The Escapė (Es-ca-fork out) Ebook Club is web hosting its Easter Apparel Drive, accepting new and used outfits in fantastic situation, that will go to the Mahaica Children’s Home.
Already, the members of the ebook club are sorting luggage of apparel that have been donated to assure that they are in right situation. The club will be accepting donations until finally April 17 as distribution has been established for April 24.
At present, the Mahaica dwelling is giving treatment for ladies aged 13-19, two six-month-aged child boys and a just one-year-aged female.
“We chose this residence primarily based on the ask for of 1 of the users who life nearby…. She felt that there was a lack of donations heading to the house due to the fact [most people donate] to households in [Georgetown] as a substitute of spots that are a bit more away. We are amassing any new or utilised garments in excellent situation to contribute. Together with the contribution from our users and their pals and people, we acquired an frustrating response from persons who reached out to us by using Fb and e-mail. We are very delighted with the result,” mentioned founder of Escapé Guide Club, Sameerah Mohamed-Ferouz.
Sameerah, who was born and raised in New York, moved to Guyana very last 12 months. With the pandemic having a toll on people’s psychological overall health, she needed to offer a sanctuary for folks who share her enthusiasm for examining.
Using on these types of difficulties was absolutely nothing new to Sameerah, who had usually been constructively occupied with cultural and social extracurricular activities increasing up, like currently being on cheerleading teams, in a sorority and volunteering.
“… I considered about what I seen there was a deficiency of and what there was a need for. As you know, the pandemic has experienced an impact on psychological health all over the world and there was minimal conversation around the globe. I toyed with a couple tips as to how [I can] make a variance in the life of persons who could possibly be emotion lonely, bored or fed up with becoming shut in. [The pandemic] was getting to me [also, as] I was accustomed to a fast-paced lifestyle and it was not effortless settling in Guyana in the course of this interval. I wanted to help people today in very similar cases [but] in a COVID-safe and sound space. I started out to think about [the things] I relished. I constantly enjoyed looking at textbooks rising up, having said that everyday living had gotten so chaotic that I hadn’t gotten the prospect to sit down and indulge in 1 for a while. [That’s when the idea came to me],” recalled Sameerah.
She intended the club to be inclusive. On the other hand, so considerably only women of all ages have joined. At existing, there are seven users but this is expected to boost shortly.
With associates residing along the West and East Demerara as perfectly as Georgetown, there are a number of fall off spots for donations of apparel.
This is the 2nd of two projects carried out due to the fact the club was founded past year. The 1st was a holiday reward drive which provided publications, toys and hampers to the young children at the Guyana Pink Cross Children’s Property by way of the type donations of folks and quite a few providers.
The club meets after a month there are themed potlucks on the very first Sunday of every month or the second Sunday if the 1st occurs to be a getaway. The club has also engaged in a candlelight vigil hosted by the Guyana Most cancers Basis in observance of Breast Most cancers Recognition Thirty day period final Oct as very well as its Substantial Tea and Fashion Display fundraiser. Participating in these pursuits has led to Sameerah volunteering for the foundation she assisted in the most current professional medical outreach on the East Bank Demerara.
The ebook club’s motto is ‘Let us embark on a journey of escaping by indulging ourselves in all kinds of publications, discussions, and of class a excellent latte! We read to Escapé actuality, even so at the exact time, we go through to ensure a actuality we know is there, but which we have not expert.’
“I arrived up with this motto as perfectly as the title for the reason that personally, when I read, I forget about in which I am. I get lost in the novel that I am looking at, and I embody the characters. On the other hand, looking at helps make me see all the alternatives there are in the world. It opens a new perspective in each individual e book that I pick up. It reveals me that I have no limits,” Sameerah stated.
Each month the club decides on a distinct style which outcomes in customers getting novels of that genre to the assembly. The associates then vote on the book they wish to read and the just one with the most votes gets to be the e book of that thirty day period. Sameerah ensures that PDF variations of the e book are obtainable to the customers. At times they also get the author of the ebook concerned, an event they generally look ahead to.
“I test my greatest to get as numerous alternatives as I can [for our] members. I want them to expertise fantastic things. 1 interesting impending celebration that we have is a Zoom meeting with the author of our February e book. This will be the 3rd time assembly an creator. We previously have t-shirts, we are awaiting another merchandise product, tote bags and we are [also] preparing for our one particular year anniversary celebration,” enthused Sameerah. A single of the most important ambitions is working on members’ psychological wellness and finding their true selves. The users are currently performing affirmation workshops.
A further aim is to give back to the local community and as such they prepare to host two to three charitable occasions per year.
The club is open to adults 25 many years or more mature.
To donate to the apparel drive, associates of the club can be arrived at via electronic mail: [email protected] or the Facebook web page Escapé Guide Club.