White Dove Project
The second Scheherazade Foundation initiative (under the working title ‘The Grisettes’) is based out of Paris, working with both Asian, North African and Middle Eastern immigrants to Europe. White Dove Project is the first of these efforts, working with displaced and refugee women and children in France, and via Skype for women in besieged Syrian cities.
Refugee and displaced women and children are facing the emotional and psychological trauma of war, combined with the need to adapt to their new reality, finding jobs, learning language and supporting and sustaining their families. The White Dove Project provides participatory theatre workshops that empower them to develop the confidence, leadership, creativity and communication skills necessary to overcome the challenges and build new lives and hope for the future.
Follow the story on the White Dove Project Facebook page.
Hua Dan is the first Scheherazade initiative, and was founded in 2004 by Caroline Watson in partnership with the participants of the first workshop. The main focus of our work is with the migrant population of China, individuals at the cusp of the enormous rural to urban migration that is taking place as part of China’s growth. The majority of our work is with migrant women and children.
Since its inception, Hua Dan has trained 10 migrant workers to work with over 23,000 people across China. The organization has received a great deal of both national and international recognition for its work.
You can learn more on the Hua Dan website.