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Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children

by Letters of Love Inc
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Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
Gift Handwritten Letters to 10000 Refugee Children
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Community Arts Network


Hi there!

 

Our last report was about a miracle and this one is a glimpse into our projects till date and how we have aligned our efforts to best support the communities we work closely with.

We have facilitated pop-ups for letter collections, been part of panel discussions and more importantly co-created with partners events and workshops in India to address the dire Covid crisis situation and internationally to empower Palestinian voices on account of the war on Gaza, immense loss to life and property it has caused with more than a third of the casualties being children.

It’s safe to say that the ethos of our organization for the past few months have been driven by the saying, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better; it's not!"

 

Anuragam at NIT Calicut – Letters of Love Pop-up

The students at NIT Calicut, India with Letters of Love’s support organised a fest at their college fest on 13 February to collect letters in the lead up to Valentine’s Day to be sent to refugee children in our partner camps around the world. Letters were collected physically as well as sent online to the offical Letters of Love website.

 

Keeping the voice alive! 

With Covid-19 putting a dent to a lot but not all of our physical operations, Letters of Love has been working earnestly to ensure a strong visual presence to spread awareness and support student groups and organisations to organisie their own community pop-ups to collect letters and sesnistisation sessions.

This was spearheaded by our Foudner and Executive Director Pooja Pradeep through talks at differnt events like the Powerful Women – Empowering Stories panel on 8 March, an interactive online seminar followed by a Q&A session at Bits Pilani University – Hyderabad Campus titled Love without Borders on 16 April and many more.

 

International Collabrations and Events

 

Events

Letters of Love has long evolved from a community to deliver letters to support communities through events and workshops themed around art, music and dance to facilitate psychosocial support and raise funds for community relevant causes.

 

Community Arts Network Partners Announcement Launch 

On 27 April, Letters of Love was officially on baorded to Community Arts Network (CAN) as a partner

Community Arts Network is an organization aimed at creating positive social change through the arts, building inclusion and understanding between people largely by creating a diverse network of organisations and individual to fast track collaborations, networking and enhance project reach of the involved entities.

The partnership is a step forward in collobrating with like-minded organisations and individuals in addition to expanding our projects and operations more systemically across the globe.

On 27 March Letters of Love represented by Sowjanya, Operations Manager – Denmark and Daniella, Operations Manager- Palestine was part of the Community Arts Network Partners Announcement Launch event that was streamed live on their Instagram platforms to.

 

Donate Oxygen India Fest

On 23 May, in response to the alarming Covid crisis situation in India, Letters of Love partnered with Donate Oxygen India and Community Arts Network to organise on online music fest on Instagram LIVE throughout the day.

The fest featured international artists with sizeable reach who streamed through their individual platforms to urge followers to help raise funds that are currently being used to build three oxygen plants in Delhi, India to aid with the oxygen shortage in the capital and aid in the hospital’s treatment of Covid positive patients.

 

Collabrations

The war on Gaza has caused immense loss to life and property with the heartbreaking fact that more than a third of the casualties are children. We refuse to reduce them as mere numbers and so started #RISEFORGAZA.  

#RISEFORGAZA is an open, growing coalition of organisations led by Letters of Love, currently partnered with Blank Canvas Community in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Kayani Project, Lebanon and Inad Theatre, Palestine that uses handwritten letters to express love, solidarity and strength with the children of Gaza.

As we impatiently wait for transport to Gaza to resume to actually send the letters, Rise for Gaza will be hosting psychosocial events & workshops and exhibits of the letters written by children and adults from around the world.

Our campaign partners have already organized events in West Bank in Palestine, Beirut in Lebanon and Abu Dhabi in the UAEand we are working to continue these events in more places.
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Rise for Gaza
Rise for Gaza
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International Women's Day - Panel Talk
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Dear friend,

I hope you're doing alright in these strange times.

It has been an incredibly tough but truly heart-warming time at Letters and I'm here, using this report as an excuse to write a letter of love to you :)

I had read somewhere that, 'Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts'. These last few months have shown me how and yes, you are a part of it :)

With the advent of the pandemic, I noticed a steady depletion of the surge capacity of my team- a community made up of volunteers who dedicate that extra bit of energy in their lives after their own personal and professional responsibilities to our cause of creating a kinder world for refugee children to thrive in. However, the pandemic ruthlessly consumed that extra bit of energy and we found ourselves individually and collectively burnt out. Letters of Love team went on a wellness break to take time, energise and get back on our feet. However, amongst our larger family, a few of us who had some spirit to spare got together and decided to do something with limited resources.

