Za'atari action on the ground
Since Helen's first visit to the Za'atari Refugee Camp in 2016 a programme of cross disciplinary educational, cultural and business projects have been co created with the refugees. In an age of reciprocity, these projects are as much about what refugees have to teach us as they are about us sharing knowledge.
Who: Helen Storey, UNHCR, Oxfam, NRS international, IRD, TIGER Girls (These inspiring girls enjoy reading - 25 out of 1200), Jax Black (London College of Fashion technician), Saida Bruce (LCF International Team) & Deepa Patel.
Why: The girls love of fashion, their wish for making skills, wish to be able to gift to others & fear of the winter.
What: Day 1 included a workshop exploring the girls own imaginations and sense of self. On Day 2 the girls cut the basic shape of a coat and then using second hand clothes, gifted by Oxfam, and trimmings, gifted by The Cloth House and Barnet Lawson, decorated their coats based on day 1’s exploration.
NRS International gifted the thermal fleece to make the coats.
Aim: Learning new skills through team work and then sharing them with others, to promote a culture of upcycling, develop creativity and imagination, to build stronger connections to the girls peers and give back to the community through the process of gifting the coats.
Who: Helen Storey, Elizabeth Mclafferty (LCF), Lucy Wearing (Make Up Artist), a targeted group of women who have identified beauty as an area of interest and would like to set up enterprises.
Why: To educate, develop skills, support development of enterprises.
What: The team delivered a University of the Arts London accredited short course in beauty to 40 women (gifted by LCF Head of Collage Prof. Frances Corner). The participates received certificates and each received a make up kit created from gifted make up supplies, gathered during a UK make up amnesty, which raised £35,000 worth of product.
Aim: Empowerment/re-building personal confidence, new skills, development of new enterprises.
SOap & perfume makers
Who: Helen Storey, select group of women at camp (already making), Givaudan - Paris.
Why: Helen has established on a visit a group of woman already making soap and perfume but are using very basic equipment and are not successfully removing toxins.
What: Helen met with Givaudan who have agreed to gift items and work with the women, setting up a dedicated team to support the refugees. September 2017's trip will see an initial workshop delivered to the woman by Givaudan.
Aim: To educate, provide better equipment, exploring the model to set up enterprises set up with commercial opportunities (other partners Oxfam, UNHCR, IRD and Unilever).
ma fashion futures project
Who: Helen Storey, MA Fashion Futures students.
Why: A challenge back to students to respond to the real needs, both practical and social within the camp.
What: MA students were invited to design spaces for the camp community. A number of ideas chimed with intended camp projects, Helen Storey, together with a team from Sheffield University (Science and Engineering), will try and realize some of the students ideas in real time and space. The ideas which lend themselves well to the development of informal community spaces, using the sun and wind to power utilities and create textile escapes for shade, as well as spaces for contemplation, play and conversation.
Aim: to respond to the real needs of refugees in a live camp situation.