Recognizing the need for returning distressed migrant women from Japan to have some form of assistance and livelihood in the Philippines to support their children, many of whom are Japanese-Filipino children (JFC), the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) was formed on February 6, 1996.
DAWN aims to help these families integrate with the larger Philippine society as well as provide these women with livelihood in the Philippines, instead of them opting for migration or leaving their families as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Aside from providing social services, DAWN trains these women in various livelihood opportunities. One of their projects is to make bags, organizers, coasters, and various items to sell. What makes these items unique from other similar projects is the materials are made from scratch at DAWN.
Check out the woven cloths and products in these photos:
Aside from these beautiful woven items, the center also offers bags with quilt designs, many of which incorporate wood into the handle for a unique look. The bags look awesome – I would surely love to buy one!
It is great that this non-profit organization is helping these women get back on their feet and strengthen their sense of dignity and self-worth.