Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Help Ibrahim Go Back To School.


This is Ibrahim he is 11years old from Aleppo in Syria and now living with his family in Izmir. Since we heard his story a few days ago he has been on our mind a lot. He used to attend school but now has to work to help his family pay rent and survive. He works long hours in a tea house from 8am until 7pm serving tea, cleaning up and running errands. He earns just 200tl ( 47 gbp,68 usd) per month but the family's monthly rent is 320tl ( 75 gbp, 108 usd).
His story has touched a cord with my husband Mehmet as at the age of 9yrs we was sent away to Kuşadasi from the east of Turkey to earn money to help keep the family. He missed a lot of school and has always regretted it and made sure that all his 5 brothers and 2 sisters have gone to school. Education has the power to transform children’s futures. We're determined to ensure that Ibrahim gets an education and the chance to write his own future.

We have decided to help to make Ibrahim's life a little easier and go back to school by helping to pay the rent for the family. If you would like to help Ibrahim go back to school please click on the donate button below.

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 '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.

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


Thursday, January 14, 2016

LILY Refugee Drop In Centre


We set up the Drop in centre because we became aware of the desperate needs of destitute refugees living on our streets, many of whom go hungry and survive predominantly on the kindness of friends. Also the need to help stop these desperate refugees from making the perilous trip across the sea.



LILY drop in centre will be a welcoming, warm and friendly space. To help refugees and people facing poverty/ destitution, homelessness or struggling to triumph over adversity. Our drop in will be a safe place to come for a rest, children can play with toys, there will be a hot drink and when we can a hot meal. we will provide nearly-new,new and hand made clothing, footwear, toiletries and sanitary items to individuals in need and we always have hand made blankets that we can hand out when needed, food parcels and a supermarket voucher. When funds allow we will add a shower and washing machine services also.
We will aim promote good health and offer free advice and support, as well as the opportunity to meet organisations that can help with all kinds of problems. 


Our vision is a community in which all refugees are welcomed, valued and able to participate fully in society”



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 '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.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Help Support A Refugee Drop In Centre


We have been lucky with the weather so far here in Kuşadasi, Turkey, but that has all changed this last week. It is bitterly cold and now we have heavy rain.


Please spare a thought to the refugees living on the streets here! Before Christmas I went to the local council to see if we could arrange a shelter somewhere where the refugees could come and have a warm and a hot meal, as Mehmet and myself have been going out as often as we can with hot soup, and hot sandwiches, blankets, hats, scarves etc. but sometimes it's hard to find the refugees, they are suspicious and frightened.
We were told by the council that they would not do anything as they didn't want the refugees here in Kuşadasi.
Lıly is now desperately looking for a place we can rent where the refugees can come and have a hot meal, sit and get warm, have a clean set of clothing, if we are lucky enough to find a place with a bathroom they could also have a shower. If possible we would try to find them somewhere permanent to live and to stop them from making the very dangerous trip across to Samos.

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Together We Can Make A 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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Make It Your New Year Resolution To Help Syrian Children!

 Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Over half of the people displaced by the Syria crisis are children and every two minutes, another child from Syria becomes a refugee. Since the begining of this crisis and the first refugees came across the border into Turkey LILY has sworn to help bring a little comfort to Syria's children and to show them that they are not forgotten - that we DO care.

Here are some of the ways you can help us to provide that comfort:

If you are a knitter or crocheter please consider making an 8inch square or two with your odds and ends of yarn. It's a great way to bust your stash and the squares will be joined to form blankets and given to Syrian refugees. Every square is a hug from someone who cares! you can also send us completed blankets if you prefer.

We also need Sweaters, Hats, scarves, gloves, socks infact anything that will help to keep a child warm during the cold winter months.


If you do not knit or crochet maybe you would like to make a donation to help to pay for the transportation costs- we make a delivery into the camps every month. You can do this by clicking on the Donate button at the side of this page.


