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  • Chic & Cheerful
    Chic and Cheerful has been created and is maintained entirely by a group of committed citizens who are determined that their actions can make a difference Chic and Cheerful is a place where everyone s uniqueness is valued and harnessed in the practical running of a shop Chic and Cheerful s inclusive volunteer programme supports people from diverse backgrounds to become part of our team Our mission statement is To

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  • Our Charities | Chic & Cheerful
    their educational costs as this in not free in Kenya Many of the students have gone onto access third level education and are completing degrees in electronic engineering teaching medicine psychology to name a few Where feasible love SHACK assists people with their healthcare needs The charity became registered in the UK in 2012 as Love for Sick Homeless Courageous Kids 20 of funds raised are secured for local children and 80 of funding goes to Kenya Chic and Cheerful is the main fundraising venture for Love SHACK in Ireland Contact details Karen Ward Founder Director Love SHACK Charity Shop Shodfriars Hall 4 South Street Boston Lincolnshire UK Tel 44 7534821230 Web www loveshackcharity org The Vincentian Lay Missionaries The Vincentian Lay Missionaries VLM is a charity that supports projects in Ethiopia through funding and through a volunteer programme The VLM works closely with the Daughters of Charity whose mission is to work with the poorest and most marginalised As a result of this VLM supports a number of schools kindergartens a street children s project a teacher training college and Women s development initiatives including micro finance projects With the money that is raised through Chic Cheerful approx 400

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  • Carlow Stiletto Sprint | Chic & Cheerful
    Stiletto heels as well as to master the many challenges set for runners along the way The event is the finale to the Carlow Arts Festival and next year additional artistic flair will be brought to enhance the sprint experience further For more information log on to our website www carlowstilettosprint com and check out our facebook page for some great photos of the stiletto sprint and details of next

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  • How you can help | Chic & Cheerful
    and DVDs Please note we cannot accept Toys or Electrical Goods Please drop items in to the shop or contact us on 086 8114133 Emma or 087 6497337 Sam to arrange collection Thank you Fundraise We welcome fundraising at any level whether it is sponsored events pub quizzes or you are a business looking to support a charity Together with Carlow Mental Health Association and Asante Eye Care we initiated the Carlow Stiletto Sprint a yearly event to promote positive mental health and raise much needed funds for these three locally based initiatives For more information click here visit www carlowstilettosprint com or check out our facebook page Carlow Stiletto Sprint We can provide talks to schools and clubs about our work and how it supports sustainable development in our sponsor countries and can support any fundraising ideas that you may have If you are a teacher looking to get your transition year students involved in developmental issues please get in touch Donate Funds You can donate online directly here All monies donated to Chic Cheerful are divided equally between Love SHACK and The Vincentian Lay Missionaries Contact Chic Cheerful 4 Burrin Street Carlow Co Carlow Tel 086 8114133 Emma

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  • Join our team! | Chic & Cheerful
    the Volunteer Application Form now Please return the form to Chic Cheerful Volunteer Experience From a Chic Cheerful Volunteer What I love about Chic Cheerful is it sees people s abilities and not their disabilities Schools and Colleges Programme Chic and Cheerful is delighted to host students from schools and colleges to provide practical hands on work experience whilst at the same time offering insights into overseas Development issues We

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  • Corporate Support | Chic & Cheerful
    an impact globally Your company name will be displayed prominently on our Donor Wall inside our shop for everyone to see You will be able to avail of a free advertising in our charity newsletters which will go out to all out existing customers and existing donors You will be recognised on our Facebook page Your company will be associating itself with a young business that has already impacted massively on its target group Circa 400 children are being fed daily in Ethiopia as a result of the shop being open Your company will be given a Certificate from Chic Cheerful stating that you are a Corporate Supporter Your company will have the opportunity to get involved in fundraising campaigns that will give your staff something to work towards and has the potential to build on a team spirit and cohesiveness within the team which will have a positive outcome on your business You will be kept up to date on events that are happening in the calendar year for the shop and be invited to shop events Your business would be promoted on an ongoing basis as we have established excellent relationships with local journalists and media To discuss

