Sudan

Newcomers

Peru

Congo

WE NEED AMBASSADORS!

Would you like to be an ambassador of a new children’s art project? With your help we can set up new projects at schools to expand the collection. See our map for countries that are not yet represented. If you are going to a special (remote) place and would like to contribute, please contact us for more information or ideas. We will provide instructions and materials for the children to draw. We would be very pleased to share your story and pictures at our website and add you to our Thank You wall.


Projects

Sudan

In 1996 a group called Shams was founded in Sudan with the intent of bringing light to the children of the sun. Most of the children were victims of the civil war and were living on the streets or in camps. Through arts, theatre and music, colour was brought into their lives. For a second, they were able to forget the effects of war, abuse and hunger in these creative moments. Most of the drawings are expressions of their feelings.

Newcomers

Economical and political refugees in the Netherlands made this series of self-portraits in 1994. The drawings portray the cultural background of children with different nationalities. These children came from Eritrea, Ghana, Morocco, Turkey, the Philippines and Somalia. Together, these drawings represent a beautiful mosaic of different nationalities in the Netherlands.

Peru

This project took place in 1991 in a shelter called Huch-Uy-Runa for street children in Cuzco, a small city in the Andean highlands of Peru. The city is the gateway to the famous Machu Picchu where you can find the ancient treasures of the Incan Empire. The organisation offers children food and shelter and gives them the opportunity to get educated and learn a trade. The name ‘Huch-Uy-Runa’ means literally small important person in the ancient Incan language in Quechua. It refers to the conviction that every child has the potential to become someone meaningful. In this house, a lot of attention is given to creative activities. Children between the age of 4 and 16 learn how to express the aspects of their daily life and typical aspects of Peru such as lake Titicaca with great patience.

Congo

The colourful drawings from Congo show local animals like turtles, snakes, buffalos and antelopes, which children are familiar with through their direct surroundings. In a project in 1984, goats even came into the classroom as study objects. Since most children never worked with paint, they got used to the material by colouring shapes onto the paper sheets. The next day, the animals were painted on top of these forms after some sketches they made.