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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
RPS Art Student
RPS Art Student

It’s Saturday morning and the kids circle on their bicycles and play on the small, narrow street outside of our art school. “All of them come early” says Phuong, who rents us space in his house to hold art classes in the village of Ngoc Anh Village outside the city of Hue. “They are so excited to come to class, and can’t wait to come in.” In March of this year we started a small art program in the village. With your donations, we hired a new artist/musician/program manager named Phuong, as well as a young artist named Tram. Both Phuong and Tram are wonderful and so excited to become a part of the Rock-Paper-Scissor’s Team. 

Phuong and Tram selected 32 new students with the help of the principal and teachers at the local village school. The kids come from poor families and have been identified by their teachers as being very artistically talented. As you can see from the photos, the kids are very talented!

Phuong has many connections in the art community of Hue, which is known as the city of artists. This year Phuong and Tram were able to take our students to see two different art exhibits at a new gallery in Hue. The kids really enjoyed being a part of the opening events, and are getting exposure to things outside of their village. We hope that these simple experiences will not only bring them joy, but inspire them to continue to learn. Phuong has been working on preparing an exhibit of the children’s artwork in the same gallery, sometime in 2016.  The kids are going to be so excited to see their own artwork displayed in a gallery.

Our art program in Cam Duc and the small village of Son Tan in Khanh Hoa Province, are also still thriving. We continue to provide art classes to close to 80 students in Vietnam year round, and support 400 students in our summer art and music camps for ethnic minorities.To all of you who have supported our art program, we thank you so much. This program has only existed because of your kind donations. Our children and families are so grateful.

Throughout the month of December we will be trying to raise $15,000 to help us keep both our art and music programs securely funded for another year. This will help us pay our teacher’s salaries, rent, and instruments and art supplies for one year. If you or anyone you know would be willing to start a small fundraiser for this project, you can now easily start your own on our project page on Global Giving here:  

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dream-of-art-vietnam/

Please scroll down and look for the “Start a Fundraiser” button on the bottom right hand side of the page. We are so grateful for your help.

Thank You Everyone and Happy Holidays to you,

Sara Nerone (Founder-Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund)

RPS Art Program
RPS Art Program
RPS Art Student Summer Camp 2015
RPS Art Student Summer Camp 2015
RPS Art Student Summer Camp 2015
RPS Art Student Summer Camp 2015
RPS Student Art Work
RPS Student Art Work
RPS Student Art Work
RPS Student Art Work

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Art and Music Camp
Rock-Paper-Scissors Art and Music Camp

Dear Rock-Paper-Scissor’s Friends and Art Lovers,

Thanks to all of you, our program has grown! We are now providing art classes to 80 children in three villages, and art and music camp to 400 children in the summer.

I recently returned from Vietnam with my family and our group of volunteers from the U.S.  At least once a year we travel to Vietnam to work on our programs, and of course to visit our staff and students who all work so hard for us there year-round. It is so great to visit them all in person rather via Skype!

This summer because our programs have grown, we were meeting some of our new students and teachers for the first time in person. In March we started a new art program in a village just outside the city of Hue, called Ngoc Anh Village. We have hired a new program manager there named Phuong, as well as a young artist, named Tram. Both Phuong and Tram are absolutely wonderful, and both are such talented artists and musicians. They have recruited 32 new students and teach 6 hours of art class each week.  This summer we traveled up to Hue and spent about 4 days with them, along with our volunteers. We had all musicians with us this year from the U.S. so we mostly played music for the kids, but also spent time at their art classes.

This year we also held our second year of summer camps for the kids in two ethnic minority villages, Suoi Cat and Son Tan. We piloted this program in 2014 in the two villages, and because of their success, have decided to continue with them annually. This year we had over 400 children attend the day camps. It was incredibly fun and so wonderful to see so many of the kids again. We hold three days of camp in each village sharing music, art, and games.

For the kids in the camps this year, we brought 2000+ pipe cleaners and made pipe-cleaner sculptures with them. This is always a favorite project for the kids.  We also did mask making, and painting with water colors. As you can see from the photos we even had babies painting! This little girl is two years old, and was a star at handling the brush and paints. She sat in the middle of a swarm of 120 kids focusing just on dipping her brush, and painting for over an hour.

Both of the villages where we hold the camps are very, very poor, and in addition to providing the fun activities for the kids, we provide food each day to each child, clothing, and school supplies for the year. This year we provided 980 sandwiches and sticky rice/bean cakes and over 1000 cartons of milk. We also provided rain jackets, shoes, and notebooks to 120 children in Son Tan village. Each year we also work with the government to identify 10-15 poor families to help support with additional food and supplies. Over the past year we started a small Art/English class in Son Tan village and have been supporting and mentoring 20 children who are the top students at the school. We furnished a classroom to hold our classes on the weekend, and have set up a small library for all of the school children.

