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!
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!
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!
Hope you all have a great week and to those of you in the UK -enjoy the bank holiday!
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 school holidays in Algiers are now here so it is time for our crafty workshops to begin…
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!
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..
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!
- Spring has sprung- just look at that blue sky!
- Last month was super busy and March is set to be even busier! Our latest book will be available very, very soon, we are ploughing ahead with our park build, planning for Ramadan and distributing beautiful items to those in need!
Lovely baby pack items!
- Judging by the fantastic donations received February must have been super busy for you too! Here are just a few of the beauties that arrived…
- An amazing selection of baby blankets in all colours of the rainbow…
Super brightly coloured sets…
Snuggly baby hats…
Fantastic colour block blankets….
Isn’t this just the prettiest headband? I am not sure how to make it but it would be a fantastic girly treat to add to our Eid gift bags this Summer!
Gourgeous things for the colder weather…
Fabulous squares…we are going to start making cushions for the elderly in hospital that are far from family. Most of the hospitals are based in Algiers so it is quite common for patients to be receiving treatment away from the areas in which they live. The cushions will have knitted/crochet squares to the front and fabric to the back. These squares are just perfect!
The most beautifully detailed blankets in perfect pastels…
Brilliant colouring books and crayons…
As always huge thanks for such generosity and for choosing to make a difference.
Lots to share in the next few weeks but until then I hope that you have a craft filled month full of the joys of Spring!
Salaam and hello dear friends, readers…
It has been such a long time since I have written here. Too long really.
As you know last Summer I moved to Algeria. It has been such an experience for me- one filled with joy and laughter and of course a few tears. Life in North Africa is so different to life in London and while I am one for embracing change and adventure, it does still take some adjusting. So, so many things have happened on a personal level- births, deaths and marriages -they have all put in an appearance these past months.
And then of course there is Algerian Action. I may not have been posting but, we have still been working hard. We have gifted hundreds of items of clothing and essentials to those in need and have been able to discover different ways that people need assistance and that due to the location of the country there are a great number of displaced people that really need help. We have been able to establish links with more orphanages, ones that are not the biggest and most widely known, so are more in need of help.
We have some new exciting projects lined up for 2015, the one that I am most excited about is one that will support children with special needs. As a trained special needs teacher it breaks my heart to see that Algeria is so lacking in this area. There are many psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical practitioners that can diagnose and medicate but, there is hardly any support for children that have additional needs and their parents….and specialist equipment and educational resources well, don’t get me started. This is where we intend to help: we will be distributing specially created sensory packs to children. We are working with a small number of parent led groups to ensure that the children who really need this type of help get exactly what they need.
We have also been working on a second book, this time one for children. It is an activity book that is packed full of interesting facts, fun activities and colouring pages. It should be available soon.
Things are happening, moving and developing. I promise I wont leave it so long to post again.
Have a great week!
As winter fast approaches we are urgently collecting warm clothing for children in need. We need, coats, jackets, socks, scarves, hats, gloves, jumpers and cardigans. Items can be new, pre-loved or hand made but must be in good, clean condition.
If you can help in any way please get in touch using the details on our ‘contact‘ page.