One of the recycle products
Recycling in Za’atari Camp is recently becoming a popular activity.
JEN has been encouraging the activity which involves making new products out of old clothes, plastic bags, containers and papers.
The purpose of this project is to reduce waste and make refugee women independent by earning revenue through making and selling handmade products.
Recycling is beneficial to everyone. By reusing the goods and modifying it into newly usable ones, the living cost is reduced as buying new things will not be necessary. Also, it becomes a “fun activity” for female house members who can acquire simple skills such as sewing and knitting. The ladies of the group can make beautiful products such as children’s clothes, bags, shoes and house decorating goods.
All of the materials are used clothes that no one wears anymore. Here are some products that we make:
1. Dolls using old socks.
What you need: old socks, needle for sewing, thread, button, cotton, clothes, newspapers, etc.
Put cotton, newspaper and clothes in the socks. Next, sew the socks with needles and threads from the bottom. Finally, attach eyes, nose and mouth using buttons to make the socks look like a doll.
2. Small bags using a pair of jeans
What you need: Old pair of jeans, needle for sewing, thread, button, and scissors.
Cut the jeans into rectangular shape.
Then, sew them using a needle and threads to create a shape like that of a small suitcase. Lastly, decorate the bag with buttons to look beautiful and attractive.
The most difficult part of the activity was that it took time to think what to make because the quality of some materials was really bad. (This problem was solved by producing carpets instead). Also, it requires careful work to create something by recycling.
We will provide new ideas as well as spend more time with the group and encourage them in the future.
They held the bazaar twice. The most recent bazaar was held on May, 2016 and the group sold the recycled goods for reasonable prices and gave an opportunity for refugee women to gather safely.
The members of the group had an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process in terms of what to make or what to sell. They also collaborated with each other during the bazaar and talked to the customers effectively.
Remaking the doll
Remaking the bag
The members of the group