34% Raised of $68,500 Goal
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Through a set of life circumstances, I discovered Baan Unrak in the fall of 2010. Baan Unrak is a “Children’s Home” located in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, near the border of Myanmar. Baan Unrak was created more than 2 decades ago when Didi Ananda Devamala (Donata Dolci), moved to the region in order to provide assistance to the refugees after a significant episode of civil unrest in Myanmar. The story is reminiscent of that of Mother Teresa, as she was providing health care, food and support to refugees.
The story began when Didi found an abandoned child in the jungle. She thought to herself, “If I can take care of myself, I can certainly share my resources and take care of a child,” so she adopted the child. She later found another one, and another, and soon mothers in despair began bringing their children to her… and in this fashion, Didi literally became the mother of more than 100 children.
Today, Baan Unrak provides shelter, food, education and boundless love to nearly 150 children. After nearly 2 decades, 6 of these children have attended the University in Bangkok. Currently, a dozen teenagers are being home schooled while the rest are attending the local elementary school created and managed by Baan Unrak. The little ones, being still too young for school, stay at Baan Unrak with the mothers and staff. In a region of immense risk for human trafficking and abuse of all kinds, Baan Unrak is truly a haven of safety, peace, love and education for these children.
Since the beginning, funding has been the constant challenge for Baan Unrak to get by, let alone flourish. The main source of income at Baan Unrak is donations and virtually every month, their needs exceed their means. Baan Unrak has a weaving center that generates about 15% of its overall financial need. Aside from the income it generates, the weaving center provides job for mothers, which allows them to stay with their children and have a decent life, thereby protecting the family unit. If we could develop Baan Unrak’s weaving center, we could achieve two very important goals: rendering Baan Unrak financially independent and giving jobs and a future to local refugees, which in turn would protect these families.
Solution: the Weaving Project
The solution to render Baan Unrak financially independent is to develop its weaving center. There are many inexpensive Asian yoga pants and shirts on the marketplace, so something needs to be done to make Baan Unrak’s clothing “uniquely special”. The Baan Unrak Conscious Collectionwill be developed as a high-end quality clothing line with flare and a great story.
Our strategy: One World Foundation is organizing a fashion contest in a dozen fashion schools with the aim of redesigning the traditional Thai Fisherman pants. The winner will get a prize and will have the pleasure of visiting Baan Unrak and training the women on their new design. The basic financial needs to get the project going will pay for the prizes and acquisition of the raw manufacturing materials for inventory. The project can get off the ground for $10,000.
Currently, however, the looms at Baan Unrak are in a covered area, open to the wind, with looms that are at times exposed to the rain. In order to prepare for sustained production schedules, it is essential to repair the looms and construct a covered area that houses the looms, raw material and sewing machines. Having everything under one roof will facilitate the coordination of the work and promote the long-term success of the project. The construction of the building and the repair of the loom is estimated at $58,500.
Our project is simple. One World Foundation needs $68,500 to help Baan Unrak reach financial independence and provide jobs to local women, which in turn will help provide a brilliant future to children already so rich in their hearts. But we are fully committed to this project, so no matter what amount of money we raise, we will see to it that this project is successful so that Baan Unrak can become financially independent.
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