Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children

by Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund
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Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
Art Mentorship for Poor Vietnamese Children
RPS Art Student
RPS Art Student

Dear Friends,

In May, I traveled to Vietnam to work on some of our programs there for two weeks and to visit and meet with our teachers. Our three art programs are going very well, supporting around 75 kids year round and many more in the summer months. Our program in Cam Duc, Vietnam, where we first started in 2013 supports 45 students who come to our little house on a side street in the town to take art classes and/or music classes. They have a great time together not only as students but as friends and supporters of one another outside of our classes.

Over the last six months, we have had a few new high school students join our program to be trained technically to take the college entrance exam to attend art school, post-high-school. They are all incredibly talented. A high school student from Rhode Island, who will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in September, traveled with me to Vietnam in May to teach art classes and take part in our bikes for girls program. Abbey spent time teaching technique in portrait drawing to our older students, and as you can see from the photos, they are all very talented. While we were there in May, we enjoyed holding extra art classes for our students in free color drawing, collage, and watercolor.

This year we are hoping to raise some additional money to be able to bring a well know French, female mural artist to Vietnam for two weeks to work with our students. Danae lives in Taiwan now and has done mural projects with kids around the world. We would love to have her work with us and will be raising the money to support her travel to Vietnam and a small stipend, the project will cost around $3000. As part of the project, we hope to select 3-4 college-age, Vietnamese, female artists to come and work on the project along-side Danae to learn how to develop murals and work with children on large art installations like this.

Thank you so much for your help and thank you to those of you who have chosen to provide a monthly, recurring donation, this is something that makes such a difference to us, that we can count on this monthly income to continue to buy art supplies and support our wonderful teachers.

Best to all of you and thank you for your loving support of our kids and of course, my family and our venture to share love through art in the world.

Sara

Abbey volunteering in Vietnam.
Abbey volunteering in Vietnam.
Abbey working with our kids in Son Tan Village
Abbey working with our kids in Son Tan Village

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Son Tan Village Art Class
Son Tan Village Art Class

Dear Friends,

This is just a quick note to let you all know that the children you have supported as part of our art program in Vietnam are doing so well! We have 70 children who continue to come and take part in our community-based art classes, to share their joy as young artists and work together as friends. Each student takes classes with us a few days each week all year long, and spends even more time during the summers. All of the children are becoming amazing young artists, and you have helped to provide a place for them to have fun and share in the experience of being creative.

I’ve attached some recent photos of our students from one of the villages that we work in. The families in this village unfortunately endure very difficult living conditions. We always wish that we could do more for them, but we come back to education as one way that we are able to help. This year, thanks to a few, wonderful donors we have been able to sponsor five students from our art class in the village, to continue on through school. This is a challenging task considering the children must move away from home to attend 6th-12th grade because there are no schools nearby that will take ethnic minority children. We are happy to let you know the five kids are doing well in the school and that they are at the top of their class. In 2019 we hope to find a few more sponsors to help send more of our students to school from the village. The sponsorships are $50 each month, so please let me know if this might be something you are interested in.

Finally, a bit more news! In January a wonderful young woman held a fundraiser in Ho Chi Minh City for our arts program; she named the fundraiser, the Lotus Art Project, and involved a number of Vietnamese artists who donated a percentage of their sales at a one night art event. Stefanie and her mom luckily had the opportunity to travel up to Khanh Hoa and meet all of kids, which was great fun for everyone.

We are interested in new art projects to do with the kids, so if you have any great ideas, please email us: info@rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org And we are always in need of paint brushes and small art supplies that can be carried to Vietnam in a suitcase!

Thank you again for supporting our students in Vietnam, you donations are what make this all happen!

Sara

Lotus Art Project Visiting Rock-Paper-Scissors
Lotus Art Project Visiting Rock-Paper-Scissors
Son Tan Village Art
Son Tan Village Art

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Trang at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts
Trang at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

Dear Friends,

We hope that everyone is doing well as we head through January and into February already!

First of all, thank you to those of you who donated to our art program in Vietnam during the holiday fundraiser throughout December, it is a great relief to know that we can go into the new year with funding for our kids! And of course thank you so much to all of you who continue to support us annually and monthly, your recurring donations are such a great help and assurance to us!

I wanted to share with you that Trang, one of our past art students who continues to work for us in the summer months while she is in college, has been awarded a full annual scholarship to the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts for two years. She is currently a junior there and continues to be the top student in the program! We are so excited for Trang.

