Empowering

We aim to support some admirable cause by combining industrial makings and local artisanships for specific pieces of our products or dedicated lines Using our activity as a vehicle of social good leads us to become an active and long run player of responsible and sustainable development for communities we are working with. ValentinProject will be involved as a relay of some amazing initiatives.

We wish our collection and future ones to be an “every day” good piece and express something meaningful.
ValentinProject ’s signature popped into our minds while visiting the province of Xieng khouang a year ago. We have been touched by its story:
Laos is the most bombarded country in the world with more than two million tons of unexploded ordnance plunged on it during the Vietnam War, up to 30% of which failed to explode on impact.
More than 50,000 people have been killed and injured as a result of UXO incidents between 1964 and 2011. At least of 20,000 of them since the war ended.
In many villages gathering metal restored from either Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) or the containers that enclose it, has been a significant source of income for them and one of the main causes of UXO accidents since the war ended.
In the secluded village of Ban Naphia in highland Xieng Khouang Province, metalworkers cast spoons and bracelets made from recycled aluminium sourced from Vietnam War debris and melted in an terracotta stove.
In the 70’s few artisan families started metamorphosing war debris into spoons. 
Supported by a Swiss NGO, the project works to make the debris metal supply chain more secure for craftsmen and debris collectors by cooperating with organizations such as Mines Advisory Group (MAG) that focus on unexploded ordnance eradication and learning.
(Source: Mines Advisory Group Centre,  Phonsavan – Laos )
Moved by what we have seen, it automatically jumped into our minds that somehow, ValentinProject would be involved as a relay of this initiative. 
When we started designing our collection, it was obvious that we wished to make one detail of our shirts crafted by the local Lao artisans: we are working with them to make our shirts last button by recycling unexploded bombshells' debris. 

Little steps, big impact ...
ValentinProject aim to support these villagers to fight poverty by generating work. Mine clearance of the area is increasing amount of safe land for agriculture.
This enables farmers to grow sufficient food or even produce surplus for sale.

 

 

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