Sunday, August 16, 2015

Help Urgently Needed For Syrian Women and Babies!

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.
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.

Help us make a difference 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. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Food Parcel Appeal For Syrian Widows and Orphans

The Holy month of Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkey) is fast approaching. According to the Islamic calendar this year  Ramadan will begin on 18th June and end on 17th July. A time of spiritual reflection, Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and commemorates when the Quran was first shown to the Prophet Mohamed. During this time, Muslims take the opportunity to increase the number of good deeds that they do, while also avoiding anything that may displease Allah. Charity is especially important to Muslims during this month, in order to maximise the reward when they die. 

'LILY' has been handed a dontion of money by a Muslim group in USA to help feed the Syrian refugees. Therefore we are sending a convoy of food parcels on 18th June to the Turkish/Syrian border.
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 like to raise more so that we can send food parcels into Syria also, particularly focusing on Widows and orphans.

'How can you feed yourself and your family if you have no money, no resources and, in a culture where the man is the breadwinner, and either missing or killed?'



               With your help together we can make a difference!

 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. 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Nappy Appeal

photo by Reuters

We have recently 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).

 When we have our next table top sale on 1st May the proceeds will go towards buying nappies but we also need your help!

With your help together we can make a difference!

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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 and fed.

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

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


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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.

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.