HAUS SALON + THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE IN THAILAND
Empowering Hairstylists Across the World in the Fight Against Domestic Violence
HAUS Salon has partnered once again with The American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Thailand. Gender-based domestic violence is a worldwide issue and as hairdressers we create a safe place for people to open up about their experiences with it. The ARC serves to train hairdressers living and working in a Thailand refugee camp to spot signs of domestic violence and to offer victims the resources they need to get help. In early 2016, HAUS co-founder Charlie Brackney Love led a team of HAUS volunteers to travel to Thailand to help give these hairstylists new business skills and haircutting techniques to set this program up for success. We exceeded our 2017 fundraising goal and raised $33,367 to return in April 2017 with another team from HAUS Salon: Charlie Brackney Love and Stylist Director Natalie Hansen are returning along with General Manager Mary Lucic, Colorist Lindsey Barr, and Stylist Sarah Navratil to expand this important program to a new group of hairdressers. Watch their adventures here...
April 22 - 24, 2017
Good morning Bangkok! The HAUS Team arrived safely in Thailand. They spent a day adjusting (that jet lag is a real thing) and explored a bit before catching another plane to Umpiem Mai, the refugee camp where the team will be teaching the hairdressers business-building and advanced hairdressing skills. Here are a few photos of the adventure so far...
The HAUS Salon team had the opportunity to visit the American Refugee Committee office in Bangkok and to meet Country Director Fifi Sabang. Fifi is an ARC hero. For two years she led the South Sudan team through war to keep providing services even during violence. Now she's leading the Southeast Asia team. It was an honor to meet her!
They were so happy to meet Chitlada and Rachel! Rachel is the Field Coordinator in Umphang and Chitlada is the Gender-Based Violence Manager who works with the Cut It Out hairdressers. She will be the leader for the team all week during the training sessions with hairdressers.
This was the tiny plane they took to the edge of Thailand, followed by a 4 hour trip through the mountains to Umpiem Mai
Charlie and the team were testing out hair clippers hot tools at a hair supply store in Mae Sot. HAUS Salon is donating clippers, curling irons, flat irons, and other hair tools that require electricity. When these are bought in Thailand, the don't need a converter to work unlike tools they would have brought from Minneapolis.
April 20, 2017
And they're off! The HAUS Salon team left Minneapolis for Thailand with all of the supplies they'll need to launch another successful program for hairdressers in Thailand. We wish them a safe and fruitful journey!
How did we raise over $33,000 for the American Refugee Committee and our Thailand partnership? Read all about it here.