Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2015!
Al Madad Foundation would like to wish all of our friends and supporters all the best for the festive season and a very happy and prosperous New Year.
This year the Foundation has achieved a tremendous amount with your help! In April we held our Syria Relief Gala which raised just under $1 million. Donations from that evening have gone towards establising education programmes in Lebanon, supporting vulnerable refugee families and providing scholarships for secondary school students in Aleppo. 2015 will see the remaining Gala pledges rolled out, including mobile classrooms in buses and cultural excursions for children.
We also held a sponsored cylce from London to Oxford, which erncouraged particpants to train and fundraise towards our causes. As always, you got involved with other fundraisers including bakesales and the Ramadan Book Challenge which provided reading books for hundreds of Syrian refugee children.
Who could forget the generous donation of warm winter jackets from Thomas's School in Kensington?! 200 refugee children will be warm this wimter thanks to this kind effort!
Our twinning initiative has been hugely successful this year as we have connected 3 classes in London with nearly a hundred students Lebanon. The letter writing project will continue into next year as the children strengthen their friendships and learn more about their penpals.
In the coming year, we will aim to continue to provide education programmes and support for the most vulnerable and excluded children across the Middle East, by establishing new partnerships and addressing the most immediate needs.
Most importantly, we cannot do this without your help, so please continue to donate, support and spread the word!
Thank you once again for all your support throughout the year! Wishing you and your families a
Merry Chirstmas and very Happy New Year!
Winter Warmers Arrive in Lebanon!
Earlier this year, the students of Thomas's Kensington kindly donated 200 unisex warm winter jackets to the vulnerable Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The jackets arrived just in time for the bitter winter months.
On behalf of the beneficiaries of this generous donation, we would like to say thank you once again Thomas's Kensington for their generosity, and to our partners Ana Aqraa Association for facilitating the distribution of the jackets.
Twin, Twin, Hooray!
Our Twinning Initiative is well under way and here are some of the beautiful letters that we have received from our children in London and Lebanon.
The initiative has paired 65 children in 2 sites in Beirut with 65 children from 3 classes across 2 schools in London.
In their first letters, the pen pals wrote to each other about their families and friends, their favourite food and their hobbies.
Next term, the exchange will continue, allowing the students to develop these new friendships, to learn about a different culture and to express themselves as children.
If you know of a school that would like to get involved in
our Twinning Programme, get in touch at email@example.com. We would
love to hear from you!
In October , we visited the schools in Lebanon where we have been most active and spoke to the students we are reaching through our projects. Through our targeted education programmes they have been able to develop their literacy, reading and writing skills.
We simply asked them what they loved most about their learning experiences and here is what they said....