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!
As many of you already know, the vast majority of 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.
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 is an expensive time for everyone not least the poorer families.
For the past three years, at this time we have given sweets, toys and new clothes to hundreds of children living in Algiers. Last year we gave to just over 700 and this year, with your help we hope to give to even more.
As with previous years we will be distributing the gifts to children living within the community, to those sick in hospital and this time to children whose home is a women’s refuge.
So, how to help?
We need donations of sweets, small toys, balloons or anything else that children love!
You can give your donations in a number of ways: If you live in London you might like to drop them off, further afield you will need to post them and if you live in Algiers you can phone to arrange a collection/ drop off – all of the contact details can be found here. Or if you prefer, you can make an online monetary donation through the website or send a cheque. No donation is too small and every item makes a difference.
*Eid will fall around mid August so donations made in the UK must be received by 1st July at the latest to ensure that they will arrive in time.
Spread a little happiness and make a child smile this Eid ul fitr!
May was a really busy month for ‘Algerian Action’ with lots of things going on, including work on some exciting future projects.
Yet again lots of beautiful things continued to be sent in by our lovely supporters- some fab summer clothing, toiletries, toys and treats were all in among the bundles of donations that were received.
People are always getting in touch, asking what to send. Children aged 0-16 years are given help with clothing so anything really that will fit that age group will be useful. Glasses and toiletries are always in demand and at the moment there is a shortage of baby clothing for our baby bags. I have just up-dated the ‘most wanted’ list please do take a look if you would like a complete list of what is needed.
This years ‘Eid Appeal’ has just been launched, for full details visit here. This annual appeal is now in it’s third year, each year the number of children given gifts grows , our target for 2012 is 750. We need donations of sweets, balloons, small toys (yo-yo’s, matchbox size cars ect) if you would like to help with this items must be received by 6th July to ensure that they will be in Algeria on time
We also have the online Craft Auction coming up later this week and we will be attending a few fundraising events at the end of the month ……..have a jubilant June everyone whatever you get up to!