i find this project very interesting and exciting. i am interested
in starting a similar project in india. however, i am interested in
doing it without any evangelism or religious basis, as i prefer to
leave religion in other countries alone...have nay of you seen the
movie "born into brothels"? it is about a woman who did a similar
thing in calcutta, only with photography. it is a fabulous movie, i
highly reccomend it.
i am interested in figuring out a way to SUSTAINABLY teach lower
caste street sweepers in india basic skills so that they in turn can
find a new trade for themselves by selling their jewelry in the
sreet bazaars or other supporting stores. this is still only my
idea...and possibly my future diversion from the art/ limited
production jewelry world in which i currently reside. something i
might do that could be fully staisfying to me in the sense that i
could be giving back to the world or to people i need, while still
being involved in the trade that i love.
i hope to go to india in january and learn more about the jewelry
world there, as i am really concerned about the sustainability of my
idea. getting something together on the grassroots scale seems
fairly do-able to me. but what happens when i leave? how do i plan
for the future for such an idea, meaning, how would these women
continue to buy materials, tools, etc when no one will even barely
speak with them, much less take them seriously and give them
respect? would i have to become a fundraiser instead of a teacher?
(i am much more of a hands-on teacher type, not a fundraising type.)
are there currently any organizations already set up that might have
room for this kind of education if i were to provide it at no cost?
i have so many questions about how people get things like this
started....and i am excited to hear about this organization in
thailand. perhaps i can ask them!
so thanks for posting! perhaps (hopefully) in a few years you will
be hearing from me as well, asking for your support. (i bet you are
excited ot hear THAT!)