WORN for Peace helps refugee women resettle

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by SHANNON POWELL AND PAIGE SMITH

WFAA

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 12:24 PM

Refugees flee to this country to escape the danger and poverty they face at home. 

However, once in the States, many women struggle trying to navigate a new environment with limited education and trade skills.

Meredith Schaefer and Moo Dah Htoo stopped by GMT to talk about WORN for Peace.

The mission of WORN is to provide refugee women living in the United States the opportunity to utilize the traditional skill of knitting to increase their families household income. 

The group brings together refugee women who create colorful, hand-knitted scarves and have resettled in Fort Worth, TX. The are assisted by through Catholic Charities Fort Worth and other local refugee resettlement agencies. 

Because the women can work from home, they are able to overcome significant barriers to employment including language, transportation, and child care. 

All of the proceeds go directly to the refugee women.

E-mail spowell@wfaa.com

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