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The story behind 100 hula hoops for children in Lombok

To give joy to children in Lombok as part of the post-disaster trauma relief, a group of similar minded people joined together to donate their support, teachings and hula hoops!

Supporting people of Lombok

The people and buildings of Lombok and the Gilis are slowly recovering from large earthquakes last year in July and August. Over 500 people were killed, over 1000 people were injured, and homes, schools and facilities were destroyed or damaged. Not only is Lombok continuing to heal itself, but the people affected need support in healing from the trauma that this devastation has caused.   

To help the children that have been affected NGOs have and continue to support. The Train of Joy was created after the earthquakes to provide trauma relief programmes and emergency educational services.

CircusAid, founded by Jill Maglio, travels the world to support the relief from mental anguish while helping build resilience through engagement in circus arts. They have been in Lombok since January to support in trauma healing after the earthquakes.

We at the Soraya Foundation and our volunteers have and continue to raise donations, we provide support in education and provide weekly sessions of circus classes to aid in trauma relief.

Giving joy to the children of Lombok

CircusAid and the Soraya Foundation was most recently supported by The Fiery Pixies, Manta Dive Gili Air and Slow Villas & Spa to give back and support the kids. It was a magical moment that saw people with the same mission come together to spread joy, love and much more through circus.

Giving joy to the children of Lombok

CircusAid and the Soraya Foundation was most recently supported by The Fiery Pixies, Manta Dive Gili Air and Slow Villas & Spa to give back and support the kids. It was a magical moment that saw people with the same mission come together to spread joy, love and much more through circus.

How does circus support people?

Circus activities are able to provide therapeutic and educational practices. This increases and promotes independence in the abilities to meet the well-being needs, self-care, leisure and productivity goals. For children in particular circus promotes health and fitness through staying active, and mental well-being through happiness and being part of a group.

The Fiery Pixies coaching children in Lombok

The Hula hoop donation mission!

A kitchen in Gili Air (an island off from Lombok) was turned into a hula hoop factory! The hoops were made out of plastic hose wire by the team. The next day, these 100 hoops were transported by boat and car to Lombok by the team.

Shouniez from the Fiery Pixies
Some of the hula hoop team!
Shaheen and Shouniez Van Der Schyff – The Fiery Pixies
Julie Thonnard – Slow Villas & Spa
Lukas Reimer

During the 100 hoops offering, the team visited The Train of Joy with the offering of the hoops.

The Fiery Pixies and CircusAid did what they do best and brought smiles and laughter to the kids with their tricks and teachings. An uplifting environment was created for the children for them to relax and be free!

They have been taught how to play with the hoops individually and together so that they can continue practising and gain the benefits through staying active.

Check out the beautiful moment for yourself …

Thank you to the children for welcoming the team with your pure spirits and beautiful smiles.

Thanks to everyone who supported 100 hoops!

Big thanks from Soraya Foundation goes to:

Jill Maglio  – CircusAid

Shaheen Van Der Schyff – The Fiery Pixies

Shouniez Van Der Schyff – The Fiery Pixies

Vojta Stolbenko – Vojta’s Flow Arts Videos

Lukas Reimer

Manta Dive Gili Air

Ellie

Meta Medd

Gabe Knox Monson

Lucia Stewart

Lauren Shepherd

Camp malack

Mollies beach

How can you help Lombok earthquake relief?

Lombok’s people can not be forgotten. The communities need support for daily living, coping through the trauma and rebuilding the island.

There are many ways that you can help, through volunteering, donating, fund raisers, or even just spreading the word, so that more people are aware of the situation.

Please see our ways you can get involved section. https://sorayafoundation.com/get-involved/donate/

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