The Rafedìn project was born in March 2016 with the aim of helping Iraqi women and their families who have fled ISIS and who have sought refuge in Amman. The intent of the project is to provide professional training to Iraqi women thanks to some seamstresses and fashion designers from Italy who taught the girls how to design the first models.
In May 2017, Rafedìn received the support of the Italian Bishop Conference (CEI) who gave a boost to the project, through the 8xMille funds, giving it the opportunity to grow and invest more resources in professional training and in the purchase of new machines to sew. Since November 2019, the project has involved 28 girls thanks to the contribution and support of the French Embassy and Unicef Jordan.
Rafedìn products are a combination of Italian design and local fabrics, reflecting the strong bond that unites the East and the West. The workshop uses high quality raw materials such as printed silk fabrics from Italy and keffiyeh from Palestinian Territories.
In light of the difficulties faced by Iraqi refugees in Amman, especially those faced by women who are often the most vulnerable group, HAVA tries to create a safe space where they can socialize and acquire technical skills.
The project has achieved and is continuing to achieve the objectives it had set itself by giving the opportunity to many girls to acquire excellent skills that may be necessary for their future in order to improve their living conditions.