Creating a true art movement means taking action and making a big impact...artists working together to leave our marks in important places, away from our canvas or wacoms. ConceptArt.Org is about to begin this year's aid drive for youth and women in need, starting with a school for slum children and poverty stricken women learning independence, and another great program in Senegal. Get ready!
Gather up your stuff you don't use. It will be changing lives for the better. See below for more details!
We are working with our longtime sister organization www.hopecampaign.org to help make life better for those who are without opportunity, who can create opportunity with just a little help. Social responsibility is important in the arts. We are not just about monsters and aliens around here, we are about giving back and helping others. We have always led in these areas and only together will we continue to do so.
We will be gathering up any of the following items to send. The school in India is youth and adult women. The school in Senigal is massive (4000 students), and they are building a teacher supply room for them, and if we can help stock it, that would be absolutely incredible. Can't make art without pencils or inks or tools right? How about paper? So here are some things to consider:
Children's and Teen Items needed:
ART SUPPLIES!(any and all)
first aid kits
that laptop that is no longer in use! (old laptops are great as they are loaded with software already)
old wacom tablets that still work!
that first gen ipad that sits on your shelf!
any and all technology
that old scanner/printer/ink you no longer use
beads and crafts items for necklaces and jewelry or craft kits (crafts are always big as they can be made and traded)
unused music instruments
how to books
art supply carriers
music players and things they might never have access to otherwise
anything else you can think of!
The high school has a copy machine on it's wish list - although that is a large item, but we still wanted to mention it.
The mailing address for shipping donations to Tender Heart (she is Director of the program):
^^^this above is the address which people should ship to.
Actual school location (in case anyone wants to visit!!!):
Tender Heart School
Village Bhatola, Tigaon Road
HOPE for Senigal
Yasmin Diallo Turk
We are arranging a direct shipping address with the storage location. For now items can be shipped to the following address and we will hand deliver them to Hope:
ConceptArt.Org c/o Jason Manley
507 Sabine St
Austin TX 78701
Hope will then be shipping all items by sea to Senigal via Houston TX www.hopecampaign.org is their website.
We have chosen a location in India as our third largest traffic pool here on ca is from that incredible country and creative talent there is both historic and abundant. Opportunity, sadly, is not always as readily available. We have also chosen Senegal as the second location as we will be able to hitch on with another aid drive happening with the Hope Campaign which will enable us to get all this awesome stuff sent to those who will feel the biggest impact.
Now with all that said here is more info on the first of the two organizations we are assisting. I am super excited about this.
tenderheartngo.org is a school in rural India which helps slum children, developmentally disabled children, and disadvantaged women to achieve their educations and see the support they need. There is a deep focus on both women and young girls as well as others as you will see. Below is the information from their website:
Rural Kids Education
The school was started over 15 years ago, on a piece of vacant land in rural India adjacent to a village that lacked any school. Initially, the school was not welcome. Parents saw no value in having their kids (especially daughters) spend time in a classroom rather than working on the family land. We stood firm in the face of very real threats and started teaching kids. Now the school is an important part of life in what is still a very poor community.
Slum Children Project
There are many children, especially those of itinerant workers, who cannot afford even the meagre fees to attend school, or buy a uniform, or perhaps their parents simply don't see the need.
Tender Heart opened an "after school school" that meets in the afternoon when the regular students have gone home. Any child who shows up is given basic education in mathematics and reading.
These labourers are paid periodically based on number of days worked. It is common for paymasters to cheat them by paying for fewer days than they actually work. For labourers who do not know how to count, it is an easy scam.
The teachers encouraged the children, who had learned to count and solve maths problems, to help their fathers calculate the payment due. The value of education was made very clear. It was amazing to see how many kids showed up voluntarily for these classes, and to see how enthusiastically they were learning.
The Special Needs Unit
In this there are many children with a variety of physical handicaps and learning disabilities. Many had experienced lives that were fundamentally imprisonment before we took them in.
The hands-on learning aids have proved very beneficial in this unit. Many kids have become productive and proud young women and men as a result of the work here.
