Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund

Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund is a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to helping Vietnamese children and families in need. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for young students through our art and music programs, as well as providing support for them and their families.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund
38 Asa Pond Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
United States
401-783-6393
http://www.rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org

Board of Directors

Sara Nerone, John Shadeck, Patrick O'Brien, Betsy Rosengarden, Dana Filippini, Tami Silva

Project Leaders

Sara Nerone

Mission

Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund is a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to helping Vietnamese children and families in need. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for young students through our art and music programs, as well as providing support for them and their families.

Programs

Dream of Art Program-Our goal is to provide free art instruction to under-served students in Vietnam. We wish to give an alternate voice to young students outside of their difficult home lives. We hope that these students will work freely in art and then find ways to apply this to their individual lives. Through art and expression, we hope to help students find their own voice and to observe the world around them. Tuan's Music Program- In 2011, the family and founder of Rock-Paper Scissors Children's Fund spent 7 months living in Vietnam, volunteering on aid projects. During their stay, they met a young man working at a local orphanage who dreamed of having a career as a musician. Growing up with a heart condition that prevented him from attending school, Tuan spent his free time learning to play the piano, guitar, flute and other instruments. His dream had always been to work with kids and teach music. Following violin lessons for 7 months from one of the young volunteers, and a small donation that allowed Tuan to purchase 10 violins, he opened a music school that he runs out of his family's home in Cam Duc, Vietnam. Tuan provides young, disadvantaged students free violin lessons. This little school has become very popular in the town and is giving a small group of kids the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument. All of the kids now play in a string ensemble, performing at the local church and orphanage. We are in the process of expanding this project by opening a small music school in Hue Vietnam. Traditional Artist and Musician Workshops-The Dream of Art School project supports art classes for 100 students living at the House of Love Hoa Yen Orphanage in Cam Duc Village, Vietnam and 300 students attending the Cam Hai Village community elementary school. Tuan's music school, also in Cam Duc Village, provides stringed instruments and instruction to students from poor families. As the tourist industry grows in Vietnam, more and more hotels and tourist sites are employing musicians and artisans to demonstrate traditional Vietnamese culture. This provides opportunity for employment for young artists and musicians. Music and art workshops will be held for students living in poverty in rural Vietnam providing opportunities for them to learn from adult musicians and artists who practice the traditional and classical art forms of Vietnam. Musical Workshops will include demonstration by professional musicians of traditional instruments such as lutes, zithers and vertical violins. The Artist Workshops will include artisan techniques such as calligraphy, silk painting, paper cutting, and wood block prints. These workshops will expose the students to the traditional arts, as well as provide education on the importance of maintaining cultural traditions. The hope is to also help the students learn about potential employment opportunities and to make connections with professional artisans.Bike to School Program- In Vietnam, a bicycle is one of the main ways children get to school. If they do not have a bicycle, they walk, and often times they walk great distances to get to school. A child who has a quick, reliable way to school is less likely to drop out of school at an early age to assist with family chores or to care for siblings. This is especially true if the child lives far away from the school. Time spent traveling to a school three to eight kilometers (1.8 to 4.8 miles) away can leave a child with little time for studying or helping out at home. Our Bike to School Program works to ensure that school children have the means to travel to and from school safely, attend school regularly, and receive their right to education.

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