Vendor Spotlight: wearareone:collective
weareone: collective is a network of change makers who collaborate, innovate and share skills and resources to enable social change. Aimed at addressing social injustice, the collective focuses on bringing together individuals, groups and organisations from humanitarian, business and creative sectors, to collaborate on developing innovative programs which facilitate skill sharing opportunities.
Founded by Saleh Rifaie and Pru Waldorf in 2016 following a year of intensive volunteering on the ground in Greece working with refugee communities, the ethos behind the group is to give agency, not aid. It was conceived to address the lack of enrichment activities and self-development orientated projects provided for people who are refugees.
weareone:collective facilitates participatory enrichment projects with marginalised communities which have a real and a lasting impact and allows them the opportunity for agency and self-development , rather than keeping them dependant on handouts.
The Drop Earrings Not Bombs project is one such project. The aim of this project is to create a space for colour therapy, community building, and artistic expression. Each pair of these handmade DROP earrings is a unique display of creativity and design, a story told through the eyes of a person who has been through more than anyone in life should experience. All those taking part are refugees for various reasons including war and political turmoil.
100% of the proceeds from the Drop Earrings Not Bombs project goes back into Small Projects Istanbul, a community space and program which provides the refugee community with access to supplemental education and programs that assist students and families from Syria succeed in Turkey and beyond, paving the way for better futures.