Friday, April 10, 2015

The denial of bread - has become a weapon of war!


For civilians still trapped in Syria life is an agonizing struggle for survival, they are pinned down by sniper fire, snipers targeting pregnant women in bread queues at conflict lines,  fearing for their lives as shelling and aerial attacks escalate. Thousands are at risk as Syrian government forces have intensified the shelling and aerial bombardment in response to the IS takeover of the area, including by dropping barrel bombs.
“The use of barrel bombs against a besieged and starving civilian population is yet another demonstration of the Syrian government flouting international humanitarian law and its callousness towards civilians. Sparing civilian life does not appear to come into the equation when they decide to bomb an area,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director.

The denial of bread - has become a weapon of war!
Bakeries providing a lifeline to communities have become a regular target for air strikes.
The acute suffering of civilian communities has been made immeasurably worse by a shortage of bread, Syrian’s staple food, caused in part by the deliberate bombing of bakeries. At 'LILY' we are doing our best to try and ease the plight of the Syrian civilian population, who feel abandoned by the rest of the world by making sure that they at least get fresh bread daily. Families queue up for hours in the hope of purchasing even a single bag of bread, and frequently return home empty-handed.
Due to your generous support for our Syria Bread  Appeal in August 2014, 'LILY' and local partners were able to refurbish and restore an abandoned bakery in Idlib which had been forced to shutdown due to fuel and flour shortages.  We have  been able to supply bread to 3 villages, providing bread for around 1,400 families, because of this increase barrel bombs and snipper fire we ('LILY') are looking to increase production at the bakery to be able to supply bread to 2 more villages in the Idlib area.



We have been working hard to be able to keep this bakery running by holding table top sales, car boot sales, selling knitting patterns, I support LILY braceletsbook sales etc.

A family-sized pack of bread containing 8 large pieces, will be sold for approximately 15p per pack to help cover costs. For those who cannot afford this, it will be provided free of charge.The bread will be directly delivered by our team to the Syrian people, which will help to avoid the long queues that may otherwise draw attention from overhead aircraft.
The purchase of flour will constitute the greatest recurring cost associated with running the bakery and we need your support to ensure that we will be able to provide a regular supply of bread, and as the situation worsens and the demand for food grows and we are hope to meet the needs of as many as we can possibly reach with your support.


We need your support to ensure that we are able to provide this lifeline!

A donation of:

• £450 (755 USD) will buy an entire day’s supply of flour and provide bread for 3,000 families - in effect, a whole community.
• £150 (250 USD) will buy a tonne of flour and provide bread for 1,000 families.
• £5  (9 USD) will provide a family with bread for a month.

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'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey and around the world, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.

'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm and fed.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Help 'LILY' Provide Clean Drinking Water For Syria's Children

A cholera outbreak is feared in coming months in Syria, a waterborne disease that is due to poor sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday 24 Feb 2015. Since hearing this 'LILY' has been looking into ways we could help the people of Syria who have already suffered so much. 
The report from WHO said that Safe drinking water is available at about one-third of the level it was before the conflict erupted nearly 5 years ago, and supplies are cut-off to punish civilians at times. As we are going into the warmer season, the threat of cholera is a particular concern. So with this in mind we sent a team off to Syria to investigate the water supply situation. What they found is heartbreaking! 



Since then we have had several meetings and looked into many ways of providing clean water. We have come upon 'Life Straw' which seems to be the most feasable way we can help. We have searched and found a supplier here in Turkey that will help us by reducing the price.
The first item is LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.... Lets you drink directly from streams and lakes or from a bottle. Uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology to filter up to 264 gallons or 1,000 liters of water to 0.2 microns. Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. Removes 99.9% waterborne protozoa. Reduces turbidity (muddiness) and has no aftertaste. Is ultralight: weighs only 2 ounces or 57 grams and portable: only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts and contains no chemicals.

The normal price is around  17 Pounds Sterling (25 USD) but we can puchase these for 10 Pounds Sterling (15 USD)

The second item is  LifeStraw Family....... and is a point-of-use microbiological water purifier capable of removing viruses, bacteria and protozoa (parasites) to protect against waterborne diseases. It filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years.Meets World Health Organization “highly protective” category standards of safe water interventions. Is lightweight: 1.17 lbs or 0.53 kg, easy to use (no pumping, no chemicals),easy-to-clean pre-filter and purification cartridge and chemical free.

The normal price is around 61 Pounds Sterling (90 USD) but we can purchase these for 44 Pounds Sterling (65 USD)

And the third item is LifeStraw Community......is a high-volume, point-of-use community water purifier with built-in safe storage, which provides microbiologically safe drinking water for schools, health facilities, workplaces and community settings. Filters up to 70,000 liters (18,470 gallons)

The normal price is around 224 Pounds Sterling (330 USD) but we can purchase for 163 Pounds Sterling (240 USD)

Water has been used for political dividends and has been turned off to certain areas and that leads people to drink water from unsafe areas. Cholera, an intestinal infection often linked to contaminated drinking water which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration.

 With your help together we can make a difference!




Please Donate Today!

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'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Bread Appeal For Syria

During this period of Lent 18th February until 2nd April we are asking if you can help us keep a bakery in Idlib, Syria running and providing bread for 3 villages.





