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Feb 2, 2018

We're on our way towards our goal!

Thanks to you, and all our generous donors, we're now 10% towards our goal of raising £5,000 towards our dream of providing bellydance classes in hospices. We still have quite a way to go, but last month we were thrilled to be able to provide a taster session in a local hospice in rural Kent.

 

Not only patients, but bereaved relatives were able to experience the fun of bellydance and to share the joy of dancing together. A bereaved relative said, "It was so much fun, I've not laughed like that or moved like that in such a long time!  What a boost"

 

And a patient said: "It was so lovely to meet such interesting people and although I was very nervous to start with, I felt much more relaxed when we were all laughing and enjoying the dancing."

 

It's so uplifting to hear of the happiness women feel when they are bellydancing and to be able to help take their minds of everything they are going through, even for a short time.

 

We really would love to be able to provide more, so we please do keep supporting us - if you could tell your friends and family about our work, or even better, consider setting up a small regular donation that would be wonderful.

 

With very best wishes

Charlotte Desorgher

Project Director

 

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Dec 22, 2017

A heartfelt thank you for all you've made happen

In the midst of the rush and busyness of the final preparations for Christmas, we at Company of Dreams just wanted to take a quiet moment to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support this year and what you've helped us achieve.

Your generous donations have enabled us to begin our work bringing joy to women affected by dreadful traumas, and the results have been so inspiring already. We'll be sharing some of the results with you in coming weeks, but first we wanted to let you know where we are now with our programme, thanks to you.

We are so happy to let you know that we are now teaching regular bellydance classes in two safe houses for women escaping from violent partners. All these women are living in in hiding, hundreds of miles from home, family, friends and work, having had to flee for their lives. 

We have taught taster sessions in a hospice - not only for women with cancer, but for carers and bereaved relatives. And we have taught a series of classes in an open prison for women, many of whom have been victims of abuse of some kind, some of whom are in prison for fighting back against their abusers - a fight back that went seriously wrong.

A few weeks ago we began teaching in a hostel for women escaping from war and conflict. Their stories are truly shocking - many have been raped as victims of war, and are now carrying their rapist's child. Some actually gave birth on the road, whilst escaping to freedom. And very soon we will be teaching in at least one safe house for victims of slavery.

Thanks to you, all of these women are now experiencing the simple fun and the togetherness of dancing each week, led by our wonderful team of teachers. You've helped make these women's lives a little more joyful and you've given them something to look forward to each week.

Thank you, and Happy Christmas. From all of us!

Oct 13, 2017

You're amazing! Latest news from Bellydance for Joy!

Thank you so much! With your help our project is now secured

Thank you so much for supporting Bellydance for Joy - we raised over £6,000 in nineteen days, which is a remarkable achievement and we just couldn't have done it without you.

Thanks to your generosity, by the end of October we will be working in eight different organisations supporting women escaping slavery, domestic violence, war and conflict, as well as in a hospice where we will be teaching women living with terminal cancer. All the women are loving the classes and to see their eyes sparkling as they come into the room, and watch their excitement as they rush to choose a coin belt to dance in, is just wonderful.

Zahida is one of our teachers - she currently teaches in two safe houses for women escaping domestic violence and will soon be teaching bellydance to women escaping war and conflict, many of whom have been raped and experienced truly dreadful things on their journeys to safety. We'll let her tell the story of the classes in her own words in this short video she filmed for us: Click on this link to watch the video


 

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