We saw a variety of projects that these young people are working on. All have been carefully selected to ensure the kids can work without being exposed to hazards and can be done with very low cost materials.
One of the most interesting was the "school chalk manufacturing operation" being conducted by some learning disabled teen boys. They manufacture chalk using a manual press, dry and package it, and Tender Heart helps them sell to schools in the vicinity.
Womens Opportunity Project
This project aims at bringing the young girls and women together, teaching them basic job skills.
They are now manufacturing a variety of fabric products (handbags, laptop cases, wallets, scarves, folders and jewellery). All are paid a fair wage and they set their own prices for the products.
We insist that when the girls get their first pay, they use it to buy things for themselves, not turn it over to their husbands. This has done a tremendous amount to instil pride in the women as they come to work well-dressed for the first time in their lives
We will be providing the address in which to send items to. They will be photographing those who receive the goods from all of us to show us the positive impact we are having and will be keeping us updated. We are working through the US offices of http://www.tenderheartfoundation.org/ to see this all done and are happy and honored to help.
A brief intro to Hope for Senigal - www.hopecampaign.org
HOPE for Senegal (HFS) works collaboratively to improve educational opportunities for students in Senegal. In a country with a 29% literacy rate for girls, HFS provides extra support for girls pursuing education.
HOPE for Senegal is currently working to improve conditions for over 4,000 students at Lycee Malick Sy, a co-educational high school in the country’s second largest city. Ongoing projects include scholarships for girls, school resource improvements, empowerment-based learning opportunities and basic medical supplies to the school clinic. The aid sent will go directly to benefitting students here and will make an immediate impact on their lives, both creatively and educationally.
About the Hope Campaign - www.hopecampaign.org
Some of the world class musicians Hope works with: http://hopecampaign.org/hope-musicians/ (you will recognize some if not quite a few)
Some of the incredible artists Hope works with: http://hopecampaign.org/hope-artists/
Who is Hope - http://hopecampaign.org/hope-team/
What is HOPE for Senegal?
HOPE for Senegal is a project of the 501c3 nonprofit organization the H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) Campaign.
In a country with a 29% literacy rate for girls, and 39% nationally, HOPE for Senegal is working to improve the condition for over 4,000 students at a co-educational high school in the country’s second largest city.
What have we done?
HOPE for Senegal has improved Lycée Malick Sy High School through a series of projects including:
1.Some students walk for miles from surrounding villages for the chance to attend school, and did not have access to clean drinking water, so we built a drinking fountain for students.
2. Provided scholarships for 22 girls to attend high school for a year.
3. Since the only access to medical care most students have is through the school nurse, we provided $4,500 in parasite, antimalarial, and other medicines and supplies to serve the students.
4. Students used to learn science through chalkboard drawings of what results experiments would yield. HOPE equipped a science lab, including solar technology kits and microscopes so kids can learn hands-on.
There is an African proverb that says, “if you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never spent the night with a mosquito”. We believe that each person’s contribution makes a difference.
Article reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-p...b_1081677.html
How you can help: All you need is to gather up what you have that might be awesome to send. They literally use everything. Please dig into your closets, your garages and your studios and we will do the same. I hope that all will consider contributing. We are going to do a lot of great things here on CA and get back to the important things. Giving and paying it forward is where it began and where we continue.
Please consider gathering up the things you don't need, so that others can have opportunity. Rise to the occasion and help out. We will all be sending the items directly to those running these incredible programs. They will be opening and photographing the items and then sharing photos and stories of those the goods went to as they are able.
Our last aid drive on conceptart.org netted a ton of art supplies, shoes, clothes, musical instruments, first aid, toys, and happiness for this little village school in Kenya. Even companies like EA Maxis sent stuff! Supplies came from all over the world. The art they created went for sale on zazzle products and that was used to fund their community. They monetized their work and were only able to do so because of the supplies they received. Art gives in many ways. Here are some pics from our first drive here on CA.O.
Here is a link to the past aid drive for Kenya which we collaborated with Hope to see it all delivered. http://forums.conceptart.org/showthread.php?t=186733if you are curious to see. It was a challenge worth all of our time and this time is no different.