Cricket grows slowly outside the English-speaking world. The International Cricket Council expelled Cuba and its Spanish-speaking team for being under government control, while every Sri Lankan team has to be submitted for approval by its minister of sport. Yet Syrian refugees in the Shatila camp in Beirut are taking their first steps to assemble an Arabic-speaking team. Almost two million people have fled from the Syrian civil war to Lebanon, although there are no official statistics, and about a third of them children. In 1949, Shatila was opened for 3,000 Palestinian refugees, and now that Syrians have been shoehorned in alongside, the camp is estimated to house more than ten times that number of people. They have shelter, blankets, food and medical care provided by the United Nations, but nothing much to do: the Lebanese government allows the camp’s inhabitants to do only the most manual labour. Hence, when cricket was offered in Shatila last October, 40 Syrian refugee boys … [Read more...] about How cricket is building bridges for Syrian refugees
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The EU has approved the transfer of a 400-million euro financial aid package for Syrian refugees in Turkey, as part of the 3+3 billion euros migrant deal. The new package is the first step in the 3-billion euro aid package, which is the second batch of the overall 6 billion euros of financial aid as agreed in March 2016. According to a press release by the EU Delegation to Turkey, the allocated 400 euro million will be directly transferred to Turkey's National Education Ministry, as reported Reuters. A protocol on a cooperation package was also signed in Ankara yesterday by the head of the EU delegation to Turkey, Christian Berger, and Deputy National Education Minister Reha Denemeç. During the meeting, Berger said efforts for Syrians in Turkey are ongoing and that the education of refugee children was a priority. Berger said the EU, "just like the United Nations and Turkey," could not allow losing generations without educations. He also praised the Turkish Education Ministry for … [Read more...] about EU finally transfers 400 million euros to contribute to education of Syrian refugees
0 Post a comment Monday, 1 October 2018 - Local People An appeal has been launched by two local charity campaigners for supplies, clothing and equipment to help refugees this winter. Zoe Thompson and island-based Middle East consultant Laura Cretney have launched the appeal to ask for donations of camping equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and tarpaulins, blankets, men and women’s outdoor and waterproof clothing, shoes and underwear to be sent to refugees who are living in what Zoe describes as ’desperate conditions’ in temporary camps around the north of France.They have also asked for donations of baby care items, such as nappies, clothing, feeding bottles and baby milk powder, sanitary items, such as soap, shampoo and baby wipes and also feminine hygiene items, things which she says are in very short supply to the refugees.Zoe, who volunteers with refugee charities, runs the Facebook group Manx Support Refugees, said that the appeal has been … [Read more...] about Can you donate supplies for Syrian refugees?
A leading author has visited Cramlington students to speak about her new book’s link to war-torn Syria. Cathy Cassidy visited Year 7 and 8 students from Cramlington Learning Village to promote Sami’s Silver Lining.Pupils from Hareside and Shanklea primary schools were also invited to meet the writer during her third visit to the school.Librarian Eileen Armstrong said: “We think it’s really important for students who will soon be joining the school to have the opportunity to listen to authors talk about their work and the importance of reading.”The book tells the story of a family that escapes Syria and heads to England. On the way tragedy strikes and Sami has to lead a group of children to safety.Cathy said: “I wanted my readers to know why somebody like Sami was making that journey. It’s nothing you would undertake for fun”.The author has visited a number of schools to appeal to pupils and staff to support charities helping Syrian … [Read more...] about Novel way to help Syrian refugees
PLANS are in the pipeline to renovate a mansion near Leamington. Offa House in Offchurch was sold by the Church of England in May 2017 after being put on the market with a guide price of £875,000. The new owners of the the 27-bedroom property want to use the grade II listed building as a family home and have applied for permission to completely renovate the mansion, along with a number of other changes. These include dividing the main 18th century property from a wing which was added in the 1980s and extending it, creating an additional four-bedroom property for their ‘aging parents’. The family also plan to transform the Coach House on the land into a seperate home, complete with its own driveway. The application to Warwick District Council reads: “Proposed changes will be to suit modern living standards yet ensure the historic and architectural importance of this listed building will be preserved and the impact will be minimal to any remaining features and … [Read more...] about Plans in pipeline to renovate mansion previously earmarked for Syrian refugees