Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Whenever I see natural disasters on the Television I always feel so helpless! The first thought that comes to my mind is, those poor people...I wish I could help! Some time goes by and the news starts reporting other disasters and too often times, we forget about the people who are still struggling to pick up the pieces. For most of us who have been fortunate enough to have not experienced the disaster first hand, the concern last as long as the news story. Sad really! For the folks who survived these disasters, their story doesn't stop with the news. These people have lost their loved ones, their friends, their homes, and their jobs. The victims take days, months, and even years trying to repair their lives. I was recently introduced to Laga Handbags. These are handmade by Tsunami victims of the 2004 Tsunami that hit Indonesia. On December 26, 2004, one of the deadliest disasters in history struck Indonesia, killing over 285,000. Survivors were left jobless, homeless and devastated. Seven years later, many still are. Roy and Louise van Broekhuizen launched Laga Handbags to help the people of Indonesia rebuild their lives by selling their hand-made handbags. Roy & Louise do not take a salary. Their goal is simply to end the suffering; to help the survivors rebuild lives torn apart by the tsunami. In Aceh, Indonesia, Laga Handbags is a haven of hope, peace and refuge for the victims of disaster who are slowly rebuilding their homes and lives, one handbag at a time.