Asha started organising a Christmas Party for the children of refugees and asylum seekers in 2010.
Following the first party, one young boy excitedly explained that now he would now have something to talk about when his school teacher asked “And what did you do at Christmas?”
It is an especially bleak time for families in exile from their home, their families, their community and their country. One parent mentioned that her children were asking for a Christmas tree, she had looked for one but the price was way outside her budget. There was a depth of sadness in her which for a moment she could not disguise.
Over 100 children attend the Christmas party each year and we are deeply grateful to all those who year on year contribute towards the cost. Individually we may feel helpless, but collectively we can and do make a difference.
Every year Asha fills two coaches for a trip to Llandudno. This is very popular and is generally organised so as to involve local volunteers and friends from Leek and/or Alsager. These travel separately by car. Some children may be familiar with the Nile but have never seen the sea or played on a beach, let alone paddled. It gives them something to talk about when they return to school and parents are glad to have shared a special day with their children.
If you would like to support the Christmas Party or Summer Outing, please donate to Asha under Get Involved.