It's June 20th! Did you know it's World Refugee Day? Today, we celebrate the strength, bravery, and resilience of the 65.6 million refugees displaced worldwide: These men, women, and children who leave their homes and build themselves up again in a new land and culture. Check out how refugees from Burkina Faso, Syria, and the Thai-Burmese border are creating beautiful handmade products in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.
Design for Peace
The Design for Peace project, led by Afrika Tiss and supported by UNHCR, provides income to Malian artisans living as refugees in neighboring Burkina Faso. UNHCR provides local artisans and refugees an opportunity to collaborate with Parisian designers and through this program, 200 refugee artisans can learn, design, share and experiment with techniques to develop a collection, inspired by their world and stories. The collaboration aims to employ and train artisans, allowing them to be self-reliant, build workshops and secure entry to international markets.
Design for Peace makes beautiful jewelry and leather products. Check them out below!
Salaheddin is dedicated to protecting vulnerable crafts and livelihoods by expanding market access for Syrian artisans who often give up their artisan activities for having no market to sell their products to. The organization supports families fleeing war by aiding with resettlement and relocation in Turkey and France. They plan to build a furnace in Brittany to create work opportunities such as glassmaking to support refugees.
Shop Salaheddin glasses and support Syrian refugees!
Borderline is a fair trade collective that includes over a dozen women’s artisan member groups. Based in Mae Sot along the Thailand-Burma border, where thousands of Burmese refugees have sought safety from military and ethnic violence over the years, Borderline provides a secure space where artisans can market their products. Borderline works toward the ultimate goal of finding safe job opportunities for refugee women so that they may gain economic independence and improve their standards of living.
Shop journals and tote bags to support Borderline!