“The best day of my life”

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On Friday we had lots of fun doing an arts and crafts event in Draria for a large group of orphan children.

We made masks:

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And birds:

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And we got the kids to draw around their hands and then colour them in.

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I am planning to turn the hands into a beautiful picture of a peacock which will  be hung in an old people’s home in Dely Ibrahim that we will be visiting later this month to  distribute cakes and things. Algerian culture and religious belief mean that the majority of families look after their elders here but, unfortunately not everyone does and so some people live out their last days alone. I am hoping that a picture made from the hands of orphans will in a small way show the residents that that they have not been completely forgotten and for the children who are orphaned, it illustrates that we all have the capacity to help make things better for others whatever our own circumstances may be.

There has been so much enthusiasm over our art and craft sessions and it is so wonderful to see the children being creative and enjoying themselves. When children were asked if they had fun on Friday one boy said “it was the best day of my life!” I’m not sure feedback gets better than that!

Thank you all for your ongoing kindness and support.

Have a great week!

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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Spreading the love

Of reading!  Last Thursday it was World Book day.

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In the UK and several countries around the world  quite a big thing is made of the day with special events held and children dressing up as characters from their favourite books, here in Algeria it is not such a big deal but, hoping to encourage an interest in reading and always ready to give gifts to kids we joined in the fun by giving books (and a few other treats!) to children in Algiers.

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The week ahead looks to be another busy one,the weather is gloriously Spring like with flowers popping up all over the place, my mind is bubbling with lots of ideas for our craft workshops and I am whipping up a storm with paint and glitter -what could be better!

 

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Whatever you have planned for the week I hope it’ll be a lovely one!

Emma x

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Hectic!

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.

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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!

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And what girl doesn’t like a sparkly bracelet?!

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And a few of the toys that have been arriving….isn’t the elephant just the cutest!

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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.

 

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As always, thank you all so much for your support and for choosing to make a difference.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emma x

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Who do we help?

The other day someone asked me who were the ‘type’ of people that we help. Type of people? well I said, we help… people. Just people, there is no type. Because here’s the thing, the people who we help are just the same as you and me. Today I’m doing OK and I hope you are too but, in the blink of an eye it could all be gone and I could be the one in need of help, just like you could.

In Algeria, there are many people whose lives are balanced on a knife edge. All it takes is one small change and everything can come tumbling down. There isn’t a safety net…there isn’t something in place to tide people over . No work means no food and if renting, no home either it is as simple as that. The fortunate have friends or family who can help out but, it’s not a long term solution nor is it guaranteed. This is exactly what has happened to Rachida, a lady I found out about yesterday. She got divorced, she was made redundant, she now lives with her son in a dilapidated building with no bathroom and no heating. A place with cracks on the walls and broken windows. A home with a kitchen that has fallen apart and a sink without plumbing. She has literally no income and relies on friends for food.

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Rachida’s Kitchen

So, who do we help? we help the Rachida’s of the world, we help the people that need it and do as much as we can because in the blink of an eye it could so very easily be you or me walking in Rachida’s shoes.

Emma x

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