December 24, 2017

Last Thursday, Pass the Crayon attended WelcomeBazaar; an amazing Christmas market hosted by our friends at WelcomeCamp, Media Residents and Refugees Welcome.

December 24, 2017

A few weeks ago Pass the Crayon attended the re-opening of the Delphi Theatre: a wonderful retro space, with serious Roaring Twenties vibes....

December 12, 2017

By ratifying the term 'refugee', as defined by the UN Refugee Convention, we are creating a hierarchy of needs, with refugees at the top, and below, a growing underclass of 'non-refugees' who are left to rot in decrepit and unsanitary migrant camps for years, or face being sent back to unstable and dangerous countries- What about their rights?

December 10, 2017

The treatment of the Rohingya people is one of the greatest human rights atrocities of recent times. Over half a million Rohingya refugees have been forced to flee to Bangladesh in the wake of mass slaughter and destruction of their homes, on a scale analogous with 'ethnic cleansing'. This leads us all to question: How did this start, and why? Pass the Crayon volunteer, Aggie Andrews, explores these questions in her article.

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Since August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingya people have been forced to leave their homes to escape the persecution of the Myanmar army. Extreme violence is reported to have taken place within the Rhakine State, resulting in the Rohingya travelling via foot or boat to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh. 

Before this violence ensued the Rohingya were living amongst other ethnic groups in the Rhakine state on the West coast in Myanmar. The Rohingya people have been specifically targeted out of many groups, raising the...

December 9, 2017

We are sure you have all been missing your weekly dose of crafty goodness. But dry your tears because Art Idea of the Week is back with a festive BANG!

Yes, grab the mince pies, the Yorkshire puds and the industrial-sized bottle of Jack Daniels (honey flavour ofc)-- cos Christmas is here!

But before the festivities can truly commence, you have a lot of preparations to make.... Including festooning your home with twee decorations!

But the chocolate reindeer and gold-sprayed fir cones are so passé- Why not try something new? Something rustic? Something recycled!?

With that being said, we proudly present our PTC Festive Art Idea of the Week: Recycled Christmas Tree Decorations!

These free-standing paper trees are perfect for decorating a mantel piece, or table top. They are lightweight, 100% recyclable, and look damn cute. 

This craft is extremely easy and a great one to do with kids, providing they receive help with the stapling part and of course use child-friendly scissors


December 5, 2017

**Disclaimer: this is a satirical quiz. Each character group depicted herein is a stereotype of itself. With that being said, this personality quiz should provide you with a rough guide to some of the main categories of volunteering, and help you decide which one is right for you. Apologies in advance to anyone who has been on a gap year… you will probably be offended.**

With an ever-expanding non-profit sector, and an increasing number of keen beans wanting to give back to the community, now is the perfect time to seize the Malarone and get volunteering!

But there are thousands of volunteering roles out there, and the question is: Which one is right for you?

We have devised a fun little quiz to help you decide what type of volunteering best suits you. We have also listed some NGOs for each category that would likely fit your passions and personality.

Answer the eight questions listed below, and whichever letter (a,b,c,d,e) you pick the most corresponds to your optimum volun...

December 1, 2017

Would you rather be a tiger, or a refugee? What are 'borders', and should they even exist? What is 'flow', and how can it help us understand migration? Art supremo Ai Weiwei explores these questions, and plenty more, in his powerful debut documentary, Human Flow.

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, there were only 11 countries with border walls. Now, 30 years later, 70 countries around the world have built border walls. At the same time, we see more people on the move than ever before. Every day, 34,000 people flee their homes, travelling thousands of miles across land and sea in search of safety. In total, there are 65 million displaced people worldwide. This is human flow. 

Ai Weiwei’s new documentary, ‘Human Flow’, fluctuates from the visceral to the surreal. Featuring footage from 23 different countries, including Bangladesh, Iraq, Mexico, Kenya and Afghanistan, Ai Weiwei attempts to capture the scale of the ‘refugee crisis’, the sheer volume of human movement that we are seeing, a...

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