A story of HOPE
A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT
The Chin refugee community, with a population of approximately 49,000, is one of the largest groups of refugees currently living in Malaysia. Fleeing persecution in their home country of Myanmar, the Chin refugees found their way to Malaysia (the majority of them living in the Klang Valley region). However, Malaysia not being a party to the UN 1951 Refugee Convention does not have any legislative or administrative framework for managing asylum seekers and refugees. As such, the Chin refugees in Malaysia lack access to legal employment and the children are excluded from public schools or any form of formal education.
The simple goal of the Lametna Project is to improve the lives of the Chin refugees here in the Klang Valley. All our products are lovingly handmade by the Chin women artisans and the majority of the profits from the sales of these products will go back into the hands of these amazing artisans. The rest of the profits will then go to fund the education and welfare of the Chin children. We believe that the best way of breaking the cycle of poverty that the Chin community has been suffering for so long is to provide the Chin women with a sustainable and stable income and the children with quality education. Countless studies have shown that there is a clear correlation between the empowerment of women and significant improvements in health and education of a community.
Together we can help the Chin refugees build a better future for their community.
Oh, in case you're wondering, LAMETNA is a Tedim Chin word for 'Hope'.