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Ottawa woman delivers wedding gowns to Africa

An Ottawa woman is granting the wishes of young brides in Kenya by delivering donated wedding gowns to the African country.
Carol Waters plans to bring donated wedding gowns to brides in the Mathar slums of Nairobi, Kenya, in January. (CBC)
An Ottawa woman is granting the wishes of young brides in Kenya by delivering donated wedding gowns to the African country.

Carol Waters, a volunteer with Project Hope Africa, teaches young women how to sew and earn money. She had the idea to bring donated wedding gowns to the Marthare slums of Nairobi when she was last there looking through a student's wedding album.

Waters asked her students if brides ever wore white but was told that only the very wealthy typically can afford to.

"I had the idea that even though you're poor and you live in a slum you could have a dress that for one day you could feel very special," Waters said.

There is more to the plan than making their big day all the more special. Waters also hopes to create a lasting business plan for the recipients of the donated gowns by having them rent out the gowns to other brides for approximately $5 a day.

"The girls could make some money, I would teach them how to wash them, put false hems on them, they could alter them and maybe it would give 10 girls on a Saturday a special day in their life," she said.

Waters is still looking for more dresses to carry with her when she leaves for Kenya in mid-January.

If you have a dress to donate, you can call Waters at 613-235-8461.