Living as a Congolese refugee in Rwanda for 18 years, Marc understands global racial discrimination and injustice on a deeply personal level. Evicted from the DRC, Marc and his family took refuge in Rwanda, where they worked hard to create a new home. Marc attended a year long program, where he learned to sew, and used his new talents to provide for his family as well as teach others. Becoming president of the refugee camp, Marc managed volunteers, donations, and relationships with the Rwandan government. To his surprise, his family was among the first group of refugees from the camp to be granted access to America. While learning a new culture and country was difficult, Marc sought out jobs where he could use his sewing skills, but to no avail. The only jobs available for recently resettled refugees were unfulfilling, unpredictable, and menial. “I didn’t think it was possible to find a job doing what I love and using my skills, but I found Knotty Tie and I am so thankful everyday. It is wonderful to have a job where I can learn english, use my professional skills and provide for my family. I am able to show my children that they have a promising future and can do many things in America.”
Omar is from Hama, Syria. When Syria broke out in war, the government started throwing civilians in jail without cause. After 8 months of living in fear of being thrown in jail at any moment, Omar fled Syria. He and his family found safety at a refugee camp in Jordan. At first Jordan welcomed Syrian refugees, but as more and more Syrians were displaced by the war, Jordan grew reluctant to accept more refugees. Omar lived in the refugee camp for 5 years before he was granted asylum in America.
Tayebeh was born in Iran, but moved to Turkey with her family when she was 21 in search of a better life. She found Turkey to be a very beautiful place, and found its people very helpful and kind. In Turkey, Taybeh worked for a company sewing curtains, and she married her husband, Mahdi. Her native language is Farsi, but languages come naturally to Tayebeh - it took her only 3 months to learn Turkish! Tayebeh moved to America in 2015 with her family.
|2.25" wide||2.75" wide||3.5" wide|
|58" long||62" long||66" long|
|Ages 10+||Age 2 and under||Ages 2-6||Ages 6-10|
Adjustable for necks 14-18"
Adjustable velcro closure