This month we’re raising money for Refugee Support (read more about our fundraiser in our previous post), and I want to share with you one of the charity’s most recent projects that is particularly close to my heart (and I’m sure yours too).
The sewing room at Refugee Support’s Dignity Centre Nicosia, Cyprus, opened just a couple of months ago. With the expert help of master tailor Thierno Ba, people using the centre have an opportunity to be more self-sufficient. Here they can learn basic mending and making of their clothes, through to earning money for goods they make.
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This is Thierno Ba a Master Tailor. Thierno is a very important part of the sewing room at Dignity Centre Nicosia. He happily helps others and passes on his skills. The sewing room started as a place for people to simply do some mending and making of clothes. It has now become a hive of activity giving people a chance to become more independent by making items that we will sell online soon. The first batch was sent to Chicago where they are proving to be very popular and has resulted in people earning some money for their hard work.
Not only does the sewing room offer new skills and a potential source of income, but also a sense of normality. It’s a creative, relaxed and social space. It’s just one of many ways that Refugee Support offers aid with dignity.
There are around 15,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers and estimated 5,000 more undocumented in the small island nation of Cyprus alone, many of whom struggle to survive. While our eyes turn to the harrowing reports from the US border, it’s easy to forget the scale of the humanitarian crisis right here in Europe.
You can help! Donate to Refugee Support directly using the link to our Facebook fundraiser below, or through any purchase of our Favourite Sock Minis yarn (we donating £1 for every mini-skein sold).
Every small donation counts and goes directly to refugees.