Lack of access to food and severe malnutrition have meant that mothers have been unable to feed their babies adequately. In addition, the conflict has made orphans of tens of thousands of children, and these include countless motherless babies, who may have been left in the care of grandmothers or other relatives.
'LILY' has been regularly supplying milk formula to hundreds of babies in the hard-hit areas every month. We urgently need babies bottles to be able to feed these babie the formula, giving these innocent infants a fighting chance of survival in the hostile circumstances into which they have been born.Therefore I am asking if you could spare a few pounds/ dollars etc. to enable us to buy bottles to be able to feed them the formula to help save these baby's lives.

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We also desperately need to provide the Syrian women and teenage girls sanitary napkins... something we all take for granted but are in very short supply in the refugee camps. You can help by making a donation and we will purchase baby formula, bottles and sanitary napkins locally and supply the camps on your behalf.




We have heard stories of Syrian mothers having to resort to using plastic bags instead of nappies and as you can imagin this causes terrible sores and babies needing medical attention. We (LILY) try to supply nappies as often as possible but disposable nappies are expensive. As there are over  30,000 babies registered in 24 refugee camps along border areas with Syria and Turkey and While the exodus to Turkey continues unabated, the population of newborn babies to Syrian refugee mothers also increases day by day..... that's a lot of nappies!
I have found a family run factory here in Turkey that makes flat toweling nappies that will sell them to LILY at a greatly reduced price. These will fit all ages.... so the same nappies will last one child from baby right through to toddler stage and are easy to wash thoroughly by hand and quick to dry. We can buy a pack of 12 re-usable toweling 100% Turkish cotton nappies 60cm x 60cm for 28 turkish lira which works out around 7 pounds sterling (10 us dollars).
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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 5 villages, providing bread for around 2,200 families. We need your support to ensure that we are able to provide this lifeline!

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As more and more Syrians are fleeing Syria and trying to head for Europe we are starting to find Syrian families on the Streets of Kuşadasi as we are less than 1 hour away across the sea from the Greek island of Samos. When we can we help them by feeding and clothing them plus help to find them shelter. If you could spare a lira (pound, dollar) or two that would be a great help. Please use the donate buttons below.


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Images of children with no shoes in the bitter winter snow and mud in the past years have prompted LILY to lauch a shoe appeal these last four years. Therefore once again we are asking for your help.


LILY's helpers have visited many Syrian families in Turkey and witnessed the conditions they lived in and seen the numerous children without shoes or any kind of footwear. As have we here in Kuşadasi as many of the the Syrian refugees arriving here and sleeping on the streets have no or inadequate footwear for the winter.



We are asking you to donate just 5 British Pounds (8 US Dollar) which will buy a child a pair of winter shoes/ boots. Being able to source them locally helps us to get them to the Syrian children quicker.

As the cold season approaches, responding quickly is crucial. 


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US Dollar


Together We Can Make A 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.

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

Address - 'LILY' C/O Dianne Jones
Türkmen Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin 
Turkey.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Winter Shoe Appeal For Syrian Children

(Photo: Sunday's Zaman)


Turkey is currently home to 1.9 million Syrian refugees, with nearly 60 per cent of them children.
As the winter is fast approaching, and the cold weather already affecting thousands of Syrian families in the border area of Turkey who are facing night-time temperatures that regularly dip below zero.
'LILY' is launching an emergency winter shoe appeal to help these misfortunate families.
LILY's helpers have visited many Syrian families in Turkey and witnessed the conditions they lived in and seen the numerous children without shoes or any kind of footwear. As have we here in Kuşadasi as many of the the Syrian refugees arriving here and sleeping on the streets have no or inadequate footwear for the winter.


Images of children with no shoes in the bitter winter snow and mud in the past years have prompted LILY to lauch a shoe appeal these last four years. Therefore once again we are asking for your help.

With no solution to the conflict in sight, most of the Syrian refugees in Turkey see no prospect of returning home in the near future, and have little opportunity to restart their lives in exile. By helping these refugees, 'LILY' hopes to reduce the number of desperate Syrians resorting to smugglers and falling prey to traffickers to reach safety elsewhere.

The number of refugees has reached an all time high with complete chaos in NGOs, and a complete lack of institutional coordination. So grass-roots organizations like us and many other initiatives are taking the lead to try and do something, but still the need is very very high.

