REPURPOSE: LAOS BOMB METAL
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions - equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years - making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.
Since the war ended, effort has been made to rid the country of bomb fragments which statistically still kills atleast 1 person a day. With the help of a few organizations, their farmland and country-sides have slowly begun to be cleared. With such an abundance of scrap metal fragments of bombs, these Lao artisans started to melt the aluminum down into a variety of spoons and souvenirs to provide some financial sustainability. By repurposing this metal, they have turned a negative into a positive.
Veggani has partnered with the artisans of the Xieng Khoung Province to create metal hardware for our bags using recycled UXO fragments in an effort to help clean their farmland and create business for their communities. When meeting these artisans, Veggani visited a local school that needs a new roof, toilet and leveled ground for the children to play. Veggani has vowed 10% of sale profits from our Jackie, Malala and Susan B handbags to be donated towards this school in efforts to provide a safe, healthy and clean environment for these children to learn.
With your purchase of our handbags, you are not only helping in the clean-up but you are also helping support families and promote a safer living for those directly affected.
Veggani has also started a GOFUNDME page in an effort to build more support for the costs to fix up their school. Their roof is open and bats tend to find shelter above the classrooms resulting in unsanitary conditions. Closing the roof would keep the bats out and provide a much more sanitary environment for the classrooms. The ground is lumpy and uneven due to the clearing and removing of UXO, making running around for the children difficult and unsafe. Leveling this ground will give the children a chance to play and learn sports in a safe, bomb cleared area. Lastly, their toilet is outdated and not always working properly. Rebuilding and fixing this toilet would provide the children a more comfortable and hygienic facility for them to use.