|So when are you going to come and visit? And what can you bring? It can be enough to bring yourself – as proof that people care, and are interested and willing to share their skills. We’ve enjoyed hosting three groups towatch our soapmaking project at work, and the women whom we employ – who take home all the profit from their sales, and use it to support their families – have been happy to show guests how they work. Let us know if you or a group would like to come and watch soap being made
Often the people who come act as ambassadors – like John McCarthy and the producer of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 who visited Janjevo, the silver filigree workshop in Prizren, a kulla and the Ethnological Museum to report on the photography exhibition TIP helped to stage there. You can hear the two programmes they made here and here.
What else have we been up to?
As well as all the activities above we’ve:
– Continued our regular activities – teaching 120 children every Saturday in Fushe Kosove, registering50 children to start school in September, and also in the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community in Fushe Kosove offering dance, football, art, German, and adult literacy classes as well as parenting classes, clothing distribution and medical support, supporting 6 young men with bursaries to complete their high school diplomas at evening classes, or attend university, and taking children with special needs to physiotherapy every week. In Janjevo, running weekly homework classes in English and Albanian
– Worked with the KYET summer school who included 20 of our children (including four children with special needs) in a daily programme of art, sport, dance, drama and music
– Started our own photography summer project in Janjevo (see photo attached), building on the success of the Neighbourhood 29 project in Fushe Kosove. Some wonderful photographs have been taken, and more are to come
– continued our microfinance projects and brought outnew designs (which you can see in the attached photo) for the bags made by women in Istog
– taken part in an EU panel about our upcycled candleholders for World Environment Day, and been shortlisted by FIQ from 67 applicants for innovative green business ideas to compete in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch for investment in our microfinance project. The women employed on our project have also presented at a workshop organized by ECMI to share their success
– taken part in the Ta Pastrojme Kosoven clean-up day