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Project Create: India

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This July, I am headed to India!

The needs in India are overwhelming. India has approximately three times the population of the United States living in one third of the space. Introduce intense poverty, famine, drought, natural disasters, and AIDS, and you have a recipe for tragedy and most significantly, vulnerable children. India has the largest number of estimated orphans and vulnerable children in the world — 31 million. In addition, 60,000 children a year are born with HIV in India and that number continues to significantly increase. Orphan Outreach makes it a priority to come alongside Indian nationals and work with them as they serve their own people. Orphan Outreach provides vital support for several important projects in India.

This trip is the starting point for a larger initiative I am developing to bring art supplies to children in impoverished countries. In many locations around the world, organizations are only able to focus on providing the basic needs for the children living there, leaving other "extras" scarce.

Considered a "luxury," many children living in poverty don't have access to much needed art supplies, which can play a vital part in their development, creative thinking, problem-solving and overall happiness. My goal is to change this, and to work towards giving all children access to a creative outlet.

The Plan:

Phase 1: Travel to India with Orphan Outreach, delivering art supplies to children in various locations in India (the GanSabra HIV home in Aizawl and the Dar-Ul-Fazl Children's Home [House of Grace] and Rainbow School in Shuuru, near Manali). In addition, I will work on laying the groundwork for an AIGA Design For Good initiative I plan to work towards launching fall of this year. This initial trip will also be used as a case-study and evaluate the potential of this program.

Phase 2: Use the case-study developed to garner support and funding to create a program that partners with schools and orphanages around the world providing children with much needed art supplies (paper, coloring books, crayons, markers, paint, etc) to give a way to express themselves creatively.



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