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Mega Mela 2015

Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
Setting up the stall
The Gift Giving team setting up
The Gift Giving team setting up
Dr Amna Khan and one of our volunteers
Dr Amna Khan and one of our volunteers
Safwan organising the surveys
Safwan organising the surveys
Dr Amna Khan getting the stall set up
Dr Amna Khan getting the stall set up
The Gift Giving team in action
The Gift Giving team in action
Costas, Lucinda, Mateen and Safinha!
Costas, Lucinda, Mateen and Safinha!
More of the team
More of the team
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
The team getting ready to hand out the flyers!
The team getting ready to hand out the flyers!
The team getting ready to hand out the flyers!
The team getting ready to hand out the flyers!
More of the team
More of the team
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
More of the team
More of the team
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Tamara getting the children involved
Tamara getting the children involved
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Lucinda reading to the kids
Tamara having a listen to the storybook
Tamara having a listen to the storybook
Nabila helping with filling out surveys
Nabila helping with filling out surveys
Our very own Steven Spielberg!
Our very own Steven Spielberg!
Safwan refilling the surveys
Safwan refilling the surveys
Participants filling out surveys
Participants filling out surveys
Interested onlookers
Interested onlookers
Interested onlookers
Interested onlookers
Fahmida getting ready to hand out leaflets
Fahmida getting ready to hand out leaflets
Volunteers
Volunteers
The raffle tickets being prepped before the raffle draw
The raffle tickets being prepped before the raffle draw
The prizes being prepped before the raffle draw
The prizes being prepped before the raffle draw
The prizes being prepped before the raffle draw
The prizes being prepped before the raffle draw
Naveeda helping out with the surveys
Naveeda helping out with the surveys
Lucinda reading to the children
Lucinda reading to the children
Tamara and an interviewee
Tamara and an interviewee
Nabila helping out with the surveys
Nabila helping out with the surveys
Lucinda reading to the children
Lucinda reading to the children
Lucinda reading to the children
Lucinda reading to the children
The storybook and the timetable on display
The storybook and the timetable on display
The storybook and the timetable on display
The storybook and the timetable on display
The team in full flow
The team in full flow
Tamara interviewing our second interviewee of the day
Tamara interviewing our second interviewee of the day
Lucinder asking the children questions about the storybook
Lucinder asking the children questions about the storybook
Lucinda reading to the children
Lucinda reading to the children
Tamara explaining the project
Tamara explaining the project
Fahmida having a read of the book
Fahmida having a read of the book
Interested onlookers reading the book
Interested onlookers reading the book
Brother Imtiaz having a look at his character in the storybook
Brother Imtiaz having a look at his character in the storybook
Rahbaan having chat with brother Imtiaz
Rahbaan having chat with brother Imtiaz
Rahbaan having chat with brother Imtiaz
Rahbaan having chat with brother Imtiaz
A lucky winner
A lucky winner
Safwan handing out surveys
Safwan handing out surveys
Safwan handing out surveys
Safwan handing out surveys
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Day 2 of the Mega Mela
Rahbaan and Costas having chat with brother Imtiaz
Rahbaan and Costas having chat with brother Imtiaz
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
Children taking part in activities
The storybook laid out
The storybook laid out
The storybook laid out
The storybook laid out
The storybook laid out
The storybook laid out

Mega Mela Preparation

Cheeky flex
Costas working on the preparations for the Mela
The final leaflets ready for distribution (Thanks to Abbass)
The final leaflets ready for distribution (Thanks to Abbass)
The leaflets ready for distribution
The leaflets ready for distribution
Some props for the stall
Some props for the stall
Costas holding up a completed goody bag
Costas holding up a completed goody bag
More props and supplies for the Mega Mela
More props and supplies for the Mega Mela
All the boxes ready for Saturday morning!
All the boxes ready for Saturday morning!
The first hard copy of our children's storybook!
The first hard copy of our children’s storybook!
Dr Amna Khan and Costas composing an email
Dr Amna Khan and Costas composing an email
Dr Amna Khan sending some last minute emails
Dr Amna Khan sending some last minute emails

Everything you need to know – June 2015

June was filled with tasks directed towards Mega Mela. Volunteers were present almost every day and helped the interns produce relevant material for the Mega Mela event (leaflets, posters and schedules for the two days of the event). Ten posters were designed by the volunteers and interns. The posters’ purpose was to promote the gift-giving project at the day of the event and to attract people to visit the gift-giving stall. Moreover, the leaflets promoting the project were finalised and prepared for distribution.

One of the most important tasks of this month was to meet with Anna, the storybook designer. She provided the team with updates on the storybook and an idea of how the storybook would look like.

Anna the storybook designer and the gift-giving project team
Anna the storybook designer and the gift-giving project team
Design of posters for the Mega Mela
Design of posters for the Mega Mela

 

Everything you need to know – May 2015

The people who expressed their interest in taking part in the project at the Insights event were contacted to see whether they were willing to provide an interview. Moreover, two focus groups took place with the purpose of preparing promotional material for the Mega Mela event in July.

Focus group meeting with Naveeda, Safwan and Safina
Focus group meeting with Naveeda, Safwan and Safina

 

Everything you need to know – April 2015

The first half of April was taken up by Easter holidays. After Easter break, the Insights event took place in order to raise awareness for the project and gather more respondents and volunteers interested in taking part in the Gift-Giving project. Approximately sixty respondents expressed their interest in the project, whether by providing an interview or helping with secondary tasks.

Dr Amna Khan at the Insights event
Dr Amna Khan at the Insights event

 

Everything you need to know – March 2015

The Gift-Giving Project team formulated a pitch that was send to the English Department of MMU as it expressed its interest in being involved with the storybook design and writing of stories. Also, the team engaged in activities that had to do with the planning of an Insights event that was scheduled to take place in April.

Rahbaan and Naveeda planning the Insights event
Rahbaan and Naveeda planning the Insights event

 

Everything you need to know – February 2015

Focus group meetings with volunteers were held on three separate occasions. The topics discussed included designing promotional material for the Mega Mela such as leaflets and posters and the progress of the storybook was also discussed. Additionally, the interns were given the opportunity to manage the project in the absence of Dr Amna Khan by leading and organising these focus group meetings.

Volunteers developing material for the Mega Mela
Volunteers developing material for the Mega Mela

 

Everything you need to know – November 2014

A Thank You event took place to show our gratitude to the respondents who took part in the project this far. From the Thank You event, we grasped the opportunity to gather potential volunteers as well. MMU X-Change was also conducted to help us gather additional volunteers. Informational documents were also created to help volunteers working on the transcription of interviews.

Thank You event taking place at MMU Business School
Thank You event taking place at MMU Business School