Sunday, June 15, 2014

Helping Syrian Children

ZEITOUNA is a Mentorship Program for Displaced Syrian Children – a creative therapy and physical wellness program designed to inspire and heal the youngest victims of the Syrian humanitarian crisis: the children. WITH OVER 2.5 MILLION REFUGEES and 6 million internally displaced persons, Syria is now the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. While the brutal living conditions of displacement severely affect all Syrians, the children are the ones to bear the highest trauma of war: lost homes, lost security, lost communities, lost educations. These factors threaten to culminate in lost futures of an entire generation.
ZEITOUNA, counters these traumatic factors by rebuilding bonds between mentor and child, rekindling inspiration and creativity, restoring confidence, and reclaiming the innocence of childhood. The program was born out of three simple concepts:
  • EVERY child deserves to play.
  • EVERY child deserves a mentor.
  • EVERY child deserves to be inspired.
Starting SUMMER 2014 we (LILY- Love In the Language of Yarn)will partner the Karam Foundation, working specifically with the Zeitouna program for Syrian refugee children in the Salam School in Reyhanli, Turkey. This third Zeitouna mission will be lead by over 30 MENTORS traveling from around the world, including: Ireland, England, Brazil, and the United States and will serve over 800 at-risk Syrian children who have been denied access to school for over one year. At this time we are collecting supplies for the school (pens, pencils, crayons, note books, drawing paper, etc) and will send our first shipment off on 25th June.

We ask that when you are sending your parcels of knitting/crocheting you include a couple of pens etc. I realise that this may bump up the price of postage, therefore another option is to donate funds and we will buy supplies locally (here in Turkey) and post a photograph of items bought on our Facebook page.

 Children fleeing Syria and displaced inside Syria urgently need our help!

Help us make a difference today!

'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
 Cumhuriyet Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2

Mark the parcels - 'Small packet, knitting 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.