In 2012 we gained our status as a registered charity. It's not just a case of fundraising it's all the behind the scenes effort that we have to show and be answerable to our supporters and the U.K. Charity commission. Gaining a registration number gives creedence to the work and projects we were about to take on in Egypt. Our mission statement is worded to inform sponsors of our intentions. Projects to be considered are education and healthcare for kids. Over the last 5 years our interest in education for children from poor and needy families has taken us to remote villages. White faces have never been seen in most of the places we visited so building trust was going to be a priority. When families are so poor education isn't high on their list of priorities. Unfortunately most of the adults in theses remote villages do not read or write,trying to encourage the parents to allow us to help their children was not going to be easy. Working alongside a local village elders meant we had access to the Mosque and unused buildings we could turn into classrooms. Supplying desks,chairs,writing equipment,blackboards and many other teaching aids the small school was ready to go. The first few days were a bit rocky but as word spread more children arrived. Help in Egypt had installed a cooker with kitchen utensils to enable the children to have hot food during their school days. Over the next 2 years a permanent school was established where 85 children attended daily. During this initial period the children were registered and those requiring and medications were seen by a Doctor and treated. Those same with eye problems were transported to a vision center where they had eye tests which resulted in the administration of drops for minor infections and in some cases an operation for strengthening the muscles of a lazy eye was carried out. At times our funds were stretched to the limit as the medical problems increased daily and as time went on mores cases were brought to our attention. The initial aim of education and healthcare began to grow into the wider sphere of family welfare which included. The provision of clothing,blankets and basic food,consisting of rice,pasta,sugar,oil,beans flour and eggs. At present funding is at an all time low and in order to continue its work, Help in Egypt charity needs to enlist more sponsors who are willing to give a monthly donation into the charity account. Philip and I are passionate about our work. In order to be hands on we moved to Luxor and lived in a village alongside the local people which gave us a great insight into their daily lives and the constant struggle to survive,it also gave us the opportunity to learn to speak Arabic,albeit very basic. I hope you may have found our experiences interesting. Philip and I are both 70 years old, I had polio in 1947 aged 11 months and 8 years ago Philip had a triple heart by pass, neither of us were going to be deterred from our taking up this challenge and we are still as passionate about our work as we were when we first started.
Judging by our Showcase which is full of the most wonderful pictures of birds, taken by our community, we have very many twitchers among us. Feel free to share your enthusiasm for birdwatching here ... the more tweets the merrier!
I am new here. Thought I would drop in and see if anyone can suggest things to do on the computer for over 60's I love hidden object games and my favourites are Letters from Nowhere 1 and 2 but I have played them to death ! Difficult to find ones as good I have tried doing my family tree but didn't get very far ( not that interested to be honest) and found it very time consuming to get not very far I am female, married, I knit, read and do crosswords but would like to broaden my horizon. All suggestions welcome
I cannot get out as much as I used to, due to various health reasons, so I have combined my love of the computer together with my love of history and genealogy and transcribe information for various websites. Admittedly this is in the UK, so I am not sure about other countries.
As hobbies and interest go I would be seasonal in what I attempt. Autumn makes me think ( filling my freezer ). At the moment I am using different fruits that I have foraged this autumn. Today I have made freezer cheese. Using blackcurrants, apple and blackberry and plums. This is setting now in little ramekins. I will freeze them later tonight. The ramekin size is so handy. I find one pound jars much to large. I look forward to using what I have made. Letting the fruit cheese sit and mature will make it more tasty. Not for long though!!!
Hi everyone, I just want to share with you a little of what it's like being part of a Gospel choir. I belong to the Worksop Community Gospel choir, we are now increasing in numbers .The aim of this choir is to bring people together who enjoy singing, it's becoming very popular now in different areas, you don't have to be a great singer to be in one , just enjoy being with lovely people who also like to sing. We have had a good year travelling around doing concerts, this coming Friday we are singing at a charity show called Worksop has got talent, procceeds are for a young man who suffers with oncoming blindness, all the money raised will go to the blind . I will be reporting again to tell you how we got on !!
I'd like to start a forum to suggest that once you are over 50 there are many exciting alternatives to taking the easy life i.e.putting on the slippers and reclining on one of those comfy chairs advertised on every whodunit advert break. I have so much fun playing in a five piece punk band playing gigs over East Sussex. Two of us are over 55 which nowadays is still young if you want it to be. Last month we, The Spiffing Good Eggs' made a 7inch single, something we had always dreamed of in younger years and it was so exciting to actually hold the finished article in my hands and put the needle on the record. We all find it a real thrill to see all ages dancing 'mosh like' at our gigs. I'd like to hear how you 'live' your silver years. Cheers Tony.
I am a pianist and choir singer who has had a secret wish - now no longer secret - to start a band just for fun. I would welcome other rusty musicians who may, like me also want to be in a band, just for fun, as I said. Any takes out there? I am in the Huntingdon area, Cambridgeshire. Hope to hear soon.