The acute suffering of civilian communities has been made immeasurably worse by a shortage of bread, Syrian’s staple food, caused in part by the deliberate bombing of bakeries. At 'LILY' we are doing our best to try and ease the plight of the Syrian civilian population, who feel abandoned by the rest of the world by making sure that they at least get fresh bread daily.
A family-sized pack of bread containing 8 large pieces, will be sold for approximately 15p per pack to help cover costs. For those who cannot afford this, it will be provided free of charge.The bread will be directly delivered by our team to the Syrian people, which will help to avoid the long queues that may otherwise draw attention from overhead aircraft.
The purchase of flour will constitute the greatest recurring cost associated with running the bakery and we need your support to ensure that we will be able to provide a regular supply of bread, and as the situation worsens and the demand for food grows and we are hope to meet the needs of as many as we can possibly reach with your support.




A donation of:

• £450 (755 USD) will buy an entire day’s supply of flour and provide bread for 3,000 families - in effect, a whole community.
• £150 (250 USD) will buy a tonne of flour and provide bread for 1,000 families.
• £5  (9 USD) will provide a family with bread for a month.





Pounds Sterling


US Dollars


Canadian Dollars



'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey and around the world, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.

'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Syria Bread Appeal.




Due to your generous support for our Syria Bread  Appeal in August 2014, 'LILY' and local partners were able to refurbish and restore an abandoned bakery in Idlib which had been forced to shutdown due to fuel and flour shortages.  We have  been able to supply bread to 3 villages, providing bread for around 1,400 families.


The bread produced in this bakery is indeed a life-line for thousands of displaced Syrians in and around the Idlib area in Northern Syria. Producing around 11,200 flat breads per day - which is enough bread to feed 1,400 families, and the bread is immediately distributed by volunteers each day.
We have been working hard to be able to keep this bakery running by holding table top sales, car boot sales, selling knitting patterns, I support LILY bracelets, book sales etc.


A family-sized pack of bread containing 8 large pieces, will be sold for approximately 15p per pack to help cover costs. For those who cannot afford this, it will be provided free of charge.The bread will be directly delivered by our team to the Syrian people, which will help to avoid the long queues that may otherwise draw attention from overhead aircraft.
The purchase of flour will constitute the greatest recurring cost associated with running the bakery and we need your support to ensure that we will be able to provide a regular supply of bread, and as the situation worsens and the demand for food grows and we are hope to meet the needs of as many as we can possibly reach with your support.


A donation of:

• £450 (755 USD) will buy an entire day’s supply of flour and provide bread for 3,000 families - in effect, a whole community.
• £150 (250 USD) will buy a tonne of flour and provide bread for 1,000 families.
• £5  (9 USD) will provide a family with bread for a month.




Pounds Sterling


US Dollars


Canadian Dollars



'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey and around the world, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.

'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Buy a Book and Help A Child

Nadia is an Egyptian Muslim. Justine is an American Jew. They have, over the course of this long conversation, become sisters, in the most profound sense of the term. They fought bitterly, cried, laughed, resented, tried to see each other's point of view, to share the pain of attacks by virulent racists for belonging to the culture into which they were born, for daring to initiate dialogue with the enemy. Their story is proof that anger and isolation can morph into empathy and dialogue.
Switching Souls may be downloaded for a donation of $5. If you wish, you may also donate a larger amount. 100% of current donations will go to us, 'Lily' - Love in the Language of Yarn. This will enable us to continue to bring comfort and warmth to the children of Syria. We at 'LILY'- Love In the Language of Yarn are working hard to provide blankets and warm hats, socks, gloves etc., for the children, especially the youngest, who are most at risk of succumbing to the cold.

Help us make a difference today!


Let's try and send them a little comfort and the knowledge that someone is thinking of them.


Just click on the link Switching Souls help a child today and get a book to read too smile emoticon $5 donation can make a huge difference!

'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.

'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Emergency Food Appeal For Syrian Children.

As the temperatures plummet and after hearing such terrible stories of starving  children living outside the camps in and around the Sanliurfa area of Turkey. I would like to arrange a consignment of food parcels from LILY.


The contents of our food parcels are thoughtfully planned to meet the daily calorific requirements of 6 people, which is the size of an average Syrian family. They help to ensure that needy families receive adequate nutrition for at least a month, supplying them with the staple non-perishable items that they need to cook meals for themselves. Each parcel consists of: Dates, Figs, Flour, Rice, Sugar, Butter, Oil, Pasta, Bulgur wheat, Lentils, tinned fish, tinned tomato puree, Packet Soups, Tea and Seasonings, all purchased locally here in Turkey. We would also like to send drinking water.
We need to raise at least 9,000 turkish lira ( 2,500 pounds sterling, 3,800 US dollar ). We will be holding a table top sale on the 16th January, I will add the money I made from some knitting and cat sitting and various other fund raising events but we need your help also. If you could spare a lira (pound, dollar) or two that would b a great help. Please use the donate buttons below.Your donations will go a long way to help keep them alive. 


               With your help together we can make a difference!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Gifts For Syrian Children

With the country still traumatised by bloodshed, there will be no Christmas celebrations in Syria for yet another year.
At this time of the year, Damascus streets used to be filled with Christmas trees and decorations, and not only in Christian neighbourhoods but across the city. Not anymore!


Help 'LILY' bring a little Christmas cheer to the Syrian children living in refugee camps in Turkey. We will be making up Christmas presents containing a hat, scarf, gloves, socks, toy and sweets. If you'd like to let these children know that somebody cares and that they are not forgotten by sending a gift of hope, please send your donations of toys, sweets etc to:
LILY C/O Dianne Jones
Türkmen Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin
Turkey.

Mark the parcels - 'Small packet, for charity, No commercial value'
and keep weight to 2 kg (4.4 pounds) or under. On the customs declaration please keep value to  a minimum amount.
or to make it easier we can purchase a gift for you, just click on the donate button below and enter the amount you would like to donate and we will purchase gifts on your behalf and make sure they are delivered to the children on Christmas day.



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'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.