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Putting Smiles on Faces for Christmas! Fashion Designer, Ayo Van Elmar Clothes Children with the “Sunshine Project”




Yesterday, BN ran a feature on giving back and we decided to shed a little light on Nigerians who are doing things in their little enclave. We are very excited to showcase the work of the Sunshine Project, the pet project of Ayo Van Elmar.
Ayo Van Elmar is a fashion designer based in Vienna, Austria. The “Sunshine Project” is an initiative aimed at putting smiles on the faces of children whose parents are truly unable to provide clothes and shoes for them. For Ayo, Christmas is one time of the year when it’s really all about giving but amidst all that bounty and abundance, there are loads of children who have nothing.

In December 2012, she was in Lagos as a fashion/styling consultant for the Nigeria’s Got Talent reality show. She was inspired to begin to use the leftover 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.

The Sunshine Project team visited Ebenezer Public Primary School, Egbeda, Lagos where they delivered the first set of new clothes on the 7th of December 2012. It was really heart warming to see someone making a difference, stepping out of their comfort zone to do something really nice for little children who don’t have.

The team plans to visit some more schools in Lagos and we’re really excited about this and we hope more people will be inspired by this to do more and to reach more people.

Watch the video of the Sunshine Project team working on making the children smile – Video – Part 1

The Sunshine Project Video – Part 2


  1. Tess

    January 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Awwwww very kind of her. May she be duly rewarded.

  2. AWEsome

    January 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    God bless her! amen

  3. olufunmi

    January 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    God bless u Ayo 🙂

  4. Amabel

    January 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    that is very nice and thoughtful of you Ayo, God bless you. Cheers

  5. Ayo Elizabeth

    January 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Many thanks to Bella Naija and to Korede! We dressed up 83 kids, thanks to all the donors of tangible and intangible support. God bless you loads. Was an experience! Someday, Ayo van Elmar will celebrate dressing up a million kids across Africa and Bellanaija will be there! That’s a dream to come true soon.

    • Mariaah

      January 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      OMG!!! You did the best thing!!! Some people wouldn’t have thought of it but you put your God given talent and creativity to good use.. God bless you Ayo!! I here in my office feeling cold with goose-bumps and hot teaqrs in my eyes.. 🙂

    • Tola

      February 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Wowwww, truly inspiring. Well done! God bless you real good.

  6. Hammed

    January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    hmmmmmmm….Awesome all the way…you are destined for greatness

  7. Helen

    January 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Ayo, this is only the beginning….Great job

  8. olamide

    January 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    God will continue to bless the work of your hand.


    January 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    WOW! This is just amazing. I always love seeing people give back in different ways. God bless you Ayo!!!

  10. ayomidamope

    January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    God bless you…You are blessed

  11. pynk

    January 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    People like Ayo make me continue to believe that our generation isnt completely lost. We should all continue to do our part, no matter how small.

  12. W

    January 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm


  13. Non professional opinion

    January 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Wonderful initiative. All your endevours will be blessed.

  14. Deee

    January 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    God bless her, so inspiring.

  15. ty

    January 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Motunrayo darling… good to see u doing great things. Keep the fire burning!!!

  16. Amanda

    January 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    thats inspiring. God bless her

  17. Miss K

    January 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Oh my, watching this brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for remembering these wonderful little ones Ayo. You’re making an impact with what you have and this is such an inspiration. May God continue to prosper the works of your hands.

  18. fashionandstylepolice

    January 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Good work. May God bless you.

  19. Winny

    January 18, 2013 at 12:38 am


  20. faith

    January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Wow see d children sitting on d floor cos no desk nor chair….n.a. was o…God bless you Ayo

  21. Anne Vincent

    January 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    So inspiring sounds like the Ayo i know always so giving and selfless. God enlarge your territory.

  22. Webbing

    January 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, so inspiring!

  23. Baba Olowo

    January 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    God bless you real good!

  24. mk

    January 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This is truly amazing! well done Ayo. Many times we see christmas as a time to head home and have a good time with our friends and family and we forget that there are those who are in need of one little thing or the other that could make their christmas a little more special. This has really encouraged me to do something when next im home for the holidays and to put a smile on someone’s face 🙂

  25. Ema

    January 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    God bless you Ayo and may he provide you with more blessings for been a blessing to others

  26. nyenwe 'xuzia' sam-woruka

    January 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Thank you Ayo for being a part of the Solution and not the problem! This is indeed a true show of Love! I am so inspired!!! God bless you!

  27. jyde

    January 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Well done my dear.
    Everyones comments speak volumes.
    Your heart is def in the right place.
    Godbless you.

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