes for the next year, at Christmas.
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