To all of you who have supported this program, we thank you so much. This program only exists because of your kind donations. The children and families are so grateful. Please continue to help us by sharing our program with others. We would love to also have your input and know what you think. Please email me at: sara@rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org

Thank you again,

Sara Nerone (Founder-Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund)

Rock-Paper-Scissors 2 yr old Camper!
Rock-Paper-Scissors 2 yr old Camper!
Rock-Paper-Scissors Mask Making
Rock-Paper-Scissors Mask Making
Rock-Paper-Scissors Self Portrait
Rock-Paper-Scissors Self Portrait
Our New Art Students-Ngoc Anh Village
Our New Art Students-Ngoc Anh Village
Rock-Paper-Scissors Summer Camp
Rock-Paper-Scissors Summer Camp

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Son Tan Art Class
Rock-Paper-Scissors Son Tan Art Class

Every weekend our art teacher and some of our students from Cam Duc travel by van out to a small village at the base of the mountains facing Cam Ranh, Vietnam. It’s beautiful there, driving along the one lane cement road through miles of rice paddy fields. There are children walking water buffalo, riding bikes, and playing along the edges of the fields. Parents bend over among the green rice weeding as they step slowly through the muddy water, conical hats tipped down and forward, reflecting the sun. It’s very hot, but everyone continues to work or play.

As the van gets closer to the mountains and further from the main north to south highway, the road narrows and becomes more and more bumpy.  Over the last hill and around down towards the reservoir is Son Tan village, an ethnic minority village with its tiny cement block homes, shattered roofs, rough and washed out terrain around. There are dog, pigs and chickens near each home. There as the road starts to go down the hill is the Son Tan Elementary school.

This village has one school with about 100 students depending on the day. It only goes to grade 5, at which many of the students go to work in the fields after finishing. They are 10 or 11 years old at the end of their schooling. In this village, if you want to continue in school beyond the 5th grade you have to live at a boarding school for ethnic minority children, about 2 hours away.

When we first were introduced to the school, we raised money to buy new shoes and school uniforms for the 100 students. All kids wear uniforms to school in Vietnam, but these kids couldn’t afford them. It was a great day when we arrived to deliver new uniforms and shoes. We also decided to do something for the children when they were out of school in the summer. So last summer we held a summer camp for all of the kids with games, art, and music. It was a great way for us to really get to know the kids. We had 100 children show up. We plan on continuing these every summer.

Recently we decided that it would be best to support some of the kids year round to learn English using Art classes on the weekends. We now have 20 children who come regularly. The kids are undernourished, so it also gives us an opportunity to provide them with a good meal, and send each of them home with extra food for them and their families. As we raise more funding, we hope to be able to support more than 20 students in this program. The children love coming to the classes, and our students and teachers from Cam Duc who teach the kids, are creating strong bonds with them. Not only is this a chance for the children to learn English and Art at the same time, but also to have the opportunity to be mentored by older students aspiring to go to college. We hope that this will instill a desire for them to continue to go to school beyond the 5th grade.

Thank you everyone for keeping in touch and following our progress. Please consider volunteering for Rock-Paper-Scissors by sharing this report with friends, or letting those interested in art, or artists themselves know about us. Your donations are now helping us to provide our art program to over 100 underprivileged children year round.

Thank you!

Sara (Founder)

Son Tan Vietnam, Art and English Class
Son Tan Vietnam, Art and English Class
Son Tan Students
Son Tan Students
Son Tan students show off their artwork
Son Tan students show off their artwork
Son Tan student working on artwork
Son Tan student working on artwork
Learning some English along the way
Learning some English along the way

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Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art Camp Students
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art Camp Students

It’s Sunday morning and the kids have been up early. It’s hot and humid in the small village of Cam Duc, Vietnam, but the kids in our art program are on their bicycles heading to art class.

The kids enter through the large metal gates in front of the schoolhouse, and through the beautiful wooden doors, where Thang and Tuan, our teachers have laid out all of the art supplies, opened the wooden windows, and prepared for the kids to arrive.

Trang, one of our high school students, has just ridden a very long distance to take class, she is always there, and determined to learn new techniques and improve her skills. Trang is such a wonderful, very talented young girl, and we have given her a small job to keep track of and organize the art supplies at our school, she is saving her money to be able to go to college in a year.

Thang, our art teacher has been teaching the kids a new Vietnamese art form, called rice painting. This art form was developed only about 10 years ago and has steadily becoming popular in Vietnam.  With a pencil, students create a drawing and then take grains of rice that have been roasted to create natural colors, and meticulously apply each grain to the canvas.  What do you think of this artwork?