The idea was to make the holiday season where warmth and mirth fills the air be just as welcoming to children who've fled from war and live in heinous conditions in host countries. So we asked 40+ unaccompaied minors and former refugee children at a community centre in Athens to make a wish. The wishlist was compiled digitally by our partner, El Sistema Greece, and given to us on an excel sheet. The column titled 'I wish for...' had a myriad of things - books, shoes, christmas hats, music instruments, perfume et al. The Letters of Love Denmark chapter headed by my amazing colleague, Sowjanya Iyer, mobilised a team of Santas within 2 days. This team then looked into procuring these gifts, packaging them, writing personal letters to each child, and eventually shipped it.

Through logistical constraints of a pandemic, its associated lockdowns and across borders, a bunch of kind people got together and made wishes of these children come true in an unpecedented year of distress, disease and uncertainlty.

Upon receiving the gifts, the kids were overjoyed. 9 year-old Ahmed said, "This is the happiest I've been all year!".

I'm here to tell you that YOU contributed to it; to Ahmed's happiness and hope and many more's.

My team and I are grateful for your support through and through.

This Christmas miracle we pulled off has ushered us into a fresh phase. We're on to great things and we want you to stay tuned with us. You make all of this happen, after all :)

Thank you once again.

Reiterating: Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts.

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Batches sent to Syracuse, USA

We have made new friends and sent a lot more letters!

Hello there!

It’s been a while and we have quite a bit to report! Last time round we signed off with our World Refugee Day digital fest and figuring out logistics to reach out to our camp partners. We are pleased to say that we have been able to meet some tiny tots and do more. Read on to find out the exciting projects we have finished and are working on.

1)   Letters of Love reached USA and Italy

If you have been following our earlier work, you know that we are working with Campaign Ambassadors around the world to scribe letters that we receive digitally to send to medical staff at the frontlines. We were finally able to get letters delivered to our hospital partners in Syracuse, USA and Cremona, Italy. On account of the hospitals being in high-risk zones, it took us longer than expected to get the letters delivered but we faced the odds and were able to safely evoke some smiles. Fun fact – the pictures of the team in Cremona, Italy by Paolo a fellow doctor at the facility inspired our entire #silvERlinings campaign to celebrate the doctors and staff. Stay tuned as we work on sorting out the logistics to more deliveries around the globe. 

2)   Fundraiser to support Lebanon

The world was shocked by the unfortunate events that unfolded in Beirut on August 4th and all we wanted to do was champion the rebuilding efforts that were happening on-ground and around the world. So, we partnered with 26 Letters, a Lebanon - based non-profit organisation that offers free education to children to help raise funds for the facility that was destroyed and families of students who had incurred losses and needed help.

3)   Work in Palestine.

Our Operations Manager in Palestine, Daniela got in touch with a community centre to create a socially safe place for our team of volunteers to interact with children with disabilities. Given the times we are in, Letters of Love distributed care packages with goodies, masks, gloves and sanitisers to the children in addition to conducting skits and interactive session to engage with the children. We have always advocated the use of art to educate and get through to children and this project was centred around performance art to encourage the children to express and voice their thoughts. Of course, this was all beautifully wrapped up with the distribution of letters!

4)   The Merakil Project

Our DearHeroes campaign in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) reached the periphery of another team in the U.A.E. who were essentially also thanking the medical staff at hospitals digitally. It only made sense to collaborate and amplify the opportunity to collect gratitude. We partnered with The Merakil Project for the month of September to collect songs, dances, graphic art, written notes; art in all forms online that would be sent to a hospital team in Dubai, U.A.E. 

5) New Year is around the corner.

Meet Greet and Scribbles have been much-awaited events for Letters of Love followers where events are conducted in their respective cities to come together and hand-make cards that are packed and sent to  refugee camps around the world. On account of covid restrictions, we are unable to conduct our usual line-up of events. However, the letter-writing has not ceased. Clara, our delightful Student Ambassador organized a Meet Greet and Scribble at a community center in Syracuse, USA where people of all age groups came together to write and doodle some love.

