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The best made plans….& something exciting!

I know, I know, I haven’t written a post for ages and ages!

Things have been manic busy for me over the last couple of months…too much to do and too little time. Really, I haven’t had time to stop and think or take a breath….

A gazillion of you have been in contact asking about when donations can be sent in again and I know so many of you get the hooks and needles out over the Winter months and will be eager to donate your beautiful creations. Well, the good news is that we are still in need of EVERYTHING and are still distributing to children and families in need but, practicalities dictate that we have to change the way we collect and transport things to Algeria. So, rather than accepting donations throughout the year we will be holding a number of donation drives at set times. The first of these will be in December. I appreciate that this is not ideal for those that like to send off their donations as soon as they are ready but, we are now going to be sending donations to Algeria less frequently but in larger quantities four times a year and we simply do not have the storage space to hold lots of donations before they can be shipped. I hope you understand and will continue to support our work. Your help is so much appreciated!

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For those that need to get in touch, please note that our email address has now changed.

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For some unknown reason we are unable to access the old inbox so if you have sent a message over the past month or so it hasn’t been received. Please use contact@algerianaction.co.uk from now on if you need to drop us a line.

paint brushAs you regular readers will know, I had so many crafty plans for the Summer, I really wanted to hold workshops and encourage creativity but, disappointingly with one thing and another it just didn’t happen. People were on holiday….I needed to go away too for a while…. and with the Summer heat, everything went s-l-o-w-l-y in Algiers which made it difficult to organise things…. But, it’s now cooler (a bit!), things have settled back down (for now!) and I have something very exciting to share with you: My new BIG project !!  This is something that I have been working towards for a long time, something that I am passionate about, naturally, something creative, something that will develop and grow and something that I hope will provide opportunities and make a difference to children in Algeria. Without further ado let me introduce:

 

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You already know that I love all things creative and some of you might know, my ‘thing’ is education…. the early years and special needs are my specific areas of expertise. Artylingua is built around this. It is where language and creativity collide to create a range of workshops and courses that are perfect for young minds and as you would expect, they are accessible to ALL children irrespective of ability or social background.  The rooms have been filled with handmade furniture and fantastic materials to facilitate learning and I have created a fab art room where  children can let their imaginations run riot! Can you tell I’m thrilled?! The art outreach programme I started with Algerian Action will continue through Artylingua- It is my personal mission to get all kids here painting, sticking and creating…I would love for you to join me on that journey – so many things can be achieved when we work together!

If you would like to find out more about the project, take a peek at the website.  If you would like to stay up to date with what’s going on please add your email to the mailing list on the site (it wont be shared with anyone it’s just a way for me to keep in touch). There are lots of activities and events planned for the rest of the year including a fun filled Arty Afternoon of free workshops on 28th October as part of the International Big Draw festival. If you are in Algiers please do come along, it would be lovely to see you!

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Wishing you all a great week full of creativity!

Emma x

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Remember the hands?!

Do you remember me telling you about the hand-shapes that children drew and decorated? You know, the ones that were going to be turned into a ‘beautiful peacock’? Well, ta-da! here he is, in  full multi-coloured glory!

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It now just needs to be framed and will form part of a series of children’s art work that will be displayed in an old people’s home in Dely Ibrahim, Algiers.

Our Arts and Crafts project really seems to have captured people’s interest with people offering to help in lots of different ways which is encouraging! Lot’s of you lovelies have sent in crafty bits and pieces with your knitting which is so generous and wonderful of you-Thank you so much! Materials are a tad limited here…so far it has been an absolute mission impossible to find googly eyes and pipe cleaners but, I have been well informed that everything can be found here so I remain positive in my search!

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The past few days I have been busy planning our Ramadan and Summer time activities for children which are set to be lots of fun! And this week I am going to try out a new type of craft activity with  school children……a ‘craft challenge’ where using the same materials children will work in teams to produce a picture of a pot of flowers. They will have my one as an example (and to use as a guide if they wish )but, the activity is completely open to their own interpretation….the ‘best’ one will be chosen by the teacher. I am hoping that the challenge will encourage creativity and appeal to their competitive nature……I will let you know how it goes!

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Hope you all have a great week and to those of you in the UK -enjoy the bank holiday!

Emma x

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Time stands still for no one!

A little later than I had intended but, here are few pics of some of the latest donations…time unfortunately doesn’t allow for pictures of every item to be taken but, I know how much the crafters among you like to look at the handmade items…and aren’t these mermaids just wonderful to look at! I have previously  attempted to make one of these myself but, it didn’t turn out anywhere near as lovely as these beauties!

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Plus lots of colurful knits, squares, hats and teddies!

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It seems just the other day that we were thinking of doing puppet workshops in the school holidays and now they have been and gone!

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The kids had fun and we learnt a thing or two to make the next sessions a little better. We intend to hold Ramadan themed workshops in June and and others throughout July and August so right now I am busy planning lots of fun, craft activities for 5-11 year olds!

The weather is starting to warm up now in Algiers and although there are some rainy days most are bright and sunny- perfect for a spot of gardening!

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With a group of children in Sidi Youcef we turned stones into lady-birds, planted small mint and basil plants and sowed sunflowers and salad leaves in pots. The kids were really enthusiastic and  were excited to be growing things that they could eat.

Thank you all so much for your on-going kindness and support.

Have a great week!

Emma x

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2 down, 4 to go!

So our first two crafty workshops are over! Puppets were made, kids had fun and everyone got covered in glitter!

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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!

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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!

Emma x

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Holiday time

The school holidays in Algiers are now here so it is time for our crafty workshops to begin…

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Starting this Wednesday, we  have planned 6 sessions for children aged 5-11 to have some fun playing with puppets along with making a few of their own to take home. If you have booked places I look forward to seeing you sometime over the next two weeks! If you are in Algiers or will be during the Summer watch out for our crafty holiday programme that we are planning right now which will be jam packed with arty crafty fun.

We are also hoping to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather by sowing seeds and  planting some flowers and plants as part of our ‘Just one seed’ project.

Have a great week!

Emma x

Oh, and before I forget..a big, big thank you to everyone who has been sending in fabulous donations……Pictures are being taken and I will post some up shortly, but in the meantime here are just a few of the sweet, soft toys that have arrived..

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That was a surprise!

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 !

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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! (info@algerianaction.co.uk)

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!

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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!

Emma x

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Excited!

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.

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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!

Emma x

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