Last week I was busy but, in a different way as my Mum and Dad came to visit! Algeria is my home so I usually just do normal, everyday stuff… it was nice to do touristy things for a change…
While I have been enjoying myself and eating way too much ice cream you lot have obviously been busy crafting away!
As for this week….it’s another busy one for me! Ramadan will start next weekend. Our food parcels will be distributed to families in need the middle of next week (so that they can start their food preparations and have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they will have enough to feed themselves and their children during the month.) So, this week I will be going around gathering up the donations of food items that people have been collecting and making up food parcels-
if you are in Algiers and want to give there is still time- you can drop off things at Hopeland Institute in Cheraga or if you want to give it to me personally get in touch. I am also finalising the details of a special Ramadan Appeal for children in hospital….so watch out for my next post!
Whatever you plan on getting up to I hope you have a great week!
Time is flying by and it wasn’t until a few days ago when one of you dear readers asked for more info that I realised that I hadn’t posted anything on here about our Annual Eid and Ramadan Appeal …and as Ramadan will begin in around 5 weeks time I am cutting it mighty fine to say the least!
So as many of you regulars will know, every year during Ramadan we provide the families we support with a parcel of basic food items (things like oil, flour, sugar, coffee, lentils,rice,cous cous, semolina and pasta) plus a few treat items (things like biscuits and dates) and some fresh fruit and vegetables.
For those of you that don’t know, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar it is a special time of year when Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk. We provide those in need with essential food items to ensure that they are able to eat before starting to fast and to enable them to break their fast with a nutritious meal too.
If you’re not in Algeria and would like to contribute something to our Ramadan food parcels the best way to do so is by making a monetary donation, this can be done online here on our website or by bank transfer to our charity account (details can be found here) -There is no minimum amount and 100% of your donation will be used to buy food items for those in need. If you are in Algiers and would like to contribute items of food please get in touch to find out where your nearest drop off point is, we will need to receive items by 20th May. No donation is ever too small…a bag of flour or a packet of sugar can make all the difference to a family in need.
The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid ul Fitr. It is a time of celebration and fun which often includes visiting family and friends and eating lots of cakes and biscuits! At this time we distribute as many gifts of toys, sweets and balloons as we can to disadvantaged children in the community. The children are always thrilled to receive a bag of goodies which usually contain a variety of small items…a ball, yoyo, pencils, hair clips, stickers, bracelets..you know the type of thing! If you would like to donate items to be given to children at Eid ul fitr and are living outside of Algeria donations must be received by 10th May to ensure that they will arrive in time for the big day. If you are in Algiers and would like to donate you have up until the middle of June to do so.
This year, in addition to distributing food parcels and children’s gifts we will be holding a number of Ramadan themed craft workshops for children…we plan on making painted glass lanterns, sun catchers, silhouette paintings and much more.
I know I am a little (a lot!) late in posting but, fortunately I also know how great you guys are at rallying round and making things happen!
Have a super weekend!
So our first two crafty workshops are over! Puppets were made, kids had fun and everyone got covered in glitter!
We made mask, rabbit and dragon puppets last time, for our next two sessions we will be making fish, bird and monster puppets..roll on tomorrow!
I look forward to seeing some of you at the sessions and hope that the rest of you have a lovely, fun filled Sunday too!
The last couple of weeks have been so busy…what with puppet workshop preparations, toy-making, book giving, finalising the details of our new crafty project for schools here in Algiers and meeting new families that need help things have been hectic ..and then made so much more difficult because of a bug that has circulated around my home that knocked us for six and left me literally wanting to hide beneath the bed-covers too weak to do anything else….fortunately though we are now well on the mend!
But never mind all that, what I really wanted to say was a huge, huge thank you to all of you lovely lot that have been sending in donations! Too many to add pictures of everything but here are just a few..
An amazing dinosaur and unicorn that have been handmade.
A fab collection of hats and lots of treats for the children! I can’t tell you how excited the kids get when they are given a pack of stickers, a few hair clips, a ball, or a packet of pencils-such small gifts but they always bring the biggest smiles!
And what girl doesn’t like a sparkly bracelet?!
And a few of the toys that have been arriving….isn’t the elephant just the cutest!
People keep asking when the cut off date is for our toy drive.Well, we are hoping to give out soft toys to as many children as we can for the whole of this year so you still have quite a few months left to make something marvelous or for the non crafters to buy something beautiful.
As always, thank you all so much for your support and for choosing to make a difference.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wow! I wasn’t quite expecting such a phenomenal response to our puppet making workshops. In just two days all 64 places have been taken but, with so many others still getting in touch to book a place we have decided to add on another date with two more sessions So, for those of you in Algiers that want to attend, on Sunday 26th March there will be sessions at 10-12 and 1-3...places are going fast so get in quick !
What is also really lovely is that a few organisations have got in touch and asked us if we could hold craft sessions for them, including one that wants us to help them paint a mural on the side of their community room…of course, we said yes! We want to reach all sections of the community so if you know of an organisation/school/group etc who who might be interested in our crafty workshops do get in touch and let me know – I would love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Next week it is ‘International book giving day’ so we are busy making up gift bags that include a book, crayons, sweets and a few other treats which we will be giving out to children on the day…I hope it doesn’t rain!
For us in Algeria the weekend starts tomorrow, I am planning to spend the time making an Emu puppet for our event next month…I hope you too have fun whatever you do!
I mentioned a little while ago about our plans to run craft workshops for children in Algiers, now with funding in place I am so excited to be able to announce the first two dates – 22nd and 29th March which coincides with school holiday time in Algeria. Little Stars language Centre in Baba Hassen has generously allowed us to use their premises for these sessions but, we plan to hold them all over and wherever we can to reach as wide a section of the community as possible…if you have any suggestions or would like us to hold one where you are please let me know.
So, the session will be a fun -filled two hours of cutting, painting and gluing! During the workshop, each child will get to make a variety of puppets including Spoon, Shadow and Mask. Children will be encouraged to make up stories using their puppets and play them out in our specially made puppet theatre.
The workshop will develop creativity and imagination and build confidence through self-expression. Instruction is in English so it will also be an opportunity for those learning the language to develop vocabulary and practice speaking skills. Knowledge of English is not a prerequisite though-ALL children are very welcome.
The workshop will be led by a U.K. qualified teacher who is a native English speaker .
These sessions are suitable for children aged 5-11 years and are completely free of charge. Places are limited so it is essential to book a space for your child(ren) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment(details on the flyer)
If you would like to download and share the flyer (and it would be great if you did!)please use the links below.
If you are in Algiers I would LOVE for you to book spaces -I promise, your children will have so much crafty fun…and it is always nice to meet our supporters!