Every day, as the kids arrive, there is the joyful chatter of friends greeting friends and the joy of being in a place where they can just let go and have fun, talk about school, talk about family, make new friendships and simply relax, away from their daily difficulties.

Although teaching art is a wonderful thing, there has always been an ulterior motive to starting this non-profit and providing art and music programs to poor children in the village, and that has been to provide space and the creative freedom to kids who have very little in their lives.

 The programs have done just that, the kids have bonded as friends and support one another long after the classes have ended for the day. We often see and hear of the kids spending time together outside the school and this makes us very happy, knowing that this supportive community is carried on outside the gates of our little schoolhouse.

 Remember that this art program would not have been started without you volunteering your donations and putting your trust in our organization. You have supported the artistic and personal growth of these kids that will be carried throughout their lives.

Best to all of you,

Sara (Founder-Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund)

Please email me at: sara@rockpaperscissorchildrensfund.org  if you have any great art ideas for our program that you would like to share or your own artwork that you might like to share with our kids. 

Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art and Music School
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art and Music School
The road to our school
The road to our school
Nhat creating a rice painting.
Nhat creating a rice painting.
Work in progress!
Work in progress!
Painting class for the younger kids
Painting class for the younger kids

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Nhi
Nhi

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 We hope you are staying warm and getting ready as the holiday season is upon us. Every three months we reach out to our supporters to report on the happenings of Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund in Vietnam, and it seems we can’t keep up with all of the excitement. 

 Currently we have two volunteers from the states staying in Cam Duc and working with our students.  Carla and Grady are artists and musicians and in the short time they have been there they have created significant bonds with the students in our program. We have talked to them many times and we are so happy with what we have heard and seen. They have created a blog highlighting the experiences they and the kids are having.  It can be viewed here: 

                                      http://www.rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org/#!blog/cslr

 We are also very happy to welcome our new year-round art teacher, Thang. Thang is 27 years old with a degree in Drawing from the College of Culture and Arts in Nha Trang, Vietnam. We are so grateful to have him join our art class and teach the students new and exciting projects and techniques. Thang comes from a family of artists and has always loved art, which inspired him to pursue a career in teaching. With his training, our students are not only learning traditional styles, but are being exposed to new techniques and materials.

 With a new teacher, brings new students, and we couldn’t be happier.   Our art classes are packed and new passionate artists have emerged. 

 Eighteen-year-old Nhi has just started coming to our art class.  The high school senior has a love for art, literature and physics. Outside of school, she likes to draw in art competitions, draw in her free time and spend time with friends.

 Nhi’s younger brother Tuong, a 9th grade student, started alongside her.  Tuong also shares a passion for drawing and the incredible potential we see in Nhi.  It is unbelievable talent just waiting for an opportunity to shine.  We are thrilled that they have decided to make the trip to the class.

 Nhi and Tuong’s mother is a tailor and their father is a carpenter. Their father inspired them to draw and become more artistic.  Nhi and Tuong live close to 10 kilometers from the school, in Cam Hai Tay, so their mother drives them on the back of her motorbike. 

 Nhi has said she is very excited to be in the class, but she is also looking toward the future.  After completing her last year of high school, Nhi hopes to attend college, possibly in Saigon to study Architecture.   Nhi is not the only one of our students starting to think about their futures.  We hope to support these future adults as they make life-changing decisions in next few years.  We have always sponsored the students’ primary or secondary education tuition and book fees if their families could not afford to, but as some of the students who are in the program begin to get to the age where college is a possibility, we do not want their journey to end because they live in difficult situations.  

 Even as we go about our lives in the United States, our students are on our minds constantly.  We are a tiny organization, but we have a great leader in Sara Nerone, our founder, and our dedicated staff in Cam Duc.  Sara is communicating daily with our staff about new students, projects, or the constant creativity Sara shows directly benefiting our program.  We do not take salaries, all of the donations we receive go directly to the program, and it’s amazing to watch the dedication that Sara has shown. 

 Fundraising is the toughest part of owning a non-profit we never realized how much time and effort it takes and we are all volunteers. Please consider either making a new donation or helping us by asking for donations from your friends, neighbors and acquaintances!  Share with them your experience with us, and know that you have directly changed lives. 

 We have very talented kids in our program and your generosity has helped them so much in such a short period of time.  By the end of the year, Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund hopes to raise $15,000 for our projects in Cam Duc. 

 We will always make sure that you can see the impact your generosity is making, and we are so grateful to have your continued support.  It’s amazing to see the difference we’ve made in such a short period of time. 

 Have a safe and healthy holiday season,

 The Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Team

18-year-old Nhi
18-year-old Nhi
Thang and Tuong
Thang and Tuong
Tuong
Tuong

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Location: Wakefield, RI - USA
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Sara Nerone
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