Stephanie Drapeau via Crowdrise
April 15, 2012
ONE WORLD FOUNDATION wrote -
We are helping One World Foundation in its fundraising effort to rebuild the weaving center for Baan Unrak and develop a clothing line for them to sustain a more reliable income. Baan Unrak is a beautiful place in Thailand that brings education, life skills and love to burmese refugee children as well as jobs for their mothers. Baan Unrak means House of Joy... and that is truly what it is. It is a safe haven in a region of Thailand that is vulnerable to sex trafficking and discrimination of refugees. Helping this village is so very near and dear to our hearts, and we wholeheartedly hope that you can assist with even a small donation.
visit www.baanunrak.org to experience the joy of Baan Unrak first hand.
Baan Unrak Weaving Project:
Baan Unrak is a “Children’s Home” located in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, near the border of Myanmar. It was created more than 2 decades ago when Didi Ananda Devamala moved to the region in order to provide assistance to the refugees after a significant episode of civil unrest in Myanmar. One day, 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”. She then later found another child, 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 almost 2 decades, six of these children have now 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 to 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 jobs for mothers, which allows them to remain with their children, thereby protecting the family unit. If we could further develop Baan Unrak’s weaving center, we would achieve two very important goals, first of which is to render Baan Unrak financially independent and second to provide jobs and a bright future to local refugees. In the long haul, this would aid in protecting these families from the current hardships they endure year after year.
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 we have decided to help to make Baan Unrak’s clothing “uniquely special”. In this light, we are developing the Baan Unrak Conscious Collection as a high-end quality clothing line with a fashionable flare and a great story.
To accomplish this, the One World Foundation has begun by organizing a contest in a dozen U.S. fashion schools with the aim of redesigning the traditional Thai Fisherman pants. The outcome of this contest is the SUK Pants, a unique and versatile pair of yoga-style pants that fit a wide range of lifestyles. (picture of pants)
This is the first in a long line of clothing that will comprise the Baan Unrak Conscious Collection. 100% of the profits generated by the sales of SUK Pantsgoes to support Baan Unrak. This is philanthrocapitalism at its best!
To ensure the success and longevity of this clothing line, we need to raise the necessary funding. Currently, the looms at Baan Unrak are in semi-covered area that is open to winds and 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. Funding will also be needed for brand establishment efforts of the Suk Pants as well as the basic costs for materials and manufacturing.
Our project is simple. One World Foundation is seeking $70,000 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. 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.