Imagine living in a refugee camp, where you are literally stuck in a camp, with no tangible perspectives about your future. The economic and employment opportunities are extremely low, especially for women, that providing for yourself and your family is almost impossible without assistance.
WEAVE, the Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment, is a non-profit organization, within Thailand that assists women inrefugee camps at Mae Sot and Mae Sariang. Within these refugee camps, women struggle to provide for their family and have faced human rights abuse by the military dictatorship of Burma. Thus, these inhabitants have an unforeseeable future without the assistance of an organization.
WEAVE focuses on Economic Empowerment and Development programs that provide training to further self-development and generate income needed for health and education for families. WEAVE strives, to cite their website, “to create a world where empowered women and their children are free to exercise their rights and live peacefully in a just, humane and equitable society.”
One World Projects has partnered with the Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment, to support WEAVE and their mission. Together they provide women the possibility for the rights they deserve, and opportunities and encouragement to take on leadership responsibilities and share their crafts.
How can you get involved?
On our website you can find handmade and fair trade imported passport bags made by the women in these refugee camps. By purchasing these items, you are supporting the women who craft these beautiful items and in turn encourage them to take on leadership responsibilities and create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you!