Rainbow of Hope, Humanity thru Art in Guyana

My name is Anna, I believe in Human Rights and empowering others to have the best life they can.

My name is Anna. I believe in Human Rights and actively empower others to have the best life they can.

I am the proud owner of a small women's owned business, Sea Side Fiber Arts, specializing in natural dyes for yarn from fiber animals and cellulose fibers. While slowly growing from a baby business to a growing business, I have been offered a remarkable opportunity to be able to help impoverished children in the beautiful country of Guyana, S.A. So far, I have been to Guyana 2 separate times, for 3 weeks each time, each trip leaving me more confident for the next. Children of Guyana are familiar with English, which helps me communicate and help educate them in the creation of cellulose fibers, as well as helping them create a source of income and creativity for their own lives. I work with numerous people that are either associated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Education, as well as coordinating with the Iwokrama Research Centre, who are all so supportive of my newest venture. The proceeds to this fund raiser will help purchase items and supplies for the orphanages; any remaining funds will be put towards the next trip to Guyana; Guyana's community has become a second home and a place I see such potential among hardships. Thank you again!


Sea Side Fiber Arts mission
: Is to conceive, coordinate and implement research programs. This activates, promotes training and education of researchers and makes available relevant information for management and general awareness. By perusing sustainable crafts, there will be ability to encourage young entrepreneurs that will create their own Caring Circular Economy. We are focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to transfer our world into a using sustainable fashion.

https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda

The future is about becoming more environmentally sustainable, utilizing our surrounding environment and reducing our footprint. By supporting the revival and creation of art within communities, it brings the opportunity to improve lively hoods. By educating and empowering the communities, especially women and children, for a better future with career opportunities to expand freedoms for decades to come (SDG 4, 5, 8)
 
We are focusing on the young girls that have been displaced, unable to live with their families because of extreme poverty or abuse. brought to St. Ann's Orphanage to receive education, a safe and friendly environment and most important, love from one another. Through education, St. Ann’s Orphanage helps the girls to become self-sufficient and break out of poverty and the abusive cycles of their families. There are approximately 50 girls in the orphanage, ages 3 thru 17. The Orphanage is totally dependent on private contributions. We aim to reach out to as many orphanages and communities that we are able to.
 
While we are teaching new crafts and skills to young girls and women, we are also providing art therapy. The healing power of art has long been recognized by artists around the world, but it is now emerging as an evidence-based therapeutic modality for depression. By creating new avenues for self-expression, art therapy provides invaluable benefits for people struggling with even severe depressive episodes. With mounting evidence of efficacy, we are now witnessing increased integration of art therapy within depression treatment.

Depression treatment is inherently about creation. Through specialized interventions and compassionate support, you create new thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. You create an expanded capacity for joy, love, and confidence. You create a new future in which you can live harmoniously with yourself and with the world around you. Sometimes, depression treatment is also about another kind of creation: the creation of art. Although artists of all stripes have long recognized the healing potential of artistic production, it has only been in the past few decades that art has entered into the realm of evidence-based psychotherapy. As art therapy has emerged as a legitimate field of therapeutic intervention, people struggling with depression have been given a new language of recovery, opening up possibilities for healing.

I (Anna) personally have epilepsy and was diagnosed at the age of 12. I have attend a yearly art therapy program that help me get thru my depression, anxiety and anger amid directly at my disability. However, I will not allow it to take over my mental strength. I have such a drive to help others, from all backgrounds, to motivate sustainably and lessen our environmental impact. 

Focusing on Sustainability

Tibisiri is the dominate craft in Guyana which are made from palm leaves and twisted into beautiful products. I have started Fair Trade with numerous artisans in Georgetown as well as the interior of the Iwokrama Rain Forest. 

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When my team and I go to Guyana I look forward to introducing the Inkle Loom, which will introduce weaving to the communities. Such a simple craft has potential to bring in a steady stream of income due to there being many avenues of sales for small business owners. 
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The amount of funds requested will be directed towards equipment, art supplies, travel to and from remote communities. Sea Side Fiber Arts and team of women's owned small business; want to support and empower women and children to succeed and rise above poverty that will improve their lives, and strengthen caring circular economy.  We want to encourage multiple avenues of creativity, weaving, dyeing yarn, knitting and even pottery. Having the opportunity of having any type of art therapy, it will motivate and encourage self healing. 

Our 2nd goal. Banana's are an export

Donations

  • Patricia Hood 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Charles Watts 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Sara Cleveland 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Catherine Beal 
    • $10 
    • 2 mos

Fundraising team (3)

Anna Mae B 
Organizer
Raised $100 from 4 donations
Virginia Beach, VA
Marie Starring 
Team member
Wisdom Khwalala 
Team member
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