Britches for Boys

June 26, 2013 | Janie

Steve Fredlund’s mom, Ellen, is at it again. That’s her in the orange t-shirt, second from the right. Standing with her are women from Pine City, MN, who have helped sew shorts for the boys of Kivuruga, Rwanda. The Our Response team will take these shorts with them when they leave for Kivuruga at the end of July. They plan to fill two 50-pound duffle bags full of these simple elasticized britches, as well as shorts and t-shirts that have been purchased and donated.

Shorts for Boys in Kivuruga

When the last Our Response team travelled to Kivuruga, they took several hundred Little Dresses for Africa with them. Oh, they were so, so cute and so much fun to make!

Little Dress for Africa modeled

Inspired by a woman named Rachel O’Neill of Brownstown, Michigan, who started this ministry of sewing clothing for African girls, using pillowcases or simple dress patterns, the women of East Central MN committed to doing the same for girls in Kivuruga.

Picking Out A Little Dress for Africa

Little Dresses are distributed

But we don’t want the boys to be left out! So now East Central women have dusted off their sewing machines and are working on clothing for the guys. Here’s an amazing woman, who just happens to be the energetic mother of a friend of mine. Her name is Lenora.

Sewing Shorts

Lenora recruited a group of friends in her Cambridge apartment complex to help her sew shorts.

Friends help with sewing Friends help with sewing shorts for KivurugaFriends help with sewing shorts

These are the shorts that got done that day. Later Lenora got busy on her own and made a total contribution of 56 pairs!

Three sewing friends

Thanks ladies! We know that there was love in every stitch!


  • Steve Fredlund

    This is so amazing; thanks to all the sewers and to Ellen for coordinating and to Janie for telling their story. The counts keep pouring in; I just received another bag full. We also have a bag of dresses that someone just could not resist making! One of our highlights in 2011 was watching the women and girls of Kivuruga pick out dresses for their families; I’m so excited to repeat this for the boys. Providing clean, new clothes and watching reactions is simply priceless. Thank you for your contribution to transforming Kivuruga, Rwanda and being a force for good in the world.

  • barb holmberg

    These women are amazing! So fun to see their smiling faces and KNOW that so many boys in Kivuruga are going to be blessed!

  • Steve Fredlund

    Love seeing people of East Central MN using their skills to make the world a better place. You sew it, we’ll bring it, they’ll use it! Thanks to all involved – those included in the story and others whose stories we haven’t even captured.

  • Lindsay

    This is so great! Thank you to all the people who are giving their time and energy and creativity to serving others and the Lord. :)

  • Lindsay

    And especially proud of my Grandma!

  • Donna

    We have a group who would like to sew for the little boys. Is the pattern they used available?