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New book: All about Algeria- colour & learn.

The second publication is almost here: just two weeks to go!

The book is aimed at children and will encourage them to learn all about Algeria. It is perfect for those with Algerian connections but is also great for children in general to learn about another culture and the world around them.

Full of fun, facts, culture, history and traditions- it is an opportunity to discover the details that make Algeria so unique.

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All proceeds from the sale of the book will directly help those in need and will kick start our special needs project that starts next year.

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Calling all crafters and sewers!

You may remember me mentioning in my last post that next year we will be providing sensory packs to young children with special needs.

It has been lovely to read the private messages expressing support for this additional project and many have asked will the items included be made or bought. Well, I hope there will be a mixture. One of the lovely things about Algerian Action is that it’s not just about collecting money from people. From the beginning, the charity has been about people helping with their hands, whether that be through knitting, sewing or baking cakes to sell: it’s always be so much more personal than just money and with that in mind my thoughts are turning to what can be made for our sensory packs. My initial thoughts were about the bag itself. It needs to be sized to be manageable for a child, brightly coloured and have pockets inside.

I found this type of thing on pinterest, it’s called a busy bag.

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How difficult do you think it would be to make? There is a tutorial here but although I sew, I’m not great at following instructions. We need 50 for our first group of recipients.

Or do you have any other suggestions? Would LOVE to hear your ideas!

As aleays thank you so much for your help and  making a difference.

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It has been a while.

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.

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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!

Emma x

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