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Help create a self-sustaining Space2B
Would you like to be part of the creation of a self-sustaining charity?
Leaving your home of many years is scary. Moving to a new country with the hope of a better life is scary too, but it's a different kind of fear. How will you fit in? What are you going to do once you get there? How are the locals going to treat you? That's where organisations such as Space2B come in.
Space2B is a local organisation based in St Kilda, Victoria, that provides an active solution for refugees. Not only do they equip immigrants with the skills needed to support themselves, they take the skills already possessed by the individual and support them to hone it to Australian tastes. This includes fashion and craft design amongst other things. Of course, it also gives new migrants a chance to practice their English skills with both native English speakers and other immigrants.
Many charities rely on donations from the public in order to operate but Janine Lawrie and Mariam Issa, the brains behind the development of Space2B, believe that this charity can be self-sufficient with migrants working for themselves to create income.
Recently, Space2B obtained a permanent space in Chapel Street St Kilda with enough space to display the amazing wares created by refugees and also space for a cafe. In order to be self-sufficient, they need an initial funding boost and have started a crowdfunding campaign on Chuffed.Org. However, with only two weeks to go from the end of the campaign, they're way off their hoped-for $50k to build the cafe.
If you're like me and think building self-sustained charities is a great idea, take a look at their campaign athttps://chuffed.org/project/buildourspace2b and if you're in the St Kilda area, you can visit Space2B at 144 Chapel Street St Kilda. Check out some fantastic clothing designs. And in the future, you can have a coffee and know that your dollars supported and created a job for someone.