In 2015, we went to visit the orphanage in South India.
Humanitarian organisation Danish Indian Child Care (Dansk - Indisk Børnehjælp) was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 10th 1998, with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and children in India.
In Febuary 2015 I (Sara) joined Lili on one of her many trips to the province of Tamil Nadu in South India. In cooperation with the humanitarian organisation Danish Indian Child Care it was arranged for us to visit the children’s home we support.
Unfortunately Lili got sick, so I had to go without her. Far away from the buzz of the big city, the Danish Indian Children’s Home seems like a little piece of paradise. The buildings are painted in bright colours and they are surrounded by green tropical trees and beautiful flowers.
The manager of the home, K. Mala, and her staff welcomed me with open arms and a typical South Indian meal served on a palm leaf. Later the girls, big and small, came home from school. After an hour of home work time, the girls changed into their colourful after school wear and were playing and running about in the court yard.
One of the girls gave me a full tour of the home and its premises, and I have no doubt that it is a happy and safe place to be for the otherwise abandoned children. It was a wonderful day and it feels really good to be able to support the upbringing of these lovely girls.
Lili luckily soon got better and we moved on to our next destination, Tirupur. Here I had the pleasure of seeing the factory, Jaya Prabha, where our products are made. I got to meet the people, who create our clothes with their bare hands. I saw huge piles of fluffy cotton get turned into long fine threads at the spinning factory and lengths and lengths of material getting coloured, printed, cut and sewn.
It truly was an eye opener to witness how much work it takes to make just one single piece of clothing. And it made me become even more aware about our responsibilites as a clothing brand. We must produce with care and respect, and we must value every garment. That is the least we can do.