Art Supplies For RestartAfrica Kids
Later this year in October, I will be flying over to Kenya to spend three months teaching art and helping the amazing kids of Restart Africa.
Restart Africa is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by the incredible Mary Coulson, in the town on GilGil in central Kenya. The Restart Centre rescues street kids, saving them from abuse, drugs, prostitution and homelessness. And in return gives them an education, food and shelter, a family, and a chance to give back to the community.
Two friends and I volunteered at the centre in 2012, teaching, cooking, playing sports and doing crafts. Since then I've thought about the virtues of going back with an organised art curriculum for the children.
Art is a form of communication and expression, it doesn’t discriminate against any one and its benefits are infinite.
For these kids, making something and having it as their own is such a great feat. Creative opportunities for kids like these come along only when someone makes them, and I really think it is worth it.
I can't express how impressive this organisation is. The kids are always the priority. And the structure of the centre works to help the community, and help the future of Africa in a larger sense.
I'm not asking for you to donate to my flights or stay, but for art supplies and materials to make these classes as effective as possible. Paints, paper, tools, clay, pencils and all things necessary will be purchased when I arrive in Nairobi. It would be wonderful and so worthy if you could spare even the smallest amount to help reach this goal. The Restart kids, and I, would be so thankful.
To find out more about this extraordinary charitable trust go to http://www.restartafrica.org/
Thanks for reading!