This year has been a tumultuous one but amidst all the uncertainty there has been a massive surge of hope and yearning to latch onto the light. Thankfully, with your support and constant well-wishes we have been able to further our work and efforts to litter the world with joy and continue striving forward.

A LOT MORE EXCITING NEWS COMING YOUR WAY!

So till next time, stay safe and kind!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH: D

Collaboration to help Lebanon
Collaboration to help Lebanon
Team that inspired #silvERlinings
Team that inspired #silvERlinings
The community rallied together to scribe safely.
The community rallied together to scribe safely.
Collected art in all forms to express gratitude.
Collected art in all forms to express gratitude.
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When we made kids in Palestine laugh!
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Writing letters becoming a family bonding activity

Hello, fellow changemakers!

I hope you are doing well in these trying and tough times. It’s been a sort of roller-coaster of emotions here at Letters of Love with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a global paralysis of the nations. 

IN A TIME LIKE THIS WHEN WE'RE ADVISED TO "STAY AT HOME", MANY DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

Our hearts go out to the refugees, the daily-wage earners, the migrant workers and others who have been affected the most.

In the last few months, we have been involved in launching a few campaigns that have been very close to our hearts. I hope reading about them brings you as much joy and hope as implementing them brings us.

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1) #silvERlinings:  

#silvERlinings is our effort to offer the humans behind the scrubs a platform to celebrate them and cheer them on. This is done with a combination of pictures, videos, anecdotes, stories, advice, casual chats that we upload on our social media channels. 

In times like these when we’re more anxious and sad than ever, waking up to positive content on social media can change our perspective and mood. 

You can find all the footage to brighten up your day here.

 

2) DearHeroes:

The #DearHeroes global letter-writing campaign is us extending a hand in gratitude to the thousands of medical staff who are at the frontline, risking their lives and waging this battle at the forefront. 

We have been collecting letters and messages from any and everyone around the world, irrespective of age, religion and nationality. Through these letters, we want to let the doctors know that we see them as human beings, we admire their resilience and that we are endlessly grateful to them for everything that they do.

This letter-writing campaign is our humble attempt at spreading smiles to those who deserve it the most. It is a token of hope, personalised with a warm message which is written by hand by our team of volunteers in the native language of the receiver, doodled with colours and signed off in your name.

After sending more than 50,000 letters to refugee children around the world, today, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to refocus our attention to write letters to the Heroes of the Hour - the Doctors and Nurses.

We have projects underway in Pakistan, India, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Italy and are working to expand based on volunteer reach on the ground. With all your help and blessings, we have successfully delivered nearly 7000 letters and counting.

In fact, with the quarantine in place- letter-writing has even become a family bonding activity!

You can find all of the action here

We are also incredibly thrilled to have been featured in Vogue Arabia and The National.

 

3) Student Ambassador in Action: 

Aelia Jawad, our SA from Pakistan sent across the first batch of letters to the front line. She has also launched her own platform to raise awareness for cancer survivor stories in to offer them, their families and communities support. The team has helped support her vision and we're confident that this passion project which is already gaining fast traction will soon grow into a strong community worldwide. 

Read more about her interview here

 

4) Digital Presence:

With the current climate, being able to produce content that is positive has been essential. In addition to our silvER linings campaign, we had launched our WorkFromHome series where the team came to interact with our followers to offer pointers on how to stay on top of their work, be on their A-game and engaged in activities like spoken word.

Don't forget to catch up on all the Facebook and Instagram content, if you haven't already. :)

 

5) Online Refugee Fest: 

We will also be conducting our first-ever online Refugee Fest during the refugee week; 15-20 June. This will include talks from young speakers who are change-makers and active social entrepreneurs who help refugee and displaced communities and musicians. The fest will be a stimulant to urge people to contribute proactively should they have the monetary abilities to do so while simultaneously increasing awareness on the current scenario and sensitizing them.

 

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We have been so fortunate to have had all the support, love and blessings from each and every one of you to carry out our labour of love. It wouldn’t have been possible otherwise and we’re only looking at going upwards and onwards. We even have ground projects being planned with our camps. 

