Dolls - hand–made by female victims of trafficking in Cyprus – are without doubt unique gifts or keepsakes. Essentially, the proceeds from sales help the women to pay rent and buy necessities while waiting for their cases to be resolved. During 2013, seventy-two dolls have been sold in Bahrain. Five remain to be given to expatriate children in hospital who might not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.
The “home” for this successful community outreach project is St Paul’s Cathedral in Nicosia. As St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain is twinned with St Paul’s, this project has been an excellent way to develop the link, among the cathedral communities and beyond. At the recent St. Christopher’s School Christmas Fayre in Bahrain the dolls touched the hearts and minds of many, including one American lady who bought five, has air-mailed them to the USA as Christmas gifts, and has ordered ten more because she is so keen to support the cause.