In other great news for Trang, a wonderful person contacted us a few months ago and wanted to hold a fundraiser in Vietnam to sell artist’s work to raise money for our music and art programs. The fundraiser took place last Friday night and was a great success and a number of paintings were sold, including one of Trang’s! We are so excited for her. Her artwork was not only sold, but displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Saigon along with many professional and well-known artists from Vietnam and other countries! Here is Trang and her work!

Thank you all for supporting our students like Trang. You have been instrumental in changing her life.

Sara

Painting on silk by RPS Student, Trang
Painting on silk by RPS Student, Trang
Painting on silk
Painting on silk
Oil painting of the city
Oil painting of the city
Oil painting of a picnic
Oil painting of a picnic

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Dear Friends of Our Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art Program,

We hope that everyone is doing well as we head into winter! Time has flown by, and we are almost through another year. That being said, we want to share with you a couple of great things that took place in Vietnam while we were there this summer. We were especially lucky to meet Christine, a mural artist from Kentucky who came along with us on the trip this year.

Christine wanted to do a community mural project with the kids and our staff. The whole project took about three weeks, from first creating the design on paper with the input of our local staff and summer volunteers, sketching it on the wall, having the kids paint it, and Christine spending about a week putting on the final touches!

The photo above is of the main wall of the mural with some of our students in front of it, and the rest of the photos are of the kids painting. The woman pictured represents all Vietnamese women, strong, beautiful and powerful. As you can see the woman in the painting is wearing a phoenix around her neck, and according to Vietnamese belief, the phoenix represents peace, grace and happiness.

It was quite a fun project, and the kids loved helping out. At the end of the trip we had our annual string orchestra concert with our music students and a gathering at the mural wall along the street. Oh yes and some fun Virginia Reel street dancing up and down the street in front of the mural. The kids (and us!) had a great, great time that night! We are really hoping that Christine will get the grant she plans on applying for to go back to Vietnam and do more with the kids!

Thank you all for supporting the kids in our art program, we have some fantastic young artists rising! They so appreciate your support!

Sara

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Summer art class
Summer art class

Dear Friends,

It’s 5:00am here in Vietnam and I am in the village of Cam Duc with a group of volunteers from the U.S. for a month. We are reviewing and working on our bike program, teaching the kids in our year-round art and music classes, and holding our annual summer arts and music camp in the village of Son Tan. Two volunteers are on their second and fourth trips back to Vietnam with my family. They’ve fallen in love with the children here like we have.

The first week that we arrived we drove to Son Tan, the little village up in the mountains where 150 minority families of Reglai decent live. As so many of you know it’s a very poor community, it’s also far from the highway, so this village tends to get very little support from the government or other organizations like ours. Our staff goes to the village on the weekends all year to teach art, have fun, read books, mentor the children, keep in touch with what is happening in their lives, and provide them with meals. We’ve been running this program since 2014 so we and they know the children so well. Most weekends there are 25 children who come to class, but during the summer months when school is out, the number rises to 40 or more.

The drive to Son Tan is about 45 minutes from our hotel mostly on a long and windy narrow lane up to the side of the mountains. It’s beautiful and every scene is so different from the states, it’s wonderful to just drive here. The first week when we arrived in the village, 40 children came to class. Our project that day consisted of reading a Vietnamese story book illustrated with beautiful drawings and lots of color. We then had the kids paint similar illustrations and watercolor their drawings. They had great fun painting and listening to the story.

Last year four of the children in our class graduated 5th grade from the school in the village. In order for them to continue their education, the ethnic minorities here must go to live in a boarding school for minorities about two hours away from the village starting at 12 years old. Our four students so wanted to continue their education, so thanks to two donors providing $100 a month, we were able to support the families so that they could afford to have the four children go to school. We are so excited to share that all four of our kids graduated 6th grade and will now be in 7th in the fall, they were the only four from the village who passed and are moving up, which is such a testament to our arts program, but also so unfortunate for the other children in the village who did not pass.

So, to all of you reading this report, thank you for your ongoing support for the wonderful children and kids in our arts programs here in Vietnam. You have helped to provide a place where they not only learn about art, but also have a space for artistic freedom, a place outside the rigor of their lives to grow and gain confidence in themselves. I hope you enjoy the photos, and please visit our Facebook and Instagram for more!

Sara

Sisters
Sisters
Tigers and leaves
Tigers and leaves
Colors
Colors

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