Thursday, 17 February 2011

Oh what an amazing day!

I just have to tell you about it. Even though it has nothing to do with quilting! I have been involved in a foundation to help children with disabilities in developing countries. Second Home Foundation. We have had our living accommodation up and running since December of 2008. Working on this project in the last couple of years (and it is a lot of work) we ran into bumps in the road, made contact with other foundations and gathered loads of invaluable information. This can sometimes be very, very frustrating indeed. All this is going somewhere, don't worry!

All our frustration, found a great outlet in a new project (since the worst thing in the world is to get bored). We decided it was time that foundations working on charitable projects in The Gambia started working together, sharing information, even resources. That was last year...... And now..... We started

Our logo!
We have organised a whole Gambia Weekend and - even though we have not started advertising it yet - 35 foundations have said they want to attend! The Ambassador for The Gambia in Brussels  is not only attending the day, he is helping us organise it. Dutch politicians will debate developmental aid with their Gambian counterparts, there will be workshops to help inform the foundations, networking, a benefit in the evening, an African market the next day and much, much more! Everybody we talked to was enthusiastic about the project and offered their knowledge. It was already going wonderfully well....

The theme we dreamed up for this day was Dream, Dare, Do for The Gambia. It turned out to be the title of a Dutch book. We asked the author of the book- Ben Tiggelaar - for permission. He not only gave us permission to use his book title, he also gave us ten copies of his book as a contribution to the day. How great is that?

And today we heard that Wilde Ganzen (a very well known and large charitable organisation in The Netherlands) has told us that they are very interested in helping us organise the event. I am over the moon with joy!

I wish you all many days like mine today!

Lots of love,

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