One Road to Empowerment
Women across the world have fought to attain equality, in almost every aspect of society, with their male counterparts. Imagine how very difficult the situation is when you are a woman living in a refugee camp, equality isn’t even on your mind, instead it is survival. How is it possible to pull oneself out of living in a refugee tent with limited food? There are no prospects for employment to help earn a living and provide for your children and yourself.
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation established a sewing initiative that is located within refugee camps to address just this type of situation. A way to help women establish useful skills. Empowering women to work toward better lives, to help ease their struggle, to develop leadership skills, to overcome barriers to education and to access better opportunities. Yes, a sewing class with fabric and sewing machines provided through donations and training provided through volunteers of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation.
On 7 August 2018 Bring Hope was at the Debaga Refugee Camp. Set on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, this camp is overflowing with Iraqi’s who have fled villages on the outskirts of Mosul which were controlled by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. These women are in terrible shape, the conditions they endure extremely difficult by anyone’s standards. Sewing gives them a reason to leave their tents and helps them feel productive. 60 women learned and continue to practice their sewing skills through this program coordinated by Bring Hope and Barzani Charity Foundation. Asma is a 36-year-old woman and participant of the sewing initiative. She explained to a Bring Hope volunteer, “I love the sewing course, it gave me an opportunity so I can easily fix my children’s torn clothes.” Volunteers who sew are always needed as are new and gently used sewing machines and fabric, to help see bringhope.info.