Recently, the number of refugees in Indonesia according to data from UNHCR Indonesia (UN Agency for Refugees) as of June 2021 is estimated to have reached 13,416 refugees. As many as 58 percent of refugees in Indonesia come from Afghanistan.
Some of them are female refugees who hope to have the opportunity to build a bright future. The uncertainty of staying in a country and not being able to work professionally makes some of them admit that they are hopeless, even trying to live without the burden of thinking about the future is quite difficult for them. Added to this is the Covid-19 outbreak which is becoming more and more uncertain day by day.
Makaila Haifa, together with the #WEGOTYOURBACK_ID community, is always committed to helping women support women or empower women, especially in the social and humanitarian fields. Because that is what inspired Makaila Haifa to create this social project and collaborate with female refugees under the auspices of UNHCR Indonesia and the #WEGOTYOURBACK_ID community.
With this social project, Makaila Haifa, the #WEGOTYOURBACK_ID community is happy to collaborate with extraordinary women. And we call it “Mishka Project”.
“I dedicate this project to my baby, Mishka. As a form of gratitude, I am inspired by refugee women who are tough, dare to determine their own destiny, and have dreams. "Hopefully this project can help them a little in the waiting process and provide benefits" Hida Makaila Haifa.
The name “Mishka” means “Gift of Love”. It is this gift of love that Makaila Haifa wants to share with the women around the world who work with us. This Mishka Project is dedicated to the baby girl of brand founder Makaila Haifa, namely Hida.
Through the Mishka Project, female refugees and male refugees have the opportunity to take part in a series of activities, from November 2021 to January 2022, in the form of auditions, training and photo shoots for the Mishka Project campaign. There were 4 female refugee participants who were selected as fashion models.
Makaila Haifa also involves and collaborates with professional trainers in the field of fashion. Trains and teaches female refugees about fashion modeling. Starting from how to pose well and correctly, how to walk for runway, and other fashion manners.
With this training, female refugees have the opportunity to become models and talent for the Mishka Project campaign shoot. Refugees or their communities also receive a share of the profits received from the sale of the Mishka Project's special collections. And for the Mishka Project the funds come from Makaila Haifa himself, without donations or sponsorship from other parties.
Being a refugee in someone else's country is not an easy thing, being separated from their family, language, social and cultural limitations are familiar to their daily lives. Refugees usually have to wait a long time to get asylum from a third country. At least the existence of the Mishka Project can help and lighten their burden. And they have hope to keep their enthusiasm alive.
Finally, hopefully this is the beginning of a long journey for the Mishka Project in the future. There is great hope that this social project can be sustainable and open the gates to help and collaborate with many refugee women out there