Today I would like to introduce you to a new mini project, the Eid gift box appeal 2010.
The vast majority of the people living in Algeria are Muslim and one of the most significant celebrations in the Islamic calendar is Eid ul Fitr, the event which marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
As you would expect Eid is a time of great joy and celebration, it is a time when friends and family gather together, people eat delicious sweets and cakes and traditionally everyone wears new clothes-particularly the children. It can be an expensive time for everyone not least the poorer families.
So, I thought that it would be a nice idea to give each child a little gift bag containing a few treats and an item of clothing to wear. I had in mind pencils or crayons, something crafty, a pencil-case with a few bits inside perhaps or some hair clips, a matchbox car that type of thing.
Not including babies (under the age of one year) there are currently 176 individual children who we are currently helping. I’m sure that the figure will rise as the year progresses but it is something of a starting point. It would be great to be able to give them all a little bag of goodies.
The bags will need to be ready by the beginning of August to ensure that they will all get there on time for the end of that month.
So, to start us off my ten-year old niece has generously donated a bag full of pens, pencils and cases which are all in ‘as new’ condition. Thank you Sophie!
I will post a breakdown of age groups and gender shortly so that they can be ticked off as we go.
If anyone has any ideas of what could be put in the gift bags please leave a comment, it would be great to hear your creative suggestions!