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Jul 19, 2016

I could, I can and I will be able to !

The girls jewelry for sale !
The girls jewelry for sale !

Dear all, 

As project coordinator I have recently come back from a visit to Bolivia. I have to say, the girls took my breath away ! Not only have they learnt new skills in jewelry making and sewing, but they have gained massive confidence in themsleves and the future. 

Many of these girls were not long ago caught up in prosititution networks or sexual abuse cases, and today thanks to you, they are empowering themselves for a better future ! 

When I arrived at the two centres where our project is now operating and asked the girls what they have learnt over the last few months they proudly said : " I thought I couldn't, but I could, I can and I will be able to"... they are right, the hardest part is behind them and now they are gaining the tools to build a brighter future for themselves.

Attached you will find a few photos of their wonderful work and progress. But first, I'd like to translate a few of the things the girls have said to their psychologists at the centre (for legal reasons we cannot reveal their real names) : 

M. said "When I used to live with my mummy she used to sew, I grew up between the machines, I had an idea how to use them but not very well, now I can sew and I think my mummy will be proud of me when she sees what I can do". 

After a workshop on self confidence R said "everyday I reread the sentences I wrote in my self confidence classes and then I believe in myself again, I believe I can be who I want to be". 

Hard a work with out volunteers !
Hard a work with out volunteers !
Sewing away !
Sewing away !

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May 27, 2016

Incredible involvment of our youngsters!

Syrian conflict and French radicalisation
Syrian conflict and French radicalisation

"Four type of activities were lead so far :

A tour of five distressed neighborhoods : In each of them, three afternoons have been dedicated to the fight of online hate speeches, extremism and radicalisations. The participant were mainly young people with less opportunities that live in those disadvantaged areas. Theoretical explanations and educational activities have raised awareness among them and encouraged them to take action : "Draw me a Human right" "The Syrian war and French extremisms : what is happening?" "Refugees crisis and Islamophobia", "Media, be the medium", "information and hoax: how to tell?"

It was heartwarming to realise the dynamism and the will to express and exchange opinions and points of view and also the will to disseminate a message of love and understanding.

The second activity was the living library, where youngsters were books with different identities (migrants, citizen of a "dangerous neighbourhood", muslim, roma, etc.). The first one was during the International solidarity week (21st of November of 2015) and the second one was during the European month (19th of May of 2016). This activity helped the young people improving their knowledge, acquiring new tools and to open their minds by talking with strangers about their past and present and get to know theirs.

The movement that developed throughout our activites was more about multiplying stories and realising all together that there is no homogeneous groups of people but individuals with different lives, different stories to tell and that everyone can always teach you something. By fighting stereotypes and discrimination, we can make friends everywhere.

We developed skills and we know more about the actions we can lead to fight against hatred and ignorance. We learned how to distinguish a hate speech from freedom of speech and how to defend ourselves against those attacks.

We are working on an e-book of recommandations to the the town and the region to help reduce violent speeches and all kind of discriminations!

Develop your critical thinking and spread love!

With Housseim, Ossama, Laure, Lucia, Karla, Amine, Franck, Thomas, Andréa, Sarah and so many more webtrotters to come!"

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Knowing the goal of our project : making young people express themselves and disseminate positive infos about them and their neighbourhood, you won't be surprised that this report was written by Selma, one of the webtrotters of the e-citizenship Fabric. :)

Workshop : Sexist Hate speech!
Workshop : Sexist Hate speech!
Workshop: Take actions !
Workshop: Take actions !

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Apr 13, 2016

Star Fashion by Little Stars !

Logo designs
Logo designs

                                                                      STAR FASHION

 

The girls at the orphange have decided to call their brand "Star Fashion" because their products are, as they say themselves "created by little stars"and we completely agree... they are definitely strong stars that brighten up our lives, day after day! 

We are proud to show you the photos of their logo designs. They will select one of their designs to be digitalized by an expert and then used on all their clothes and jewelery designs. The girls have defintely got the idea of branding and they will most probably be targeting teenagers like themselves and young adults ! Take a look at the results of their first jewellery items too... so far so good ! We shall keep you posted on their progress ! 

 

 

 

*We are very sorry we can not post photos of the girls faces in order to protect the girls' identities. 

jewellery making
jewellery making
 
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