Creativity for Refugee and Immigrant Children
Organized by: Annie Bright
The issue: One of the gut-wrenching effects of the international refugee crisis is that many of the displaced refugees are children, experiencing unimaginable loss and violence. Many experts believe that education is the way to ensure this "lost generation" will have a future, yet many children are forced to skip school. Children who are able to escape the violence of their home country still face unimaginable challenges as they are forced to restart their life in an unfamiliar place. Even those children who are given some educational opportunity are often provided insufficient mental health support needed to cope with the trauma they've experienced. There is an immediate need to support these children to foster their belief in intellectual challenge and achievement.
The project: Whether a kid in age or at heart, creativity is a fundamental expression of curiosity , adventure, and self. Creative thinking and achievement has been a proven to be a catalyst for positive thinking, personal exploration, and positive self-esteem. Even if this is only possible for 5 minutes a day, what an invaluable moment of relief that would be for a child's development. I have created and developed a creative activity journal called "I Made This...an Art Book for Children" to be distributed as an educational and personal resource to children who are in limbo between fleeing a dangerous homeland and being able to settle into a life of new opportunity and security. This journal is directed toward children to provide something of their own that they can work on wherever they are, something that they can be proud of, something that challenges them in an encouraging way. The journal includes over 50 drawing, writing, and game prompts, biographies and artwork of 3 international artists with tips on how to create in their style, and over 50 blank and lined pages for independent practice and creations. These books are being offered to organizationson on the front line of immigrant and refugee support, whether in a camp or a detention center. This is a small step in a bigger movement to help provide compassion and education for refugees.
The fundraiser: Each journal will cost approximately $15.00 to produce. Money raised will be used for the publishing, delivery, and distribution of the journals, including shipping costs if needed. Any funds left after production and delivery are covered may be used to produce additional books or donated to the organization facilitating distribution.
Thank you: Thank you for your contribution! I'm happy to be able to add your name to the list (an actual list in the book) of amazing people who have made this happen. The response to provide these children with a way to express, explore, and develop their creativity has been one of resounding humanity.