We’ve started to feel a little festive here at CRIBS HQ and thrilled that we have 8 families currently in warm, safe accommodation this winter. This brings our total number of families supported into housing up to 25 and we also support others with one off payments or direct support in times of dire need.
Here are a few ways that you can support us that you might not know about:
1. Buy a CRIBS calendar…
There’s still time to get your mitts on the rather fabulous 2019 CRIBS calendar.
They make the perfect gift to a loved one or just yourself! We promise they will brighten up any kitchen, and every time you look at the calendar you know that you have helped one of the adorable babies you are looking at.
Each A3 calendar is £8.00 + £3.75 postage with every penny directly helping our families.
If you would like a calendar please pay directly to the bank (details below) and then send us your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will run to the post office in supersonic time!
Sort code 30 90 91
Acc # 67078668
2. Use Amazon Smile…
😃AMAZON SMILE = FREE DONATIONS😀
Start your amazon shopping at www.smile.amazon.co.uk
Set CRIBS International as your charity and we receive 0.5% of your net purchase price at no extra cost to you! Just make sure that every time you shop, you start at the address above.
Give to charity for free while you do your last minute Christmas shopping 🎅what’s not to love!
3. Send CRIBS e-cards…
⛄Give more than a just a Christmas card this year⛄
This year join CRIBS International and send a CRIBSMAS e-card to your loved ones. Your donation will help us to look after pregnant refugee mothers and families with newborns who are facing a cold winter ahead.
Thank you so much for all your support so far.
The CRIBS team.
In October 2018, CRIBS International workers Sally Hyman and Fred Cairns spent a total of three weeks in Athens. It was a very busy but rewarding time. They visited all the CRIBS family and were greeted with delicious food and lots of news. Fred worked hard to get our storage area into some sort of order and two major distributions took place of household goods, clothing and nappies. He was helped by Cribs beneficiary Nasar. Nasar has continued to manage the store distributing to Cribs families and other organisations such as the Clandestina Community.
One day, by chance, we met a family facing homelessness with a 12-day old baby, There situation was precarious and dad also appeared to be suffering from PTSD. We managed to house them and are trying to support them as best as we can.
We successfully got school places for four children, not without some struggle (more to follow). We also began links with the wonderful The Unmentionables. Through this many of the Cribs women have started women’s classes (still more to follow). Some less pleasant work involved fumigation of a flat, but the result was well worthwhile when we bumped into the family living there a day or so later. Something as simple as this had a huge impact to their self-worth.
Sally says,”As I have got to know family members better, they have developed enough confidence to feel that they can confide in me. During the visit I hope we managed to help them find the path to recovery from some mental health problems.”
None of this work would have been possible without the support of you, our donors.