Blue Dragon Children's Foundation is known for their work in rescuing and helping human trafficking victims and supporting street children, while Saigon Children is best known for building schools and providing scholarship for children who live in remote areas of Vietnam.
Growing up in Vietnam, it was normal for me to see children on the street, working to make-ends-meet, living in horrible conditions and don't have a home. It was normal for me to hear sentences like "we have to be careful because there are a lot of human-trafficking kidnappers" from my family. Somehow, if something surrounds you for long enough, you think it's normal.
It's not until I moved to Canada that I began to understand, no, this is not OK. It has to change.
These donations are my effort to contribute to the future development of the country where I was born - in hope that one day all children will be loved the way they should be.
When it comes to pollution & exploitation, the Fashion Industry is not the worst player, but it is one of the players.
Manufacturing in third-world countries where environmental laws & human rights are non-existent, companies cut down cost by using cheap fabrics produced by toxic chemical treatments, dumping chemical waste into the waterways, and exploit the benefits of cheap labor - humans are being treated like they are not humans. Any quick search on Google will show you horrifying pictures of polluted rivers from chemical dyes in India to the collapse of factory buildings with workers inside in Bangladesh. This is the real life behind the manufacturing process of your clothes, just a few thousands kilometres away.
This sounds a bit hard to believe, but this is not something that rarely happens. It's actually pretty common & normal for a lot of pieces in your wardrobe to be produced that way. And it's universally accepted by either authorities, companies or consumers.
As much I am grateful for the education in Canada that educates me about these unacceptable practices, I feel responsible for The Dressmaker to be a place to give people information and knowledge - not a place to criticize or boycott any brand, but to educate people about solutions, new technology and traditional practices that solve these pressing problems.
In my opinion, giving people knowledge they need is the first part of the solution. And The Dressmaker is committed to producing educational content to raise awareness.
"I rarely buy new clothes and I want to keep it that way. Once you learn the cost of "polyester fabric" is less than $1 per yard in a third-world-country, you will start to look for the material tag on the garment you shop and question yourself: is it actually worth $300? Why would I buy when I can make something with high-quality silk for a fraction of the price?
And the most hurtful feeling is seeing the destruction of the environment in my own country. Forest becomes factories, water changed colour, and poor people stay poor. "Chau Vu
Check out the story behind The Dressmaker