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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
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art and Music Camp
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art and Music Camp

Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you in good spirits and great health at the end of summer. We had quite the month in Vietnam this summer. What can we say about it?  One word, amazing fun!

This summer, we held our first ever art and music camps for children living in ethnic minority communities in the province of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. With three separate camps in three separate villages we were able to support 300 children with the joy of music and art. The children we work with, live in very difficult and impoverished conditions.  We started each day with music performances from the kids from our year-round art and music school and volunteer musicians from the United States, and then taught the children a different art project each day.  We provided the children with snacks, and ended each day playing games.  There was an amazing energy and excitement among the kids, since they had never experienced anything like this.

Along with our family of four, we had five volunteers come with us from Rhode Island, and two more from California, all musicians and artists.  We also recruited some of our year-round students from our art and music school in Cam Duc to be camp counselors and English translators for our volunteers. For the kids from our school in Cam Duc, it was the first time in their lives that they had the chance to interact with Kids from the local minority villages, kids who live only 20-30 minutes away.  It was an experience for them that they voiced their gratefulness for, an experience that can only improve their outlook on their local communities and the world around them.

There is a common comment that comes out of the volunteer experience. That we get more out of the work we do with the kids, than the kids probably get that were in our camps.  It is so wonderful to realize that the experience this summer has changed the lives of our young volunteers from the United States and has continued to change our own lives each and every time we go back to Vietnam and work with the kids in our school and programs.  What we always come home with is a feeling that is almost impossible to describe to others.  Since our return, we’ve met with all of our volunteers who have also said how hard it is to describe to others the conditions they have seen families and kids living in, that they never imagined what it could be really like before they traveled to Vietnam, and that how grateful the kids are there, and how simple things like listening to or playing music or simple paper to paint and express themselves on could bring such joy. We hope that with these few photos you might be able to get a glimpse of that.

We want to thank all of you for you donations and support to these children.  Thank you all for believing in what we are doing, and for your continued support of the kids we share your donations with.  It was with this support that we were able to meet and work with 300 kids that would never have the opportunities to escape from the difficult life situations that they have.  Our music and art camps were a huge success, and we are so lucky to say that we were able to witness unhindered joy and happiness and laughter and the moments of maybe a creative way to temporarily forget the difficulty in their lives.

We can only hope that we can continue to count on your support, and with our work we can make you as our donors, friends and supporters proud.  Our appreciation and gratitude is never ending, and we never forget that without this support we would never be able to do what we do.  We hope for your continued good health, success, and happiness in the months and years to come. 

Sara, Patrick, Sophie and Phoebe

The Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Team

Rock-Paper-Scissor's Campers
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Campers
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Camper
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Camper
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Cat Camper
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Cat Camper
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Paper Hats
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Paper Hats
Our youngest campers!
Our youngest campers!

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RPS Art Class Collage
RPS Art Class Collage

Dear Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Supporters,

Summer is almost here and here in the states we are counting down the days before we return to Cam Duc to see our art and music students once again. 

This summer there will be a total of nine Rock-Paper-Scissors’ volunteers going to Viet Nam from the U.S.; it is our biggest group yet!

Since we began this journey Sara, our founder, director, and pretty much one-woman band, has always looked to welcome any other person or families that would want to come and volunteer with us. We believe that having an opportunity to see the world and have the privilege to give back by volunteering changes lives.   This year we are especially excited to have a group of young people traveling with us in June.

We have accomplished artists, musicians, and people of great character that will be seeing South East Asia for the first time. We are very excited to share Viet Nam, and the Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund program with them.  

With schools here in Rhode Island getting close to their last days of the year, and warm weather slowly creeping in, often in the mail or online are advertisements for countless camps for the kids in the area.   If you have the means, your child could get involved in all sorts of things from sports to art and music to computer science.  We want to bring something like this to the kids in Viet Nam, who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance or the money to experience.

In the past year, we have been working in the province of Khanh Hoa with a number of small ethnic minority communities, by providing bikes for girls within the villages in order to help them travel to school more easily, as well as providing other school supplies. These communities are very poor, with approximately 80-90% of the families falling below the poverty level of $1.00USD a day for a family.

This summer we will be piloting a music and art camp for 1-2 weeks in one or two of the villages. Our goal is to involve our existing students from our year-round program in Cam Duc to help us as camp counselors.  With the help of our group of volunteers and our year round students, we anticipate that these camps will be extremely successful and a mainstay of our program for years to come. If any of you would like to help us with ideas for art projects, please email us at info@rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org. We can always use your help. Also, we are piloting a program with US high school students who will be exchanging self-portraits with our high school students in Vietnam. We are very excited about this, and if you have a high school artist who would like to take part, please let us know!

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support, your donations are what keep our programs running, and without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide the many opportunities to our students in our program. 

Thank you very much. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. 

The Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Team

RPS Art Class Collage Chicken
RPS Art Class Collage Chicken
RPS Art Class Abstract Work
RPS Art Class Abstract Work
RPS Art Program Pen
RPS Art Program Pen

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Trang's Art
Trang's Art

Dear Rock-Paper-Scissors Art Project Supporters,

We are happy to share some new photos of the kids you have supported in our art program in Vietnam. They are doing great and are so happy to have the opportunity to be artists! Every Sunday morning the kids ride their bikes to our little school in Cam Duc Vietnam to share their talents as young artists and friends. As many of you know, underprivileged kids in Vietnam really never have the opportunity to have art classes or simply have time to be creative, learn, and have fun outside of school.  Sometimes it takes us time to work with their parents to allow them to attend our art and music programs because they feel their kids should work or focus solely on their schoolwork. Once a student attends our program, the parents often see the greater meaning by seeing their children blossom, and become part of a group of students who are talented and motivated in all areas of their lives. 

One such student is our new student Trang. Trang is 17 years old. She is a very talented, self-taught artist. Trang lives with her mom and dad in a small village called Cam Tan. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a farmer. Trang has 3 other siblings. It is difficult for her parents to support her family, they both work very hard. Trang is a lovely and sweet girl. Her High School teacher began to notice that Trang would draw every time she had free time at school. Trang draws beautifully and is very talented. She often spends time drawing pictures of scenes in her village.  When Rock-Paper-Scissor’s invited her to attend the art program, she was very excited. Every Sunday morning, although it is 5 miles from her home, Trang rides her bike to attend class in Cam Duc with us.  She is a tiny girl, but always rides her bike to the class happily. Trang says that being able to attend the art program has given her a lot of joy and happiness to do what she loves most.

Thank you for giving Trang and the other students this opportunity. We hope you enjoy the photos that were taken last week at the school. Beyond the art classes you can see how much the kids love being together and have bonded as friends. One of our main goals for our programs was to provide a community of support and stability for the kids. I think we are accomplishing that!

Coming Up

This year, we have big plans. We have been working in the province of Khanh Hoa with a number of small ethnic minority communities, by providing bikes for girls within the villages in order to help them travel to school more easily, as well as providing other school supplies. These communities are very poor, with approximately 80-90% of the families falling below the poverty level of $1.00USD a day for a family. During the summer months from June-September the students are out of school and often have little direction, or activities other than working hard with their families. This summer we will be piloting a music and art camp for 1-2 weeks in one of the villages. Our goal is to involve our existing students from our year-round program in Cam Duc to help us as camp counselors. We will also be bringing a small group of volunteers from the United States to help us, and depending on the success of the camps, we hope to continue to recruit volunteers and provide additional camps in 2015.

Thank you again for donating to this project. You have made our art program possible and given this gift to Trang and all the kids. They all say Thank You!

Sara Nerone

Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund

Rock-Paper-Scissor's Sunday Morning Art Class
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Sunday Morning Art Class
Artwork by Trang
Artwork by Trang
Nhat and Men
Nhat and Men
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Students sharing their art.
Rock-Paper-Scissor's Students sharing their art.
Youngest Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art Student!
Youngest Rock-Paper-Scissor's Art Student!
Trang in class
Trang in class

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Dear Friends and Sponsors,

During this holiday season we want to let you know how thankful we are for your continued support.  It is truly a blessing to be in the position we are in and have the capability and the privilege to help so many in need.  Receiving updates and pictures from all of our programs in Vietnam is a continual reminder of the direct impact we can have in another person’s life, and it is an amazing feeling.  We hope that you realize how important you are in this process, that without your support nothing, nothing would be possible.  We hope you too can feel the gratitude of the 200+ kids we have supported thus far, and it is just beginning!

In the few months since returning from Vietnam, our art program in Cam Duc has been steadily gaining speed and students! While in country we were able to find an unbelievable house to rent for both our music and art programs.  Our music teacher Tuan has agreed to live there and teach both music and art, and we couldn’t be more happy; Tuan is great with all the kids, a wonderful artist and musician and a great soul. 

We were able to buy new tables, chairs, and enough art supplies for the year to come, and really can’t wait to see what creations our students will make.  We have started a partnership with the local Red Cross and they are assisting us in identifying children who are talented in art, but who are financially in need. Slowly we have been adding students to the program and they and their families have been very excited to be given this great opportunity.  We want to give these kids the chance to grow with their creativity outside of school time and feel comfortable in a supportive environment, where together they truly build a lasting community. 

We want to thank you for your continued support. Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Art Program is possible only because of donors like you who have thoughtfully chosen to support us. Because of your generosity, so many meaningful projects and opportunities can be brought to children in need.

We hope for good health for you and your families during this holiday season and good luck in the year to come!

 

The Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund Team

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Dear Friends and Sponsors,

We have been busy in Vietnam establishing new art programs. This summer we visited a small ethnic minority village close to the mountains of Cam Lam district, Vietnam, and learned that the government of Vietnam built a new building at their school for art and music. The building is beautiful, but the only problem is, now the school has to hire a teacher and buy art supplies to hold classes, but they have no funds to do this. Rock-Paper-Scissors Children Fund is excited to be able to assist with establishing a program for the 100 children who attend this school. This is an opportunity that they would never realize without your support, so thank you very much. During our visit to Vietnam, we also decided to bring along 5000 pipe cleaners from the states, and simply have fun and be creative with the kids! They really enjoyed this and created some great pipe cleaner sculptures! Thank you again, Sara Nerone

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