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June 7th, 2013 #1
ConceptArt.Org AID DRIVE 2013! - A call to action. Extra or unused supplies needed!
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.
Last edited by Jason Manley; June 8th, 2013 at 09:07 PM.
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June 7th, 2013 #2
We are looking to see what everyone has to give and how we can all help. If you think you can donate to the cause, please share what you have. Nothing here will mean your firm commitment, just an idea of what we can get together quickly.
Personally, here is what I have so far:
1. Basic toolbox and tools
2. art books
3. 4 MB t-shirts
4. art tutorial dvd's
5. extension cords
6. assorted music cd's
7. lord of the rings audio books
10. some misc. toys
11. misc. clothing
12. beads and sewing kit
Please continue with 13+
Last edited by Jason Manley; June 7th, 2013 at 04:42 AM.
June 7th, 2013 #3
Here is the link to the non-profit organization we are working with to get this all done. www.hopecampaign.org (we have a long history with them, and they helped us with the Dell Social Innovation Challenge most recently, and are who arranged for all our items to get to Kenya the last time. They work with everyone from Shephard Fairey to Common to Dave Matthews to Android Jones, myself, ConceptArt.Org and other groups you will know if you check out their site. Their Founder Andi Scull has been a close with Android and I for the past decade and is someone I personally aspire to be like. Great people are helping get this done. Details to come!
June 7th, 2013 #4
First of all i would like to thanks concept art . org team Jason, Android everyone who took up such noble task and allowing an great opportunity to us to join hands with them ,,,,
i would love to contribute T-shirts , pencils (color) , Digital comic book collection, Art tutorials , paints ,,,, and lots and lots of love for people out there ,,,,,
June 7th, 2013 #5
Update 3 completed above. Address added, additional information on the slum children and women's school project is now included. Plz see first post for details.
June 7th, 2013 #6
Some more photos for you. What do you have to share?
Last edited by Jason Manley; June 8th, 2013 at 03:53 PM.
June 8th, 2013 #7
Ok...all done with the post. Info on Hope and the Senigal project has been uploaded and we are good to go!
June 9th, 2013 #8
June 9th, 2013 #9
Candra that is very sweet and good of you. Don't send what you cannot afford to. if you have some old clothes or items around then that's great. If it is your only sketchbook or something or your only brushes most certainly keep those close as they will do you good ya know? I think we all have something extra around and so it should be pretty easy for people to help. Looking forward to the kids in India and Senegal wearing my hand me down MB shirts Fun. Found some more stuff here today. Crafty stuff. Now to go through my storage room. I know there is something in there...but what. It has been too long since I dug through any of it. More to find.
June 9th, 2013 #10
If you have stuff to send plz list it here or even take a snapshot and post if you want! This has been the most fun weekend I have had in ages. The folks involved with the schools are so very thankful. The letters are very sweet.
June 10th, 2013 #11
And no worries, I wont leave myself short, lol. I got a bulk deal on a bunch of sketchbooks for figure drawing but havent worked through them as fast as I should have (oops), so I've got about a dozen spare.
Also, what about fiction books? I've got a few classics taking up space in a cupboard - Pride & Prejudice, Great Expectations, Lord of the Rings etc. Do you think they could use those?
June 13th, 2013 #12
Batches of stuff are coming in. Here is but a tiny bit of it so far. Dawn W. has been super gathering up so much stuff. The first batch of stuff should be arriving at the India location shortly thanks to a very giving local artist there.
And yes Candra, those would be great. These schools have almost NO resources and so anything we send will be of help.
Thank you all.
June 14th, 2013 #13
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My kids have a fair amount of toys they do not use anymore, I will have to go through them and find out what isn't ruined. I'm about a weeks worth of missed work away from homeless myself, so I don't even know if I can afford postage, but I will seriously try because as somebody who has gone without a lot, I want to help others the way I have sometimes been helped so I'll see what I can do.
June 15th, 2013 #15
If someone wants to donate to the shipping for Emily, please reach out to her by PM and perhaps assist with postage. The toys would be best for the India campaign. Emily that is very kind. Given your financial situation, please wait until the end of the month to send anything and if a donor hasn't stepped up we will find a solution.
It's really awakening when I see that those with the least resources end up being those who are willing to help. Keep up the great work! Thank you all for the generosity.
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I guess we have more books than anything else. We don't really do tv so books are big in this house, and there are a lot that my kids have out-grown or have no interest in, etc. There are also some women's clothes in various sizes, a couple spools of sewing thread/needle. Some vitamin C, Tylenol, and Pepto *if* it is okay that they have been previously opened but are mostly full. I got them new so I can vouch for the fact that they've not been poisoned or anything sinister. We have a bit more than this so will keep searching the apt tomorrow. I was really pleased with how enthusiastically my kids participated in this. They didn't just cooperate, they were really happy to go through their things to give to others. Its been a great exercise in gratitude, because I have been reminded that for all I think I do not have, there is much more that I do have.
*couple pics of what we pulled together so far. "Sleeping on the Job Security System (aka, Jake) Not included!
June 16th, 2013 #17
WHOA!!!!!!! This is awesome. Let's find some help with shipping. Thank you so much. Wow. Bunch more stuff came in today too. Will post some pics soon!
July 5th, 2013 #18
Okay, I just got quoted prices for posting my packages to the US and it came to nearly a hundred bloody quid.
There's no way I'll ever be able to afford that and I wouldnt ask anyone to help me with it either. It's just silly money. Especially since what's in the packages isn't worth anywhere near that amount.
I'd probably be better off sending the Hope guys a cheque and they can use the money however they see fit. What do you think?
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August 7th, 2013 #20
Oh my goodness I can't wait for the next few weeks. I'm going to try to get some stuff together. Love the photos from the previous one! The masks look fantastic!
August 12th, 2013 #21
Hi there. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity.
I have some oil paints and solvents that I probably won't be using anymore. So, I'd like to donate them among other things like big black Canson papers, scraps of cloth that could be used for arts and crafts, books that I haven't touched in ages, old clothes, and TONS of colored printing paper my dad gave me.
I don't know how much all of that would cost to ship though, especially the oils and solvents.