Viviane Fortes works in small rural communities with those women who find themselves in a vulnerable condition.
By identifying their main skills, ske encourages those women to get together to learn from each other - but also to share and to get help from their peers.
While improving their skills in a craftwork, those women get stronger by gaining a sense of community, by valuing their own culture and tradition and by revisiting their own history.
When the group is strong and their skills have been developed, a designer is then invited to work with them in the creation of a collection of craft objects to be sold in design shops in the cities.
Income generation is the main result of this project. But it brings much more: it improves those women self esteem and well being. It strengthens regional culture. It helps preventing rural exodus.
In the Weavers from Tocoios group, 40 women meet daily in their work shed where they weave organic cotton that has been planted, harvested, spinned and dyed naturally in place.
The group travels monthly to sell their products and are starting to receive visitors who come not only to buy their products but also to see them working and singing.
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The actual work of Eurasia started in an informal way in 1992.
Eurasia was born from the encounter of experienced professionals in the fields of special education and social therapy in Switzerland perceiving the suffering of children living with disabilities in Vietnam and urgent needs of their families. The meeting of this challenging reality with those who have a capacity to understand, and a will to act in order to relieve this suffering, built a bridge out of which Eurasia was born. For over two decades this collaboration has brought about many manifestations of social innovation and global care.
In 1998 the Association was formally inaugurated and since then our activities have developed constantly and have grown into a solid network of concrete projects in Vietnam and Europe.
A very dynamic Vietnamese team and the dedicated Board of the Eurasia Foundation and Association have worked together tirelessly in order to respond to the changing needs of the individuals living with disabilities and their families, and also the needs of the professionals who have the integration and wellbeing of these marginalized people at heart. The work of Eurasia is constantly adapting in a very fast-changing society, always facing new challenges and opportunities. Our tasks have also evolved over the years towards a wider ecological awareness and the need to develop social entrepreneurship in order to make the life and work of people with disabilities sustainable. We also decided to bring Social and Emotional Learning to so called « normal children ». All these new developments have the same goal: Integrating individuals with disabilities and other marginalized people more and more and helping them participate actively in societal change.