Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) April 04, 2014
The Freedom Factory Foundation has brought together the community of Surrey, BC, to fill containers with clothing, food and medical supplies. Once filled, these containers will be shipped to Bangladesh for processing in socially responsible factories and the finished product will be donated to Syrian refugee camps.
The Freedom Factory ensures that the companies they work with in Bangladesh pay fair wages, maintain respect for workers, and create value within the community. “We believe in generating value for human beings by developing value generating networks, all the way from the manufacturing to the point of sale,” says Faizel Kathrada, founder and executive director of the Freedom Factory Foundation.
The foundation works with the Al-Ishan Women’s Social Development Centre, in association with Human Concern International to support women and girls in Bangladesh by providing room and board, education, and on the job training.
“In our ongoing commitment to creating capacity within these communities we saw firsthand that the Syrian refugees were in a perilous situation. We put our plan into action by sending garments, medicine and food. Each container will clothe 10,000 people: a small portion of the 6 million displaced which includes 2.5 million refugees, most of whom are children.”
Currently, the Foundation is running an Indiegogo Campaign to encourage others to contribute in a way never done before. Donations will be used for food, medical supplies, and garment manufacturing while at the same time supporting the female population of Bangladesh.
The first Freedom Factory started in the fall of 2013. The Al-Ihsan Women’s Development Centre was moved to a new building while the original building now houses sewing machines and equipment owned by the local women-- tools that will allow them to start their own businesses. The Foundation is also creating an ecommerce platform to sell their products and keep the profits in the community.
“With the solidarity of those who care for others, we hope to change the way the world does business with countries like Bangladesh, and at the same time support others in need.”
To learn more or support the campaign, go to: http://igg.me/at/FromSurreytoSyria