With International Migrant’s Day just around the corner on Wednesday 18th December, we’ll be holding an information stall at on Saturday 14th December at Tooting Library from 1-4pm to mark the occasion. Do pop by if you’re in the area or doing your Christmas shopping on Mitcham Road.
Why is International Migrants Day so special? Every year on this date we have the opportunity to celebrate the diversity in our communities and break down the many misconceptions that unfortunately still exist surrounding asylum and refugees. There will be a display of related books and DVDs, a chance to see KKF’s latest video and some food from the Women’s Cooking Project.
Find us on the ground floor near the entrance. If you can’t make it down, check out the Migrant Manifesto video on affiliated campaign Our Day’s website.
Congratulations to 14 year old Waseem from Youth Club who recently won the Bronze Scheme Jack Petchey Award. The Jack Petchey scheme awards youth achievement in London and Essex and over 2000 schools and youth organisations take part. Renowned for his friendly and inclusive nature at Youth Club, Waseem was nominated by his peers for the award. ‘He is such an important part of the group’, friends say.
Waseem has received a framed certificate and badge, membership to the JPF Achievers community, an invitation to a celebration event for winners and £200 to be spent as he wishes within Youth Club. After careful consideration of his budget and the interests of his peers, he has chosen to spend the money on a group trip to the local climbing centre to take place during holiday time. We hope they have a great time.
The big day arrived!
Big 10 had a great turn-out. Not only were we able to catch up with the many people linked to the charity who we had not seen in a while, the evening was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the work we do and reflect on the 10 years that have passed since the start of After School Club.
The Women’s Cooking Project excelled themselves on what was their biggest function to date. The ladies planned and prepared a delicious three-course meal for some 140 guests. The menu took the guests on a culinary journey, starting in North Africa through to the Middle East via the Horn of Africa. The well-documented feedback was overwhelmingly positive. May their success continue.
The foundation’s latest video made its debut at Big 10. Looking at a cross-section of the organisation, it centres around the question ‘What does Klevis Kola Foundation mean to you?’, eliciting a range of responses that are equal parts thought-provoking, sincere and humorous.
The Auction of Promises raised in excess of £1500. Among the prizes were a week in a Tuscan villa, a day’s yachting in Suffolk and a highly-sought after Vita-mix food processor.
The evening wouldn’t have been complete without inspiring speeches from Klevis Kola Chair Dr. Chris Hands and two young ladies with long-standing involvement with the organisation.
A huge thank you goes out to Empty Boat, a lively local band with a Latino sound, who played for us.
We made a £1573.59 profit from the evening, and the figure will rise with the addition of standing orders. Our projects can only continue to thrive with sustained funding. If you would like to set up a standing order with Klevis Kola Foundation, click here to be taken to our Donations page.
Last but not least, many thanks to all those who contributed to Big 10 in one way or another. It was a great evening that will be remembered for many years to come.
We’re looking for a new part-time Refugee Women’s Group Intern to start with us shortly in the New Year. Follow the link below for more details. Please spread the word to anyone interested in gaining experience working with refugee women. Applications to be submitted by 27th November with interviews to take place on 4th December. Contact the foundation at email@example.com to apply and ask any questions you may have about the role.
Get ready to bid at Big 10 - we’ll be holding an Auction of Promises with a range of exciting prices to suit all budgets and tastes. How about a week at La Limonaia in Tuscany, Italy, from 27th Sept - 4th Oct 2014? This beautiful self-catering villa, which sleeps up to six, is perfectly situated to explore all the region has to offer. Prize excludes flights and transfers.
We’ll keep you posted with more information about our other prizes…
We are pleased to inform you that Klevis Kola Foundation is now holding Big 10, a celebration of the charity’s first 10 years, at Club Jasmin’s rather than at the Board Rooms of St. George’s, University of London, as had been originally planned.
Tickets are still available, but remember to book them promptly to guarantee a place and to tell us your menu preferences. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you then!
Here at Klevis Kola Foundation we are excited to confirm the date and venue of Big 10, our upcoming fundraiser event. Join us on 9th November 2013 from 18:00-23:00 at SGUL’s Board Rooms to celebrate the 10 successful years that have passed since our very first after school club session and seen us evolve from a small student action group to a charity in our own right.
The evening will be a great chance for volunteers old and new to meet. Those who have left us can catch up with the charity and its work.
In what is now something of a tradition, the Women’s Cooking Project will be showcasing their skills with a buffet. An auction of promises will be held with prizes ranging from a luxury 3-day yacht charter on the Lady Tatiana in Mallorca to a Sanctuary spa day. With music and speeches to top it off, it’s looking to be a great event.
See you there!
This year’s Summer Scheme was a huge success. For two weeks in August KKF was a hive of activity with a busy schedule of locally-based activities in the morning and trips further afield in the afternoon. Summer scheme was not only an opportunity for the children to beat summer holiday boredom but also foster new and existing relationships and develop important life skills. From Vauxhall City Farm to the IMAX, the children and volunteers certainly had a fun, memorable time.
Here’s what volunteer Kay had to say:
“Good food was the order of the day at summer scheme with some highly impressive onion chopping skills, burger making and cookies so good they were ‘better than Maryland’. We also saw the fabulous hip hop show Groove on down the Road, made our own film and created a high speed ball game to be continued at youth club in September. It was a great chance to meet some new people for club and fantastic to see everyone getting on together during highly competitive dodgeball games”.
All of this could not have been achieved without the generous help from the following:
Peter Minet Foundation for a significant financial contribution
Flipside Films for donating tickets to IMAX’s ‘Space Station’.
Polka Theatre Wimbledon for donating tickets to ‘Charlie and Lola’.
A lively game of piñata
Our wonderful team of volunteers