Sharing Your Stories: Refugee Artisan Initiative

In light of the recent pandemic, we look forward to sharing positive stories about how our clients and community members are responding. We know this is a challenging time for many, and we are here to support you. We hope that by sharing these very brief stories, others will feel they are not alone. We encourage everyone to lift up one another and share their stories.

Ming-Ming Tung Edelman, Founder & President of Refugee Artisan Initiative
Ming-Ming Tung Edelman, Founder & President of Refugee Artisan Initiative

Refugee Artisan Initiative‘s mission is to transform the lives of refugee and immigrant women by providing sustainable work in sewing and handcrafting products. Amid COVID-19 they’ve had to pivot from making home and kitchen sewn goods like napkins and potholders to making PPE for our health care workers.

“We’re learning through these challenges that we can think outside the box and have a positive pivot from making home and kitchen sewn goods like napkins and potholders to making PPE that’s in demand and save lives. Our artisans can use their sewing skills toward a useful purpose instead of the possibility of unemployment. 

To members of the nonprofit community, you can transform your organization at a time of crisis while keeping the mission of the organization. I was able to do so by having a GoFundMe page highlighting how our refugee and immigrant artisans can use their sewings skills to make gear against COVID-19. It must strike a chord with many as we have raised close to $20,000 in less than two weeks.”

-Ming-Ming Tung Edelman, Founder & President of Refugee Artisan Initiative 

To learn more about the Refugee Artisan Initiative and how you can help achieve their goal of raising funds to make 10,000 face shields to protect our health care workers: https://refugeesarts.org/

We would love to hear how your organization has been adapting to provide services to your clients and how we can support you during this time. Please reach out to us at [email protected].


ByThe Ostara Group