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Refugee woman making handbags

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Refugee woman making handbags

As you might have noticed, things got a little quiet around here, in the last weeks. Sometimes this can’t be avoided, for good stories hardly grow on a big story-tree, making patience and a keen eye your prime virtues. Timing is essential, too. This article bears witness to that. I am writing about a workshop of refugee woman making handbags. I had heard about the initiative last year, already. But only now did I get in contact with the group and the association “ZusammenWachsen e.V.“

Since August 2016, a couple of refugee women met weekly for three months, working with leather. What started with a donation of 1.120 Euro and 12 women who came from Syria with totally different backgrounds, ended up as a set group of 7.

„Our aim is to bring refugee women together and give them a chance to discover their abilities and new interests“, says the founder of the workshop, Mayyada Massoud.

Workshop Founder Mayyada Massoud_Refugee Women making Handbags

Out of used leather jackets and skirts from flea markets they create useful art pieces like bags and small leather goods.

Furthermore, the initiative aims to empower refugee women who by making handbags with their own hands, strengthens their beliefs in themselves and their embracing of their personal rights. It wants to support the women to exchange their stories and help them to find a new life perspective in Germany.

Stiching Handwork: Refugee Woman making handbags

The 3 months-workshop continues this summer, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th July 2017.

„ZusammenWachsen e.V.“ was founded with the goal to bring people of different backgrounds, generations, and lifestyles together. The association aims to provide opportunities and spaces for intercultural exchange and social participation.

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If you want to know more about that wonderful initiative and where the workshop takes place, have a look at their Facebookpage.

For donations like leather, tools, machines, as well as money, please feel free to contact Mayyada Massoud at: zusammenwachsen.vorstand@gmail.com.

 

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