In 2013 I went to Haiti to volunteer at the Sai Baba Centre which provides nutritious meals to over 2000 children living in camps in and around Port-au-Prince. When it was time for me to leave after a month – I knew I would one day return to volunteer again!
So when I was elected as UAL ACS President (University of the Arts London African Caribbean Society), I took up the opportunity to fundraise for myself and members to volunteer in Haiti this summer. We successfully raised £650 of which £267 was sent to the centre in December to organise a festive party for the children (click link for pics http://wp.me/p53GGa-Wm). We’ll be taking our skills from Art School to the camps of Port-au-Prince to give children arts and crafts workshops. It doesn’t stop there! Many of the children left homeless from the 2010 earthquake do not attend school. The designs the children make will be produced into merchandise (hand-printed tote bags, mugs, note books etc) which will be sold and the money goes towards school fees. It’s our way of using art to make a change!
Summer seemed like a long way away when we started fundraising, however it’s caught up with us. So without reaching our goal I was faced with 3 options: postpone the trip, cancel the trip… or find a way to push forward and raise enough money to go! And knowing me, when I put my mind on doing something I have to see it through!
I’m asking for your help to reach our goal of £1500 which will part cover travel costs, arts and crafts materials to give workshops to children living in camps. Anything extra we raise goes to the Sai Baba Centre which helps 2000 children get a nutritious meal a day. You can find out more by searching “Haiti” on my blog.
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Thank you for your generosity. #Art4ChangeHaiti
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