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Mormon Women Sew Clothes for Children in Malawi

MELBOURNE, Australia — Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worked with local community members to provide clothing for over 300 orphan children in the African country of Malawi.

Mormon women from three local congregations in Melbourne volunteered supplies, time and talent to sew clothing and blankets — and to make toys — for children who attend the Transhaven schools in Malawi.

Three sewing bees were held in Church buildings, and members from the community were invited to participate. Future bees have been planned due to the ongoing support from Church and community members.

The Transhaven schools were started by Chris and Marg Laughton in hopes they could make a difference in the lives of African children.

The sewing project was organized by the Melbourne Australia Maroondah Stake Relief Society (a stake is comprised of several local congregations and is similar to a diocese). The Relief Society is the Church’s women’s organization and encourages women to provide charitable service.

There are over 100,000 members of the Church in Australia.

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