Huge Patchwork Quilt created by Refugee Children and Schools of Sanctuary


WP_20160419_11_14_52_ProSchools of Sanctuary get together with Refugee children to create a huge patchwork entitled ‘What is Home?’rk quilt created by Bradford and Syrian refugee children has been given a permanent home in City Hall.

It was created through a joint project with Schools of Sanctuary and the Bradford-based international charity Human Relief Foundation (HRF). The project was between five Bradford schools, Bradford City of Sanctuary and Sewing Bradford.

The banner, measuring 4.5 metres by 2.5 metres, was unveiled at a ceremony at the home of Bradford Council by council leader David Green and council chief executive Kersten England.

Pupils at Copthorne Primary, Grange Technology College, Horton Grange Primary, Lidget Green Primary and St Oswald’s Primary all contributed to the patchwork, drawing pictures of what comes to mind when they think of their home.

Young refugees in Jordan did the same when they were visited by the HRF in 2014, and their patches were brought back to Bradford, where they were put together by Sewing Bradford. Sarah Gate, who was HRF’s media manager during the visit, said seeing the children’s draw made her very emotional. She said: “The first time I went to Jordan, I saw what drove them out of Syria and their situation was quite emotional, and I can’t imagine it has got any better.

“Some of the things they were drawing, of war and weapons, were quite traumatic, some of them needed psychological support which they would never get”.


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