to our last newsletter of 2010. Thanks again to Lucia for putting together tha latest news and photos.
Christmas is in the air! All around the centre there are colourful decorations such as Christmas stockings and trees, snowmen and angels. Most of December was dedicated to Christmas activities. All the volunteers helped the children to create Christmas cards for famly and friends, masks and hats, wrapping paper, advent calendar
and other items for the season.
Not to forget the Christmas carols! Gabriella’s sweet voice and guitar accompanied by Corinna’s flute helped the children (as well as the other volunteers to learn new, funny and joyful Christmas songs.
Worth mentioning are the experiments in the kitchen - Christmas cookies prepared during the sessions with the children by Lucia and Jana – in time for the party!
“These last days the topic of all arts and crafts activities was Christmas. Christmas trees were made out of recycled cardboard, decorated with different recycled resources. With Corinna the children prepared different kinds of creations and streamers to decorate the rooms. The handpainted wrapping paper using newspapers is fantastic.
Adding a little glitter and used foilpaper to recycled coloured cardboard made interesting Christmas cards. Just in time for the Christmas party, party hats were also finished.
... and on the day!
For two hours the children sang their favourite carols, acted a drama “Rainbow fish” with the theme of Christmas spirit of giving,
served their baked delicacies, received their cards from the Christmas letter box, and also got a small present from Santa.
Parents also joined in the fun and games.
The Arts & Crafts programme is a favourite one with our children. No wonder. It is something that helps them express their creativity and they do not have much allowance for it at school, and neither at home. Cristina writes:
“In the month of November the arts and crafts activities were about autumn. These included making a free autumn mobile with recycled material in the shape of decorated chestnuts, made by the youngest group, Pine, as well as peacocks and mural leaves and decorated boxes. The Laurel group made picture frames, clay leaves, candle holders and pencil holders, all of recycled cardboard, glass and wool. An Autumn song concluded the activities. Even the elder group, the Oaks, enjoyed painting glass jars in different designs as well as a treasure box.
Yoga and Sports
While awaiting the beginning of the Yoga Shoots program Corinna, Lucia and Aleksei used indoor activities like yoga and dance lessons as well as gymnastics to train the body and relax the mind of the children .
“In November and December we increased our focus on yoga to prepare ourselves for Yoga Shoots starting in January. A board game which we created took the children in the jungle, and on each field one task had to be fulfilled for example doing animal yoga positions or acting out a jungle yoga story. This gave also room for the children's own creativity and they enjoyed the jungle meditation so much that they asked to repeat it.
The “Shake it“ song became a collective favourite and it is now in fact the opening song for all sessions.
Mediterranean Vegetarian Dinner
The Mediterranean Vegetarian Dinner of the 27th of November was a really successful fundraiser.
More than 70 guests enjoyed delicious food prepared by dedicated cooks and were happy to watch a video of the summer club activities which Aleksei had put together.
A big thank you to all who came, to the cooks, volunteers and all who helped in different ways.
The next fundraising dinner is scheduled for the 5th February. More details will be posted to you in due course.
Repeating good practice
After visiting the Old People’s Home in Cospicua at the end of the summer, it was not difficult to inspire the children to go for a second visit, this time to present a number of Christmas carols. The children also took the opportunity to distribute cakes prepared for the occasion.
The effect on the children of such visits is a truly positive one. We can see some of them visibly change their attitude towards senior citizens and start to understand the importance of sharing and giving our attention and care where it is needed.
More movement in our circle of EVS
Our last two EVS volunteers who left were Arianna from Italy and Oguz from Turkey. Arianna writes:
“I worked at Centru Tbexbix from January 2010. I must say that Centru Tbexbix is not a normal centre for children. I worked many years with children of different ages in Italy before. But at Tbexbix everything is truly different. All the children are really respected, no judgement, no dufference. Volunteers can express themselves freely, and find their personal way how to contribute to the project. This is not so common...
In the project yoga, meditation and vegetarianesim have a lot of importance. This is very beautiful, because these are things that can help to improve the self- a way to face problems and difficulties in a positive way.
I also like the importance that the centre gives to respecting nature, all the animals and all the people on the planet, ways to solve the many problems facing the world today.
I played guitar with the children; something I enjoyed very much, introducing new tunes and songs from different countries with neohumanistic messages.
Doing yoga with the children for me was a beautiful new experience. This practice is an uncommon yet wonderful opportunity for kids, to help them develop from their young age in a positve way.
I especially learnt to be patient: first of all with myself, trying to accept my limits, trying to stretch them, try to leran quickly to speak the best english i could. Secondly Ii learnt patience by living with volunteers very different from me, in a country that wasn't mine.
It was also, for sure, extremely nice to work for many months with Katherine and Didi. With them it wasn't just work, but all the time together was a mixture of learning, teaching, growing, improving, changing, getting close.every day.
Thanks a lot. I will never forget the time spent in the Centre, and i also hope that I will carry with me everywhere some things I learnt there, the simplest things - love, friendship, respect, tranquillity, laughter...are the most important things in our life. All of these, you find at Centru Tbexbix.
Thanks and good wishes
A big thank you to those who responded to our last “extraordinary email”. With your kind support Centru Tbexbix will continue growing to benefit more children and families. Once more we would like to extend our greetings, on behalf of all the staff of Centru Tbexbix, to all of you and your families. Enjoy your holiday and may the New Year bring peace, love and joy to all.
There are many different ways how to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.
One way to support the efforts of Centru Tbexbix is through the "Friends of Centru Tbexbix" scheme with a small monthly contribution by standing order. Centru Tbexbix holds the following accounts: HSBC 013-085675-001 and BoV 400-1705136-1.
For more information on how you can help, call us on
21/27 805130 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This newsletter will be coming to you every end of the month, with the intention of keeping regular contact with the growing circle of friends of Centru Tbexbix, keeping everyone informed of what is happening as well as sharing the inspiration of this blossoming community project. The intention is to keep it brief and factual. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.