Here is the news of February, with a few days delay - a sign that we are busy with lots of activities!
At the beginning of the month a parents' meeting was held to discuss the progress of the children, the feedback to our programmes, and the new events coming up.
Parents proudly mention that their little ones, sometimes even only 5 years old, speak to them in English confidently. One of the younger siblings (3 years old) already has decided she will not go to school, but to Tbexbix instead :-). Several new children enrolled in the programmes after this meeting, and we're happy to see an increase in our youngest group -having brought down the registration age to 4yrs!
Record EVS activity
This month we signed two agreements with the EUPA (European Union Programmes Agency) with regards to seven new volunteers who will join our programmes in the coming months. The activities of these volunteers are sponsored by the Youth in Action Programme.
Coming and going
May we introduce you to Eliska from the Czech Republic, Cindy from France, Gul from Turkey and Chiara from Italy? You will meet them at your next visit to Centru Tbexbix. If you would like to meet Natasa from Russia however you need to be fast, as she'll be here for just a few weeks more!
Jana from Germany left this month, and wrote something to share with you (it is long perhaps, but do read it, as it captures the essence of what Centru Tbexbix is about):
" My first impression of Centru Tbexbix was, wow, this small project which is still in its beginning has so ambitious plans, and is even able to reach them... Fifty children coming voluntarily nearly every day to play games, to do arts & crafts, and before all to learn English... That's magic! Me as a child, I would have never come voluntarily after school to study more English! So my first question was, what are these people doing to get all these children here and to have so much success when they organise fundraising projects such as vegetarian dinners in a non-vegetarian country...
I realised that their secret is that they are so inspired and so full of hope that they are able to involve others with their enthusiasm.Their project of learning English is so different from the normal schools' schedule that it is really fun for the kids to study as they don't even realise any longer that they are studying.
Besides, we help in an area where normally people don't want to come or if they come they help from a superior position. Instead we try to involve the parents and do not only spend money, but we help with real working engagement.
For me, this has been a really good chance to see how little projects can grow and how they can also contribute a lot to change the situation...
For me the nicest outcome of my whole EVS experience is that I know that my work is really appreciated, when I see how happy the kids are about our work and how they love to come here.
In the centre, there is no bullying of children because they may be different and the centre's philosophy of universal love is really put into practice.
When we all sing together, some kids sitting on my lap, I really feel that I became part of the project and I feel like being part of a big family which supports its' family members in all it can do.
Now that I have to leave, I am really sad and I already miss the children and the nice working environment, but I am sure to return in summer to further support this unique project!!! "
This month we received the confirmation of the extension for another year of the secondment of a professional teacher from public service. Katherine will continue to work fulltime at Centru Tbexbix, mainly focussing on the development of the Sunrise English Club, our most successful and valued programme.
During the past few weeks our project has benefitted from a weekly donation of Benna yoghurt from Malta Dairy Products. Every day at the end of the activities the children are given one yoghurt each, which they have become accustomed to. So much so that they are now reminding us themselves; "Will we have yoghurt today?" asks little Riley.
More media coverage
Watch out for a spontaneous tv interview which Didi gave to a PBS journalist at the last EUPA grant award ceremony. The interview will be aired on Tuesday, 3rd March, after the 6pm news. The journalist was so inspired that he wants to do a feature on Centru Tbexbix!
The cherry on the February cake was the Indian Dinner on the last night of the month. Our vegetarian meals have been attracting a steady number of grateful diners, and this time was no exception. Around sixty guests enjoyed the warming lentil soup, the main course with curry, spinach with home-made cheese and eggplant pakoras, followed by Mary's delicious apple dessert. Most bellies were filled as plates came back empty.. A big thank you to the chefs and all the helping hands!
There are many different ways to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance - in fact a handyman is needed at present!), 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.
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