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  • Molly's Style Icons | Chic & Cheerful
    artist and performer with a passion for style created the concept of Molly s Style Icons to express her interest in fashion and design and as a way of contributing to Chic and Cheerful Molly wrote to Irish celebrities only those she considered fashion icons I would be so grateful if you could take the time to drop me a quick line to tell me what you think is the most stylish item you have in your wardrobe I will attempt to illustrate it very nicely Among the many who obliged were Irish Times fashion editor Deirdre McQuillan cashmere coat by Lainey Keogh broadcaster Brendan Courtney vintage tweed suit Shelly Corkery Fashion Director Brown Thomas Dublin gold Louboutains boxer Kenny Egan denim jacket meteorologist Jean Byrne little black dress cookery writer Rachel Allen fitted black jacket and restaurateur Dylan McGrath silver suit Molly s Style Icons includes the letters from the style icons and Molly s lovely illustrations of their favourite item of clothing or footwear It is the work of a gifted and innovative young person This fascinating and inspirational book will be launched in the George Bernard Shaw on the 10 th November at 2pm All are welcome

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  • News | Chic & Cheerful
    day in Mekelle I was mobbed with love at St Joseph s Kindergarten one of the projects the shop supports 132 smiling healthy pre schoolers under 7 greeted me with no less than three bunches of flowers pictures and a song to welcome me to their school Last year Chic Cheerful ensured that all of these children received a daily meal school uniform class materials and medical treatment where necessary This gives the children such a great start they receive a meal sometimes the only one of the day and gives parents many of whom are single parents the opportunity to go out and work to support the family whilst the children are in school The children were fighting to be the ones to hold the forenji s hand The next day I took some video footage of an art project we did with a class It is priceless For those who know Ethiopian dancing I can confirm that children are inducted into the shoulder shaking at a very young age The following morning I was greeted with a beautiful welcoming ceremony at the Gebremichael children s project The project now supports about 400 children with a range of supports including education washing facilities medical support food additional tutorials and classes for those who are interested It also has a night shelter for those who are sleeping on the streets This is a project particularly close to my heart On my first visit to Ethiopia I worked on a very rough project proposal to a trust in England that had approached Sr Medhin with some initial interest My welcoming ceremony was held in the huge hall that was built 5 years later as a result of that first contact Salam read a poem whilst Tyson showed off his juggling talents I think I counted 8 balls very impressive In the afternoon we visited an area called Laatchi which is approximately 10km from Mekelle town This area is a very poor area where people are dependent on growing grains in very poor soil to eke a living HIV is like a shadow across the country at the moment and this area is no exception Money from Chic Cheerful will provide income generating activities for 6 families in the area One lady for example is being loaned 1000 birr approx 55 Whilst she must be only about 45 she is a widow has 6 children she is HIV positive and also guardian of her daughters two little boys Her daughter died in childbirth Nevertheless Letebirhan has done very well and saved up enough money to rent a unit kind of like a small brick garden shed on the main road which she has great plans for With the money that she will get from Chic Cheerful she is going to buy equipment to set up a tea stall So whilst we in Carlow may not have graduated to tea and cake just yet we are already global with Letebirhan s stall I was also privileged to visit the village of Adhousi or as locals call it sisters village Here the local government have given the Daughters of Charity a plot of land for use in building houses for homeless families So far 14 houses have been built There is space for another 7 The AlemZahai family made up of mammy Addisalem and Michael 3 Rahil 6 and Alem 10 welcomed me into their brand new home Whilst basic 2 777 was utilised from Chic Cheerful to build them a future They now have a concrete house with two rooms kitchen and a drop toilet Addisalem is a single mum who suffered greatly at the hands of her husband who has now left her Before this she lived in a shack with no roof which was constantly raided by thieves Now she is making injeera and baskets from the house for sale at the market and Alem with the longest eyelashes I have ever seen is going to school regularly Alem has Hydrocephalis which is not treatable in Ethiopia and his prognosis is therefore not certain So if anyone has any contacts for overseas treatment let me know Next stop was Maichew located approximately 3 hours from Mekelle high in the mountains another area that was familiar on our TV screens in the 80 s famine period This was an army and food distribution centre now a thriving town that the Daughters have been working in for only 2 years and have already built a Kindergarten and are in process of building a school The kindergarten is an oasis for 134 children who come from the surrounding mud huts It is beautifully decorated with maps pictures and alphabets There is even a vegetable garden where some food is grown for the children Once again this year children will be provided with a meal at the project thanks to Chic Cheerful I hope that this is an area next year where we will be able to sponsor orphans of HIV victims but