A STORY OF EMPOWERMENT
Headed by returnee, Sonja Leka, a small group of refugees created the Tara Citizen’s Association in 2004, to provide returning women with an income and a means of self-sufficiency. Step inside the Tara Community Centre, their base, and you can hear the gentle hum of activity, as the ladies of the association produce hand crafted items, which are then sold and exhibited. Their efforts serve to preserve traditional values and culture and share these with other communities. But also, and maybe more importantly, they serve as a therapeutic solution to deal with the trauma of war, and as a way to heal ethnic divisions through community and inspire future generations.
MEET THE WOMEN OF THE TARA COMMUNITY CENTRE
The women have also participated at international fairs and exhibitions taking their work to an audience who might never have been privy to their culture previously. Fine examples of Croatian artisanship, their creations have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including New York’s Gallery MC. In addition to handicrafts, the ladies also make spirits, delicious marmalades and jams and bake bread, all from traditional recipes.
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EMPOWERMENT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR VISIT
“For the ladies of the Tara Community Centre, much of this visibility disappeared during the war and, over time, has even lost some significance to the local community. With your visit you are empowering these ladies through your recognition of the value of their lives, skills and traditions.”