We only have 4 more days left to go before our team leaves for Athens!
This trip we are expecting around 40-50 children at both 5th School Squat and 2nd School Squat so we are in desperate need of funds to ensure we can accommodate every child in our workshops!
£5 will buy enough paint and paper for 5 children! £10 will buy enough beads and string for one group! £20 will be enough snacks for a group of children for one session! £30 will buy enough decorations and party food for our last day parties!
ANY donation is so greatly appreciated and goes so far. Please help with anything you can <3
Most of the time our feedback comes in the form of children and parents smiles.
However I wanted to share this message we received from one of the members of the 5th school :
"Thank you so much for offering these children your love and a chance to learn how to express themselves and their feelings in a blank canvas. Because there will be times again when people will try to make their hearts black again, but you will have given them a "weapon" to fight back. The opportunity to fight back using their feelings and thoughts in something creative. I always feel very inspired when I enter the office and I see the creation you made with the children. And I also feel moved in a very profound way. These red, yellow, blue, green marks on the wall is your own effort of getting them out of the black spectrum and shed light and colour into their lives, into our lives. And the feeling gets stronger every time I look at it. It doesn t fade, it becomes stronger. Because all you have done with the children becomes bigger and more influencial every day. You just needed to offer them a starting point. . . I really hope to see you again and come to Athens to welcome you back, not just as the art teachers of our children, but as a part of our really extended family. The children miss you terribly. But thank you, once again. You can t believe how strength you are still offering us. You touched everyone you met and you all left a piece of you everywhere making our days more bright and beautiful. You armoured us with strength..in a way that only art can do.."
However we do buy a large portion of our art materials in Athens as luggage is very expensive and this is more cost effective.
What do we have planned this time!
GENERAL ARTS AND CRAFTS
Jewellery , portrait painting on canvas , still life with oil pastels, paints , paper, cleaning materials and fruit & drinks for the children each day.
Cost - £100 for 6 days of workshops.
BAG PRINTING Children will work with paints to design their own canvas drawstring rucksack. Child refugees can be on the move a lot, and having somewhere of their own to keep their belongings is really special.
Cost = £70 will buy 30-40 bags,paints and materials.
T SHIRT printing workshop : T shirt printing is a very popular and enjoyable workshop.Most of the child refugees we work with do not have many clothes, let alone a one off custom t shirt designed just by them. This time there will be a theme of ANIMALS or TYE DYE.
Cost = £150 will buy 30-40 t shirts , paint and stencil materials.
THE JUNGLE! The classroom will be turned into a jungle for the day, filled with animal sounds and inspirational art. Children will create animal masks for themselves and embody an animal. They will be invited to have a polaroid portrait taken within a “scene” and take home a photo of themselves.
Cost = £150 - 250 will buy decorations,craft material,polaroid film and potentially a story book for each child.
GARDENING - Children will be make cress heads and chart the growth of their plant throughout the week. Extra money will go towards plants to be decorate the entrance of the squat.
Cost £20 - for seeds and heads for 30-40 children. £50 - 100 for plans to decorate the squat entrance.
On our last day in October we held a children's party! We played games, drank juice (!), had a few sweets (!!) and invited parents to join in on the fun. It was a really nice way to bring an end to our trip.
Cost = £30 will cover party decorations, food , drink and small party bags.
-One off donations to families in need. (If this can not be sourced from other support networks in Athens we may do this ourselves, in the past this has included: baby slings/pregnancy vitamins/clothes/emergency medical costs etc.)
-Flight cost/Accommodation/Expenses for lead staff member. All volunteers and staff are self funded. In some cases if money is left over a lead staff member may receive some money towards their costs. (To date no one has been fully funded through donations, this always comes last.)
<3 THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our work in 2017 <3
We are aiming for a bigger and brighter 2018 , so please keep an eye on us to see what this brings!
We are all already busy planning our next trip back to the 5th school squat in Feb 2018, and have created a wish list for anyone who wants to help purchase art products. You can find this here: http://amzn.eu/fOdK2U2
Please continue to support and share our campaign THANK YOU!
For our upcoming trip we have planned some really exciting workshops, however in order to run these successfully we need YOUR help. We currently need £400 in equipment!
We will happily take donations of equipment to take over however extra baggage costs money so PLEASE consider a small donation to help us with this. (We also think it is good to shop locally in Athens for this!)
We are looking for:
£50 for Green screen fabrics for an exciting workshop on fantasy and future.
£59.99 for 10 disposable cameras! Cameras are always popular and people love being given these. We give these out to friends we have met along the way and who we keep in contact with.
£50 white T shirts in assorted children's sizes. £50 for fabric ink. This is for an exiting workshop creating hand printed t shirts for children!
Other: Wire, beads, assorted paint, A3 water colour paper, A4 water colour paper, mini canvasses, sewing needles, assorted thread, felt tips, colouring pencils,teddy bear stuffing, dried lavender (or any herbs to go inside teddy bears). This normally costs us £100-200 pounds as we return to our supply store as and when needed.
Printing workshops are always fun, messy and very successful.
We would love to develop this workshop into a T shirt printing session, we think it would be fantastic for children and young people to be able to create their own custom t shirt to take away and wear!
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