Naropa Community Art Studio- International
In January of 2011, a faculty member and 2 art therapy graduate students at the Naropa University began to entertain the idea of taking art therapy to work with social justice organizations abroad. In a matter of a few months these three organized a team of passionate art therapy students, created a sound fundraising plan and joined in partnership with Transitions Global, a non-profit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that works to support and empower survivors of sex trafficking - Naropa Community Art Studio - International was born!
Since that date we have been wildly blessed by community support and have currently raised enough money to send 3 groups of art therapy students to Cambodia to share the power of art therapy. We have expanded our partnerships and have joined forces with 3 other NGO's in Cambodia; Anjali House, Cambodia Women's Crisis Center, and Women's Handicraft and Development Association. We also maintain a relationship with Lotus Outreach, who has been instrumental in helping us find and sustain partnerships with viable organizations.
The intention behind this project is two-fold, 1.) to cultivate awareness about the diverse issues in the Cambodian culture, to learn about the historical and present day trauma endemic in their culture, especially as it has to do with domestic violence, poverty and sex trafficking and 2.) to bring knowledge about the healing power of art therapy and its usefulness to combat trauma and aid in self care.
We are so grateful for the generosity of so many family members and friends thus far. THANK YOU for helping to keep this project sustainable. The students and faculty involved in this project work tirelessly to make this dream come true, for themselves and the women and children we serve.
To learn more about the work we are doing please go visit us at our blog site at http://ncasi.wordpress.com/