Go­ing fur­ther

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

and mil­i­tary strife, most have barely es­caped with their lives.

The United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) works to help th­ese peo­ple re­claim what they lost and pro­vide for life’s ba­sic needs and es­sen­tials. This means clean wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, nu­tri­tion and ed­u­ca­tion. Noth­ing in life can be taken for granted. In 2006, Uniqlo be­gan col­lab­o­rat­ing with UNHCR to of­fer not only fi­nan­cial sup­port but also clothes. Through its All-Prod­uct Re­cyling Pro­gramme, Uniqlo has do­nated over 16.32 mil­lion ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing, dis­trib­uted in 59 coun­tries and re­gions in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia, Syria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nepal and Myan­mar.

Uniqlo’s sup­port be­gins with you. At Uniqlo and GU stores around the globe you can do­nate your worn Uniqlo cloth­ing. Do­na­tions are then sep­a­rated into un­wear­able items, which are turned into fuel, and wear­able, which are passed on. Th­ese items are fur­ther di­vided into 18 cat­e­gories that ac­count for gen- der, size and sea­son. Fi­nally, the clothes are dis­trib­uted based on lo­cal needs. Not only does this re­quire con­sid­er­a­tions of cli­mate but also of cul­ture and re­li­gion.

Like food and wa­ter, clothes are an es­sen­tial part of life and the do­na­tions the refugees re­ceive help to es­tab­lish a vi­tal foun­da­tion. With this ba­sic ne-

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