Fundraising for next visit

We launched our next fundraising campaign. You can donate here or create your own fundraising page for the campaign within Just Giving. Thank you for your support! we can’t do it without you.

Note that we are also accepting applications for our Active Supporter program where motivated individuals come along with us and support the project both financially and with their time and skills – in return they have a life changing experience.

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October Update

Well if our plans had worked out I would be writing this from Jordan. Alas things have not gone quite so smoothly and because of increased security we didn’t get our permits from the local police in time to head out yesterday as planned.

However, we won’t be so easily put off!

We are in discussions with CARE, our host NGO, about going in January instead. and if things haven’t improved by then, we will find other ways. If nothing else this project has taught us to be resourceful and resilient! And of course it has taught us many other things too. How incredibly lucky we are for one, to live in this – even imperfect – democracy, to have homes and freedom and futures. And taught us how it is possible to have connections with people from a different culture in a different environment, even without a shared language. It has taught us too that even though the problem is overwhelming, and a solution seems a long way off, it is still possible to bring moments of joy and connection to people.

When we had our fund raising event last week in the Hill Station I was once again moved by everybody’s presence. By the attention in the room, by the shared intention to see the humanity in the people we are working with. By the enraptured faces of the children listening to the storyteller, Sef Townsend. By the generosity of all our amazing performers, Jean-Bernard Marie, Adrian Bradbury and Oliver Davies, plus a lively finale from Tango’s Descent. Thanks to to Brockley Brewery for their support on the beer and Bosco and Bee for delivering up many many delicious pizzas.

Thanks to that event, and previous ones, and the Hilden Trust and generous donations from members of the community we are now at 87% of our fundraising target for this part of the project.  Our campaign on Justgiving allows for direct donations and for you to set up your own fundraising page if you want to do something for the campaign.

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Camp Fire Songs event 7 Oct 6.30pm-10.00pm

Come and join us to hear Alia Alzougbi, an award winning dynamic Syrian storyteller (stories in English) at 6.30pm and then classical music by brilliant and highly acclaimed pianist Jean-Bernard Marie. All proceeds to twinning projects in the Syrian Refugee Camp we are working with.

We will update you on the project during the evening and are available for any questions.

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Fundraising: Pay to Play

A fantastic evening at the Hill Station in Telegraph Hill was organised by Stephen Grocott and Bridget McKenzie in July 2016. Musicians ranged from teenagers to the Teenage Men and as well as performing themselves they often collaborated with each other on the spot which was a joy to see. We showed the “Are you with us?” film and another project around a hugely successful school in Istanbul for Syrian refugees showed theirs.

A substantial donation was made to this project by the event.