Alejandra is from Guatemala and practices the Christian faith. When she came into the Fashion & Compassion Artisan program, she had met very few people outside of her faith and culture and had never before met anyone from the Muslim faith. So, when she met another one of our Artisans, Fatima, a practicing Muslim from Afghanistan through our program, she was skeptical.
Two months into project, Alejandra’s mother passed away. It was Fatima who came to sit with Alejandra in her grief, her arms extended around Alejandra in an embrace of compassion and understanding. Fatima too had experienced loss of her own. She knew the pain and heartache that comes from being thousands of miles away from her own family and home country. Now they not only understand one another, they have a bond that surpasses their differences. They are united.
There is such power in coming together, learning together, and building community. That’s what God does at Fashion & Compassion.
When we come together around the table, whether through the simplicity of stringing beads, sharing a meal, or talking through our sufferings, we heal. We grow. And we change. Through open eyes, we start to see and realize that people of different backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities can still be our sisters and family.
There is power and healing around the table that extends beyond the simple strand of a bead. When we extend a seat at the table, an invitation, we’re given room for God to open our hearts and minds to others. We’re so thankful for Alejandra, Fatima, and all of our beloved Artisans!
"When women from all around the world come together, and we gather around the table, it's like a global offering."- Fatima, Fashion & Compassion Artisan
~ Emily and Beth
*Please note that names and biographical descriptions may have been altered to protect the vulnerable backgrounds of Artisans