Sierra Leone, Africa, February 2018
What do you do when you meet children who lost their parents when Ebola devastated their family and country?
You give. You give love, you give food, you give a cuddle.
When you feel deep in your heart you are at the right place at the right time. And meet the African Beauties living in the slum. And you do not realise you are in the most dirty smelly piece of land on Earth, where kids live, because those kids are so happy to get some FOOD and you are SO HAPPY to give...
Happy Valentine World... I could not have wish a better place to celebrate LOVE with the children who lost their parents and family from the mud slide in Sierra Leone. They were so happy to receive a plate of yummy food... Thank you, I am Happy, mission accomplished... We have brought food and water to over a thousand children...
Sierra Leone, Africa, April 2017
My dream has become!!! I fed even more than thousand children in 5 days, orphaned who lost their parents from Ebola living in the slums.
We had local women to cook for the kids, we bought 150 kilo of rice, vegetable, bread, water etc... to make sure we had enough to distribute up over 300 plates of food. The children call me "auntie", "please auntie" as they are holding their hands to receive food. To see the kids sitting next to me with their full mouth and tummy filling up was so touching... I wanted to touch as many children's hearts as I could...
The look in their eyes is still with me. What an experience, so much beauty and sadness too...
UPDATE 2: Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India 2017
ALALA has the pleasure to announce the successful construction of the orphanage for 40 orphan children in Tenali INDIA.
UPDATE: Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India 2016
The ground floor has now been renovated and improved, the 1st floor is still under construction.
The kids had a celebration to commemorate their new home.
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India 2016
We are building a room extension for better living space for the little girls in Tenali Andra Pradesh in India.
We are very grateful to Carole Watson, Dominique Dolloso,The Zu studio, Naomi Mcdonald, Souter charitable trust, The Allen & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, The Dorfred Charitable Trust, all volunteers and supporters of our charity ALALA.
Philippines May 2015
Our charity visited the Aeta tribe in the Phillipines, who lost many of its members during a volcano eruption, leaving children orphaned. We distributed clothes, food, as well as purchased enough seed to grow, providing sustainable food for the 200 families. They will have enough return from those crops to sell a percentage of it at local markets and provide funds for the tribe and the children, clothes, food and other necessities.
Philippines May 2014
Our trustee Christine was invited to the Philippines by the Light House manager Zed Avecilla, founder of Operation HOPE in support of the people affected by the last Typhoon Yolanda in November.
With the vice governor and Myra Alcid Gavino who support the indigenous tribe in the Philippines. Jozen Curva who is an inspiration to move the project forward and Zed Avecilla whose kindness and generosity is leading the project.
Our successful meeting discussing the plan to build an eco village on the land offered by the government.
Christine went to Tocloban where the Typhoon hit the most, there are still 30,000 families without homes, families are building shelter where they can, recycling pieces found.
With the strength of the typhoon a boat landed in the middle of the town and still is there.
Christine our trustee helped to sort out clothes and food for distribution. Our charity bought 540 kilo of rice.
India Tenali Orphanage DECEMBER 2013
Flick Nicoll and Emerald Meisner previously visited the children and raised £200 so we could buy presents for Christmas (musical instruments, the children got a bag filled with a toothbrush, a comb - they never had their own! - bar of soap, colour pencil, a small toy and a few other items).
With money raised from our shop in Brighton and donations from different donors (thanks to Samira and Martin from Zu Studio in Lewes for their ongoing generosity) Christine our trustee bought a large stock of food and items necessary for the orphanages and their care.
Sri Lanka MAY 2013
We went back to Sri Lanka in April 2013 and were warmly welcomed by representatives of the government. We are very grateful for the support of Rev. Meewellawe Dhammananda Thero and Reverend Palite Thero and would like to honour them for their kindness and organising our visit with so much care and attention.
Orphanage in India FEBRUARY 2013
Emerald Meisner went to the Tenali orphanage in India and on behalf of ALALA and our supporters bought £500 worth of food for the 40 children.
Love in Action Project FEBRUARY 2013
Following ALALA's Love in Action project in February, through the kindness of the Brighton community we raised £30 pounds and filled up 14 bags each containing:
- pair of gloves
- packet of crisp
- a soft drink
- a bar of chocolate
- a cuddly teddy and a Valentine card with conscious words of love
for the people sleeping in the streets of Brighton.
x thank you so much to all who joined and supported x
Our Visit to Sri Lanka NOVEMBER 2012
Christine our trustee was invited by Reverand Meewallawe Dhammananda from the Khettarama Social Service Foundation to visit Kurunegala in Sri Lanka where she received a very warm welcome with ALALA's project to build a sustainable orphanage.
Our Last Visit to the Orphans in Andhra Pradesh & Our Project to Build a Sustainable Orphanage MAY 2012
During our last visit in May 2012 to the 40 orphaned children in Andhra Pradesh, India we bought a stock of food which will last them for 3 months. We also bought an air conditioning system. Additionally, we viewed some land as we are aiming to build an orphanage for those children who are currently living in very cramped conditions.
- Thanks to Jake from Eco-Logic in North Laines in Brighton who raised £800 running in the Brighton marathon.
- Thanks to Zu Studios in Lewes who raised nearly £300 at their raffle.
- Thanks to all the customers of our charity shop.
We've been very inspired by Bunker Roy , founder of The Barefoot College in Rajasthan where Christine our trustee visited to gather information on how to build with recycled materials and solar power methods.
Reaching Forward Together Orphanage, Andhra Pradesh, India OCTOBER 2011
Emma Barty our Art therapist leading a workshop with the children.
We recently visited this orphanage and provided each of the 40 children with new shoes and pillows and clothes. It's hard to imagine living without these basic items. Their overflowing gratitude showed us that we really had made a difference in their lives.
We provided 500kg of rice, 300kg of beans, 100kg of flour, onions, garlic, spices and more vegetables.
Our leading Art Therapy workshop helped the children to express themselves on a beautiful painted canvas.
We have provided bags of clothing for a deprived village in Gambia and help their school by sending books, pens, pencils, colours and other necessary items.
We run a Charity Shop in Brighton and also organise events to raise funds.
Why we are different
- Our team of qualified, experienced therapists visit orphanages worldwide and provide workshops for children.
- We create gardens in orphanages to grow vegetables and flowers.
- We assess and improve existing orphanages for sustainability.
- We sponsor individuals orphans in need of support.
- Our vision is to build sustainable orphanages worldwide.
Ways you can help:
- Finding grant and fundraising sources
- Organising fundraising events
- Volunteering in one of our shops
- Selling goods on eBay
- Join our team of therapists if you have relevant skills
- Join our team for sustainable living if you have skills in this field