 

LOTS AND LOTS MORE COMING YOUR WAY!

 

STAY TUNED.

 

Sending socially-distant and sanitised hugs, right at ya!

 

Stay strong. Stay hopeful.

And in a world where you can be anything, be kind.

 

THANK YOU.

A thousand times over.

 

Love from all over the world.
Love from all over the world.
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Happy Faces - 1
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Happy Faces - 4
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Hello Hello :D
We have SO much to tell you !

The end of a year and the segue into the new year is always the busiest and most happening time at Letters of Love. Taking you through the joyous journey chronologically. Please note that we have obtained permission from the students mentioned to use their first names. 

1. UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY - NOVEMBER 20, 2019
Mentored and led by our teen coordinators Gabby & Kenzi, 35 high school students from 17 countries are juggling school work and extracurriculars to organise sensitisation sessions and kick starting #LettersofLove clubs in their schools to raise awareness about the #refugeecrisis amongst their peers. Their idea of fun is designing a pop-up whenever they have the time between their tests and semester exams to collect letters and pictures. Our ambassadors who work with Letters of Love - Egypt are also part of the operational side of translating the letters and shipping them to the camps worldwide. This universal children's day, they came together to push the message - Children should be seen AND heard.

Watch the inspiring video with each of their voices here.

2. STARTHROWER FELLOW IN ACTION
Jad , a 17 year old fellow of ours who is a Palestinian student in King's Academy, Jordan, started a Letters of Love co-curricular in his school. As part of the program, he mentored 20 classmates and conducted sensititsation sessions for them. They also translated more than a 100 English messages to Arabic. At the end of the program, he organised a visit to the Red Cross centre in Madaba, Jordan where he and his team spent the day with 50 odd Syrian refugee children and spread joy and learning with art, music, dance and fun games.

Watch Jad and team in action here.


3. NY2020 LETTER DRIVE.
The biggest campaign of the yaer for us is the New year campaign where this year, we sent thousands of letters to our implementation partners in Greece, Turkey, Palestine and India. Th letters were collected online, translated to respective languages and then handwritten by our Egypt chapter volunteers.


4. WE NOW HAVE A DENMARK CHAPTER
Sowjanya  and Wendy came forward to start a Letters of Love Denmark chapter and kickstarted it with a Pop Up. Around 30 people came together to talk about refugee crises around the world and wrote letters to refugee children at the end of it. They already have a handful of local projects lined up for the rest of the year!


5. PRIDE OF ABU DHABI AWARD
Sean  who is a 15 year old high school student and our ace Student Ambassadorfrom  the UAE was awarded the Pride of Abu Dhabi amongst many other bright minds in the category of ' Young Achiever ' award. As a student ambassador, Sean has already organised two #LettersofLove pop-ups and is working constantly within the community to raise awareness about the refugee crisis and other causes he is passionate about. We are sure that this is the first of many awards to come Sean's way !


6. VALENTINE'S DAY
It was a day packed with love at Rohingya Refugee camp, Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi. We collaborated with Clownselers, our partner organisation that uses clowning as a tool to heal trauma. We spent the whole day with the kids playing games and spreding laughter. The children were also informed about sanitation and safety by the clowns in a fun way. "Please come back every now and then. We have so much fun learning with you!", Amna, a 11 year old told us :)

LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES DOWN BELOW IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE US !



We're moving headstrong into this new year and are hoping for your support to continue our work in 2020 with more partners and collaborations already onboard (YAY!)

Leaving you with a warm hug of words,
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better; it's not!"

We're counting on you!

Thank you very much.

Valentine's Day with clowns!
Valentine's Day with clowns!
Volunteers at work !
Volunteers at work !
Children's day fun at Al-Ayyen Camp, Palestine
Children's day fun at Al-Ayyen Camp, Palestine
Letters of Love- Egypt Chapter
Letters of Love- Egypt Chapter
Sean winning the Pride of Abu Dhabi award!
Sean winning the Pride of Abu Dhabi award!
Jad and team at Red Cross centre, Madaba, Jordan
Jad and team at Red Cross centre, Madaba, Jordan
Rohingya refugee children & their clown friends!
Rohingya refugee children & their clown friends!
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