I guess I have to talk to Sam and the rest of the Chic Cheerful team about that It might mean an extra pub quiz or two I am always amazed by the skills of the many women I have met at the Women s Development Centre This project provides catering sewing carpet making and quilting training for women from the area It also supports cooperatives whereby women can borrow money to set up businesses themselves They can sew any pattern and make the most intricate embroidery I have ever seen as a result of their training at the programme However I was gutted to see the remains of their offices and store after a fire two months ago due to an electrical fault Insurance isn t something with people bother with on buildings mainly because the bribes needed to get anywhere are almost as expensive as the insurance itself They are rebuilding but it will take time If anyone has any spare funds that they would like to contribute for this purpose please let me know It is hard to access funding for this type of infrastructure project but it means so much to so many women and their families who are directly benefiting I left Mekelle after a couple of weeks feeling sufficiently buoyed by activity there to visit the southern part of Ethiopia where the Daughters are also established On reflection I think this was the most difficult part of the Trip I first visited Jima a town 6 hours away from Addis Ababa It is again a large town which acts as jumping off point for the surrounding countryside which is primarily used for farming Here the Daughters support two Leprosy Projects these are essentially villages where people diagnosed with Hanson s Disease Leprosy live In the main they live apart from other communities due to the age old stigma attached to Hansen s which is a largely manageable and treatable condition A huge amount of work has been done here to provide housing and income generating activities for families here Schools and projects built in the area now aid integration and the health of individuals living in the areas has vastly improved Support is needed now to assist further with income generation A Cooperative made up of women from the area who are also HIV positive has been established These women following training now make and sell products on the side of the road to feed their families We need 3000 to buy a steel container to set up a proper shop for them in the centre of the market The Government has pledged the land If anyone can help please let me know The last area I visited was probably the poorest Bonga is a place that is located approximately three hours from Jima on a dirt track It is a small village located in an area akin to rainforest in the south of Ethiopia Whilst at first glance it looks so green and productive the area is actually affected by what is locally called green famine The area is significantly over populated the land has become infertile due to overuse and education and access to fertilizers etc is minimal Health is a huge issue here The nearest doctor is in Jima 3 hours by 4wd In the last year alone 90 women have died in childbirth through lack of access to transport to hospital There is a sense of hopelessness here that I have never felt before People are poor and devoid of energy The concept of work is only linked to the land I saw children with distended stomachs crying with hunger a bag of bones which it took some time to realise was another human life and people on the side of the road begging and filthy who when were offered money for work did not have the energy to move from where they were It is so hard here as people have become dependent on the land which is as exhausted as the people and on handouts I felt overwhelmed by the poverty Amongst this there is still amazing work happening an Australian lady has organised for about 200 children to be sponsored has built a school in a remote area two days by donkey and has made connections with medical professionals in Jima We travelled back to Jima fully laden with people who were going to get to see an eye specialist the miracle of sight There is also a women s development project and a kindergarten here Maybe all we can do is provide support with education here even if it is just a drop in the ocean I need to think and reflect on what is sustainable but I have to do something So I find myself back in Ireland having my usual feeling of things being not quite right reading about the threat of yet another food shortage in Ethiopia in the papers I want to thank all of the volunteers and customers of Chic Cheerful whose help and support are changing lives the Daughters for their tireless commitment to those who most need it and most of all the Ethiopian people themselves I have been blessed in the last three weeks to share their humility their joy and their struggles Emma x Back to Top Love SHACK Newsletter Dec 09 On December 1 2009 Latest News Be the change you would wish to see in the World Ghandi is a quote that summarises much of the Love Shack ethos and is therefore on prominent display in our fantastic Love Shack Charity Shop in Kenya We opened in May and within the first few days a Young Mum came in with her Daughter The girl read the quote then asked her mum what does it mean Her mum replied if you want the world to be good you should do good things to help That alone made opening the shop worthwhile but I am delighted to report that thanks to Sue Lane the Irish Society of Kenya the stock donations we have received and the support of our friends and customers our shop is proving a great success A major aspect of this success is also thanks to the Adam Family for allowing us to operate rent free Within 4 months of opening we have be able to pay school fees for 30 Secondary School students Students sponsored by Love Shack Charity Shop We are breaking ground this month on a Baby School for the children of