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Just a week to go!

As  mentioned before,  Algerian Action will be participating in this year’s International Book Giving Day. For full details of the event take a look at their website where they have loads of info and a few snazzy book plates which are free to download.


We  will be joining in and spreading our love of books by distributing Book packs to children in El Katter Hospital (Algiers). Each pack includes a reading book, a colouring book, stickers and crayons.


To raise funds for our Travelling Library project we will also, FOR ONE DAY ONLY, be selling some unique, one of a kind bookmarks made from vintage books.

Lastly, we will be encouraging our supporters to donate books to our Travelling library. At the start of the year we had a target of 1000 books and after just a few short weeks we have almost reached it. We have just 124 more to collect- wouldn’t it be great if we could do that on International Book giving day. All books that are new or gently used are very welcome, we even have an Amazon wish list to make things easy!

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Thank you so much for your support-hope to see you here in a weeks time!


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International Book Giving Day 2013

Have you heard about International Book Giving Day? I hadn’t until a week ago. According to their site its all about getting new, used  and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible-which can only be a good thing. In my view the gift of a book is never a bad idea, especially when it’s given to a child who doesn’t have many or even any. ibgd2013International Book Giving Day is a volunteer led initiative with the purpose of increasing children’s access to books right around the globe. They aim to do this by encouraging people to give the gift of a book on February 14th.

It’s suggested that you could treat a friend or family member, secretly leave a book in a waiting room or (if you prefer something a little more sedate than ‘going in’ undercover) donate books  to a library, hospital or charitable organisation. Full details of the scheme can be found on their website along with some fab, free bookplates to download. 

So, how will Algerian Action be spreading the love on International Book Giving Day?

Well, we are planning to distribute children’s reading books along with colouring books and crayons to sick children staying in El Kettar Hospital, Algiers. These children are suffering from a variety of illnesses or are awaiting operations so could really do with cheering up -hopefully receiving a goody bag of books will do just that!

In addition, we will also be collecting books for our travelling library which is due to start operating this summer and will serve children in orphanages, hospitals and other community venues. Since starting our collecting campaign at the beginning of the year we have managed to accumulate almost 600 books which is just fantastic! Our target is 1,000 so  we are certainly getting there!


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A year in review

If everyone in the UK donated just £1 each over £62 million would be raised. Imagine how may water wells that could build in Ethiopia, how many people it could feed in Liberia, how many cataract operations it would fund in India or indeed how many blankets it could provide to the many thousands of homeless people living on the streets of the UK itself ………

Okay, I know that is not going to happen but, my point is that collectively even the smallest  individual gestures made by a group of people can make a big difference to people in need. That if everyone pulls together things can happen and do happen.

Do you remember Abdel Kader? we bought him a wheelchair back in March. Through your donations of glasses we were also able to help 123 people with their sight problems.


Do you remember Abdullah Salim? In October we were able to contribute to his medical fees. We also bought medicine for over 200 people who were unable to pay the costs themselves.



Through our baby pack project we have been able to  provide hundreds of mothers with clothing for their newborns.


Plus items donated to our Eid Appeal enabled us to give gifts, sweets and new clothes to 762 children in the summer.


We have been able to provide food  to children and families in need and distribute thousands of items of clothing.




All of these people have been assisted by money raised through our fundraising efforts: Our spring fair, attending events, individual donations and the sale of our cookery book. They have been helped because the general public have been supportive and donated a huge amount of clothing, toiletries, toys and other essentials and of course not forgetting all those that generously donate their time.

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Collectively we have made a difference: through our gestures we have made the lives of some of those experiencing the effects of poverty a little bit easier. So thank you, thank you all for your enormous generosity and for caring enough to want to help .

There is still a long way to go and so much more that can be done. So, I really hope I can count on your continued support throughout 2013!

Some exciting things are planned but, more on that in my next post.



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Something new


We have a big project for next year. It’s something new and very exciting.

It’s been at the planning stage for a while now but,like everything new that we embark on in life there is a lot to do and think about.

Wait for it, are you ready?. …………well, we will be operating a travelling library!

We will be travelling around Algiers visiting hospitals, orphanages, schools and children in the community. We will be giving these kids the opportunity to regularly look at a variety of books that they would otherwise not have access to. We will do fun story telling sessions and a good dose of craft related activities too. We want these children to have lots of fun but to also do a spot of learning at the same time.

Could you help us with this?

Well firstly, what we really need is books:_

They must be in either English or Arabic.

They can be gently used or new.

They must be suitable for ages between 0 -14 years.

They must not be text books.

All titles are of course very welcome but just in case you need some inspiration and ideas I have compiled an Amazon wish list of just a few books that would be suitable. That list can be found here  

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We also need craft related items- pencils, crayons and children’s scissors that can be used for the activities.

To gather books for our currently empty shelves, we will  also be organising a number of book drives and other activities, I hope you will join in the fun 🙂

Oh, and if you have any ideas please do share-I would really love to hear them!

As always, thank you all so much for your support!


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