Wherever she goes, Kalsoom cultivates the ground for growth and change. Amidst hopelessness she has created an opportunity for women to come together and regain their strength.
Hi my lovely friends,
There are different community organisations here in Indonesia that focus on refugee children and education; that's why I began The Refugee Women Support Group Indonesia. Our aim is to provide education and skills to empower the women.
We make these handicraft to empower the women. I created this group as refugee women face a lot of problems. This group allows us to share our problems and make new friends.
There are 20 women who are students in our handicraft classes. Our teacher is also a refugee and from our community. He voluntarily teaches the group. We have two classes for sewing and each class consist of 10 students. Classes run from 3pm to 6pm.
Here in Cisarua, refugee women come from different countries and different ethnicities. Through this group, they have become friends with each other and through these classes women become aware about our different cultures. When they come to class they forget their problems. They relax and they laugh which gives me inner satisfaction.
Before this, we sold these pants at different stalls in Jakarta. Now we are selling the pants in Australia. The pants are made by refugee women and the money goes to the woman who made the pants. The reason is to empower the women and the women have the right to spend that money on what they need to.
My intention is for people to know about refugee women in Indonesia and that they suffer from stress, financial problems and health problems. If they have opportunity they can prove their selves. They need your attention and support.
I provide English, Bahasa and music classes for women and children. Alongside that we are conducting health and hygiene workshops for refugee women and currently I'm also working on domestic violence.
Thankyou for buying our pants. It's not just that we are selling and you buying our handicraft. It's your love and support towards refugees. It means you feel our pain and our problem. It gives us a purpose.
Kalsoom Jaffari (Founder of Refugee Women Support Group Indonesia)