Dec 7, 2020

Celebrations - with a difference

Marking International Day of Volunteering
Marking International Day of Volunteering

Much like many places around the world, life is yet to return to normal at Salem after the effects of the pandemic on normal life. Large gatherings and parties are still banned, and that has meant that most of our social projects have been put on hold. Salem Youth cannot meet; we cannot invite groups to go through the AIDS X-perience; and the cafe has only recently been able to re-open.

It's been great to welcome back the World Without Limits social club to Salem just recently, with regulations now meaning that they can meet in limited form - for which they are very grateful. But the normal annual season of New Year parties - for them, for various kids from disadvantaged families, and for our students - will certainly not be happening this year.

Meanwhile, a run of key dates have passed without the opportunity to hold any events to raise awareness of them. Instead, Salem staff put together various social media posts to ensure they were nonetheless noted in some way: 1st December which was the International Day of the Fight against HIV/AIDS; 3rd December which was the International Day for People with Disabilities; and 5th December which was the International Day of Volunteering.

We shall see what 2021 holds, but please be assured that Salem is continuing to engage with these social issues and to take action wherever possible - even if it is with a difference.

With thanks and best wishes from everyone at Salem Social Village

PS Thanks too for all those of you who got involved in Giving Tuesday to support Salem last week, what a great day of global fundraising!

International Day of People with Disabilities
International Day of People with Disabilities
Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS during the pandemic
Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS during the pandemic
Dec 7, 2020

Celebrations - with a difference

Marking International Day of Volunteering
Marking International Day of Volunteering

Much like many places around the world, life is yet to return to normal at Salem after the effects of the pandemic on normal life. Large gatherings and parties are still banned, and that has meant that most of our social projects have been put on hold. Salem Youth cannot meet; we cannot invite groups to go through the AIDS X-perience; and the cafe has only recently been able to re-open.

It's been great to welcome back the World Without Limits social club to Salem just recently, with regulations now meaning that they can meet in limited form - for which they are very grateful. But the normal annual season of New Year parties - for them, for various kids from disadvantaged families, and for our students - will certainly not be happening this year.

Meanwhile, a run of key dates have passed without the opportunity to hold any events to raise awareness of them. Instead, Salem staff put together various social media posts to ensure they were nonetheless noted in some way: 1st December which was the International Day of the Fight against HIV/AIDS; 3rd December which was the International Day for People with Disabilities; and 5th December which was the International Day of Volunteering.

We shall see what 2021 holds, but please be assured that Salem is continuing to engage with these social issues and to take action wherever possible - even if it is with a difference.

With thanks and best wishes from everyone at Salem Social Village

PS Thanks too for all those of you who got involved in Giving Tuesday to support Salem last week, what a great day of global fundraising!

International Day of People with Disabilities
International Day of People with Disabilities
Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS during the pandemic
Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS during the pandemic

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Sep 14, 2020

Great feedback, and a great opportunity

Some of our wonderful flexible English teachers
Some of our wonderful flexible English teachers

These are challenging times for all of us. Here at Salem, we continue to do what we can, though restrictions mean that all our English courses have to be online at present and our normal income is down by 30%. All our other social projects are on hold until things open up once more, and we're looking carefully at how else we can invest in people during the present uncertainty.

Our staff have been amazingly responsive, flexible and generous with their time as we've adapted our curriculum materials at short notice! Our clients have also been very understanding, but are as keen as us to get back to in-person activities on site. We know that you are also experiencing your own challenges and uncertainties at this time, however we'd love to make the most of the opportunity next week to make every small donation go a whole lot further.

All this week until Friday 18th, GlobalGiving is matching all online donations up to $50/£38 at 50% - all week, with no limit on matching funds.

We've all learned recently how important the little actions are - whether keeping your distance, washing your hands, or wearing a mask. We want to invite you to join us in celebrating the power of small acts of kindness, and helping Salem continue its great work even during these turbulent times.

PLEASE ACT NOW TO HELP SALEM!

Please note that this matching offer is only valid until the end of Friday, so please don't miss it! Full terms and conditions are available here.

Please also note that donations on the GlobalGiving site can be made in AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP or USD - choose your currency from the drop down menu on the donation details page.

Please help us continue to invest in the next generation of leaders here while the matching funding is available. Even small donations will make a bigger difference this week!

Thank you.

All that you need to know
All that you need to know

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