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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
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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Phuong
Phuong

Dear Friend of Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund,

My name is Phuong. I’m 37 years old. I learned about Rock-Paper-Scissors in 2014 through a friend named Lan, who is also a mutual friend of me and Ms. Sara.

In 2012, I made one of the biggest decisions in my professional life, i.e. to retreat from corporate life in a hope of doing something that helped me make more direct and obvious contributions to society. I started to apply for some NGOs but they turned my application down, reasoning that my corporate mindset was a stranger to a NGO realm. Nevertheless, these rejections didn’t make me change my mind about staying away from the business world. Actually, I declined several appealing management job offers because I couldn’t imagine myself going back to those less interesting days in the office.

At the same time, I had this long lasting inner urge of appreciating music and art, as well as understanding more about the music scene and art scene in the city that I live, Hue, Vietnam. Soon after quitting my job I spent several month floating around, reconnecting and hanging out with my art friends, and they lead me into the local art community.

Thanks to them I was introduced to many other interesting and influential artists in Hue, among them were the Le Brothers. These twins had already been well-known at the time. They had started out selling lacquer paintings then made a shift to video art in 2008 and have been touring the world exhibiting their work ever since. Most interesting for me, however, is that the brothers own an art foundation, which they call New Space Arts Foundation (NSAF). NSAF has been hosting numerous domestic and international artists on a regular basis. By volunteering for NSAF, I have been exposed to different personalities and art styles. I found out it would be fantastic if I could be part of an organization that could promote art and music to the community.

Such a lengthy lead-in means nothing else but to say that what a perfect timing it was to learn about Rock-Paper-Scissors in 2014 and how important this organization has become to my life. Spending time with the kids in the art class in Hue is one of my biggest sources of happiness in my contemporary life. We hold two art sessions every Sunday. The morning session runs from 8:00am to 11:00am, while the afternoon one is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. To give illustrations, I believe even if you are from a Western cultural background you will probably find having to show up in class at 8:00am on a nice Sunday morning, when no one can resist an indulging sleep-in, nearly impossible. However, if you were me you would expect the kids to come fooling around in front of your house as early as 6:30am. Also, you would expect them to chase each other or bike around singing, yelling out your name: “Teacher Phuong. Get up. Open the door!”. That is how I am woken up almost every Sunday. Not many people like their sleep-ins being stolen that way but I quite enjoy that. Sometimes, I wake up early but just want to stay in bed waiting for those voices from the kids to open the gate.

After over a year of the art class, we have several dropouts. The kids left the program due to several different reasons. For example, their workload at school was too heavy. Also, some parents thought learning art did little to improve their financial situation in the future. In addition, some kids simply lost their interest in the class. However, there are a lot of them who have hardly been absent from class. These kids come to us not only for some fun time with other kids but also for serious art class. They have made significant progress in their art. The first year, they were taught how to do crayon and water color. We keep record of the works they do in class, so at the end of the year, I was so delighted to see how much progress they made. The first exhibition in June this year provides sufficient visual evidence to our achievement. There were 42 selected pieces, including individual works and group works. This made me so proud of the kids. After the exhibition we began to teach them how to do more DIY things such as coin bags, mid-autumn lanterns, and encourage their creativity in making artwork like such as combining different materials.

One more thing which is very worth mentioning is that, at the art class in Hue, we do not just teach our kids about art, but we also teach them how to behave with others, and how to respect class rules. At times, we teach them some English vocabulary and encourage them to speak English with foreign visitors, who are my friends. Tram, the art teacher, has done a brilliant job as a teacher and a life coach. If you come to our class you will expect the kids to take off and arrange their shoes neatly before entering the classroom. Also unlike some earlier days, they have got to be aware of putting rubbish in trash bins, having said that, we don’t want our kids to be just obedient. We encourage them to talk about their interests and create art of their own styles.

As I mentioned earlier, the rock-paper-scissor’s art class is one of my biggest sources of joy in my life. I am satisfied because the class has left very positive impacts on the children. I also believe the children involved in the program have had a lot of good time with us. Thus, my dream is to expand the class so that more kids will get access to art, which I believe will change their attitude towards the world and transcend their life. I wish more and more children in Vietnam will be brought up with art as a part of their life.

Thank you for giving to our art program and believing, like me, that all kids need art in their lives.

Phuong

RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Student Art
RPS Student Art
RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Kid's Artwork
RPS Art Show
RPS Art Show

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