We are asking you to donate just 5 British Pounds (8 US Dollar) which will buy a child a pair of winter shoes/ boots. Being able to source them locally helps us to get them to the Syrian children quicker.

As the cold season approaches, responding quickly is crucial. 

Together We Can Make A Difference!

British Pound


US Dollar


'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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ways You Can Help LILY To Help Syrian Refugees This Winter.

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As the Syria’s crisis enters its fifth year, the conflict shows no sign of abating. Turkey is host to over 2 million Syrian refugees and is preparing for tens of thousands more refugees to come across the border from Syria as government forces and Russian warplanes pound opposition-held areas.Over half of the people displaced by the Syria crisis are children and every two minutes, another child from Syria becomes a refugee. Since the begining of this crisis and the first refugees came across the border into Turkey LILY has sworn to help bring a little comfort to Syria's children and to show them that they are not forgotten - that we DO care.

Here are some of the ways you can help us to provide that comfort:

If you are a knitter or crocheter please consider making an 8inch square or two with your odds and ends of yarn. It's a great way to bust your stash and the squares will be joined to form blankets and given to Syrian refugees. Every square is a hug from someone who cares! you can also send us completed blankets if you prefer.

We also need Sweaters, Hats, scarves, gloves, socks infact anything that will help to keep a child warm during the cold winter months.


If you do not knit or crochet maybe you would like to make a donation to help to pay for the transportation costs- we make a delivery into the camps every month. You can do this by clicking on the Donate button at the side of this page.


Lack of access to food and severe malnutrition have meant that mothers have been unable to feed their babies adequately. In addition, the conflict has made orphans of tens of thousands of children, and these include countless motherless babies, who may have been left in the care of grandmothers or other relatives.
'LILY' has been regularly supplying milk formula to hundreds of babies in the hard-hit areas every month. We urgently need babies bottles to be able to feed these babie the formula, giving these innocent infants a fighting chance of survival in the hostile circumstances into which they have been born.Therefore I am asking if you could spare a few pounds/ dollars etc. to enable us to buy bottles to be able to feed them the formula to help save these baby's lives.

Pounds Sterling




US Dollar



We also desperately need to provide the Syrian women and teenage girls sanitary napkins... something we all take for granted but are in very short supply in the refugee camps. You can help by making a donation and we will purchase baby formula, bottles and sanitary napkins locally and supply the camps on your behalf.




We have heard stories of Syrian mothers having to resort to using plastic bags instead of nappies and as you can imagin this causes terrible sores and babies needing medical attention. We (LILY) try to supply nappies as often as possible but disposable nappies are expensive. As there are over  30,000 babies registered in 24 refugee camps along border areas with Syria and Turkey and While the exodus to Turkey continues unabated, the population of newborn babies to Syrian refugee mothers also increases day by day..... that's a lot of nappies!
I have found a family run factory here in Turkey that makes flat toweling nappies that will sell them to LILY at a greatly reduced price. These will fit all ages.... so the same nappies will last one child from baby right through to toddler stage and are easy to wash thoroughly by hand and quick to dry. We can buy a pack of 12 re-usable toweling 100% Turkish cotton nappies 60cm x 60cm for 28 turkish lira which works out around 7 pounds sterling (10 us dollars).
Pounds Sterling
US Dollar


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 5 villages, providing bread for around 2,200 families. We need your support to ensure that we are able to provide this lifeline!


Pounds Sterling
US Dollars

As more and more Syrians are fleeing Syria and trying to head for Europe we are starting to find Syrian families on the Streets of Kuşadasi as we are less than 1 hour away across the sea from the Greek island of Samos. When we can we help them by feeding and clothing them plus help to find them shelter. If you could spare a lira (pound, dollar) or two that would be a great help. Please use the donate buttons below.


 Pounds Sterling


US Dollar
 
Together We Can Make A 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.

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

Address - 'LILY' C/O Dianne Jones
Türkmen Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2
Kuşadasi
Aydin 
Turkey.