Sunday, 26 October 2014

World Vision Lantern of Hope

Last year I carved my first pumpkin and took part in World Vision's 'Night of Hope' making a lantern to bring awareness to the fact that when our children our celebrating the frights of Halloween, children all around the world are spending that, and every other night, in fear.  So this year when I was asked to take part again to raise awareness for children effected by the Syrian civil war I decided it was a must.

"The Syrian civil war is in its fourth year, and has stolen the childhoods of millions of children.  Children like Hanni, 8, have seen unspeakable horrors.  They have witnessed the deaths of family members, endured sleepless nights of bombing and fighting, and now live in constant fear and uncertainty.

By Carving a lantern of hope you can bring awareness to the cause and show the children of Syria there are people who care.  You can also help by donating, just text Heart8 to 70060 to donate £5.

I decided this year to throw a small 'Night of Hope' party and teach the children a little about what is happening in Syria.  I received a generous donation of 10 pumpkins from Sainsbury's in Purley Way, which the children enjoyed carving hearts into, some got a little more inventive and carved the letter H for hope as well as a heart.  

My daughter and step daughter

The first set we carved

I printed the bunting from the world vision website to hang...

I also made heart shaped sandwiches...

Pumpkin cake slices using an adapted version of the recipe on the World Vision website...

Hope colouring sheets...

and goody bags containing some treats as well as a candle for the children to light in their lanterns when they got home.  My sons little friends were asleep when they arrived so they went home with a pumpkin, a candle and some cake and carved their lanterns at home later that night. 

My son's little friends sent us pictures of their lantern of hope

The children at the party also wrote a message of hope for the children of Syria, it read,   "Dear children, we hope that you feel better, remember the happy times.  Love from your friends in London."  

Each parent donated £5 by texing Heart8 to 70060, even the ones that didn't make it to the party promised to donate.  We hope you can join in and make a lantern of hope and donate if you can.  Visit World Vision to find out more.  Help us turn a night of fear into a night of hope.  We would love to see your lanterns.

The lanterns we lit at home

Luckily for me, the teen and her friend were on hand to clean up the mess after the party :)

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