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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!


peacock hands 3

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!

Emma x



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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  

garrison keller

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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