Arts Training for 50 Orphaned Youth in Kroo Bay

by Arts Education International

Summary

Kroo Bay, the largest slum in Sierra Leone, is home to some of the most disenfranchised children in the world. Built on a giant landfill, children scour through heaps of garbage searching for scraps of metal or plastic to sell. Our program will provide vocational training workshops in batik fabric-dyeing, t-shirt and sign stencil printing, crochet, and embroidery for 50 orphaned youth in Kroo Bay. These workshops will provide the children with the materials and skills they need to survive.
$5,295
total raised
77
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

If you visit Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone, you might easily initially mistake it for a common landfill. The thousands of small shanty houses are nearly camouflaged by the seemingly endless heaps of garbage. There are thousands of children here, many of whom are living on their own, scouring the heaps of trash for plastic bags they can sell on the street, abandoned by drug-addicted parents or orphaned by the devastating civil war. They cannot afford school fees and have no opportunity for education.

Solution

Our arts training program will provide 50 orphaned youth with 3 critical opportunities they desperately need: 1) the opportunity to be educated 2) a connection with mentor teachers 3) a path to career advancement and economic sustainability. We focus on skills training in artistic vocational disciplines with high profit margins, focusing on products that are indispensable to the communities we serve including batik fabric (used for dress, infant-carrying, and furnishing) and stencil printing.

Long-Term Impact

Our workshops create jobs, foster new industry, and create opportunity in the communities we serve. We hope to break the cycle of generational poverty and fight the stigma and desperation faced by orphaned and abandoned children in Kroo Bay. Furthermore, we hope that this program, like other programs we have initiated in Sierra Leone, will empower orphaned youth to become leaders and mentors for the next generation of orphaned and abandoned children in their communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Homepage for Arts Education International
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AEI Blog

Organization Information

Arts Education International

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.artseducationinternational.org
Project Leader:
Sarah Geller
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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