The sewing and crafts circle is a program designed to help refugees
build skills in class and develop a trade that can help them in daily life. Classes provide opportunities for refugees to use skills
from their native country to create items to be sold for revenue and
for use in their home. Seventy percent of the profit made from selling refugee-made products goes directly back to the refugee crafter.
The remaining percentage is used to ensure that our programs are
running smoothly and effectively.
This program offers a wonderful opportunity for refugees to interact
with Tucson locals and instigates the experience of how Tucson society
differs from that of their homeland. These interactions help build up
their self confidence which leads to English language learning and the
understanding of cultural differences. Through experiencing and
learning in our culture, refugees take one step closer to being self sufficient and independent.
Iskashitaa crafters and volunteers with the craft program are from all walks of life. Refugee crafters are from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Volunteers with the craft program are from all age, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds.
Who teaches our classes?
Our volunteers, interns, and refugees teach our classes but we are always looking for more help! Do you know how to sew, quilt, bead, crochet, or knit? Do you have patience and a few regular hours a week to teach? Don't worry! We will organize the class and bring the supplies. You just bring the knowledge! You will never find more eager and loving students than in an Iskashitaa classroom! Please contact us right away to get your class started!
Donations come from many individuals and organizations who share our passion of giving back and helping refugees in Tucson. Contact us to find out how to donate.