Dhahran, Saudi Arabia & Aleppo, Syria
They call themselves SHAM. Working out of a living room, four brave Syrian women in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia dedicate their time to handcrafting, sewing and stitching intricate lace shawls to support the distraught Syrian refugees stuck across the border.
This non-profit venture was born one year ago as a result of the Syrian conflict, the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed thus far. It has been almost five years since the conflict began, and more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting. Almost 11 million Syrians - half the country's prewar population - have been displaced from their homes.
The shawls that SHAM creates are handmade, unique shawls made from different coloured fabric, such as cashmere, pashmina, silk, and wool that is then decorated with lace embroidery. SHAM is completely self-reliant; they hope to continue growing through the generosity and support people provide through purchasing the shawls and building awareness.