Teenage Mums Starting small we hope to enrol 10 15 infants of teen mum s from the slums provide holistic day care for the children and parenting education to their Mothers Once the mothers have shown commitment to their children they will be rewarded by being given the chance to return to school attend a course seek employment or establish a business depending on their aptitude 1st Intake of Teen Mums Poverty in the slums is on the rise due to poor governance inflation and unemployment Many young girls are forced into sex in order to provide food and rent for their families Uncles that have been kind to a family often coerce young girls to be kind in return Some girls marry young to escape the hardships at home only to find themselves in the same situation with a negligent husband and inevitably a baby to care for Many of these girls are orphans and their babies are incredibly vulnerable We will not therefore charge school fees but will ask the mothers to bring 20 litres of water per day The water will then be used for laundering the school uniforms that will remain in the school Many children sleep in their uniforms as it may be the only clothes they have It could be argued that giving such young children a uniform is a waste of resources but for many Kenyan children it is the only thing they can truly call theirs and they are in turn incredibly proud to put it on The water brought by the mothers will also be used to wash any children that may need bathing and also the utensils from the school meals that we hope to provide Clean drinking cooking water will be purchased separately Health screening will be frequently conducted and treatment provided for sick children So before a child even reaches their class they will have had a bath clean clothes breakfast a health check and a cuddle Once complete our school will be sustained by our charity shop in Kenya and the continued support of Friends of Love Shack That s you x It s never too late to get involved and your support would be greatly appreciated To date this project has largely been funded by the South Africa Woman s Association SAWA The British High Commission Kenya Breaburn Primary School Marathon Runner Adrian Poynter and Love Shack UK funds raised by my Dad family friend Hazel Gosling So many generous individuals are also supporting our school and it is growing day by day There is so much to say about this project that it will fill a newsletter in itself Thus I will write again in the New Year thanking everyone that made it possible and report on what it took to get there My excuse for not writing sooner other than being busy busy busy is that I have had mixed feeling regarding what to report about Kenya in recent months I haven t wanted to be negative and don t want to delve to too deeply into the politics because that really is depressing I do however feel that some insight into the country s chaos may help to understand the struggles the people face In raising my children I see how quickly they follow my lead good or bad It seems the heads of states are no different A friend of mine recently returned from Asia where she experienced honest people amidst a good infrastructure headed by an effective government Kenyan Government on the other hand is awash with dishonesty bribes corruption and impunity and that precedent largely disseminate into society A great number of people I meet lie and try to cheat others as a means of self preservation and such conduct is to my continued astonishment largely tolerated Poor access and standards of education limit the skills people can acquire so many are self taught in whatever they turn their hand to carpenter electrician mechanic hairdresser midwife The pattern I have observed is that those with absolutely no skills to draw upon appoint themselves as Pastors Within the slum there must be 100 churches 20ft square tin shacks with a congregation of six and the congregation still hands over what little they have to the pastor Love shack charity shop Adams Arcade The contractor that built the love Shack charity shop told me he was skilled yet within the first three days there wasn t a straight angle in the place it looked like it had been built by Dr Seuss The electrician that left a huge hole in my kitchen wall told me that he was qualified And the hairdresser that gave me the worst of haircut of my life promised me that she had cut Caucasian hair before The first thing my daughter said was Mummy you look like a boy A few weeks later I had to describe myself on the phone to someone I was meeting for the first time I asked my daughter for help in this and she said Mrs Doubtfire Robin Williams in drag After a few sessions of repeat after me An ge lin a Jo lie she now knows the correct response to this question but her previous answers give you some idea of what an outrageous liar the hairdresser was I am still in recovery Endemic in Kenya is the impunity the tilt of the head and silent grin I got from the electrician when I said you can t just leave that hole in that wall is no different to the what ya gonna do about it attitude the government has on grafting money and living large while a quarter of the population are starving to death children are begging selling sex on the streets 60 of the people in Nairobi live in slums and every day people die for the sake of a mosquito net or a paracetamol to ebb a fever Driving in Kenya is another law unto itself The driving test involves a theory component that include driving a toy car around a model town and demonstrating how you would go about parking in the space directly adjacent to a zebra crossing or give way while on a roundabout to those entering from your left For the practical test 30 learners are given the same 8am appointment and then all loaded onto a truck despite having taken their

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