Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Hands of Action Art Project Donation Page

Uganda through the eyes of a child

The Hands of Action volunteer team in Uganda have done a magnificent job of organising, distributing, coaching, collecting and collating 600 pieces of artwork created by the children from four primary schools and orphanages in the Bududa district of Eastern Uganda.

They've now completed the process of selecting the the best 400 of those pictures and they ready for shipment to Ridealist in Hong Kong. Frankly, if it was possible, I would like to get all 600.

Some paintings have been described by the volunteers as just simply "awesome" - but aren't all creations from the imagination of a child "awesome" in one way or another?

They were painted by children from all age groups and backgrounds.

Many were orphans, in full time care. Others live with their family, but their situation is dire.

Life is a day to day struggle, but you don't see it in their faces.

What you do see is intelligence, ambition, pride.

They are not looking for a hand-out. They understand that they need some support, but their underlying determination to be independent means they insist on giving something back.

They are not beggars. In this project, they are your partners.

Their paintings and their dreams will now travel thousands of miles to Hong Kong, where they will be scanned and put into an online gallery to be admired by countless numbers of people from countries all around the world.

About 50 or 60 will also be framed for a physical exhibition and auction.

All funds raised from the online and physical auction will be donated to the participating schools.

If we could find a business generous enough to do the scanning and provide the frames, we'd be delighted.

In the meantime, we need to look for donations to take this project forward.

You can make a contribution by clicking on the button below.

If we exceed the amount requested, or if we don't spend it all, then any funds left over will be sent to the Hands of Africa team in Uganda to help support their programmes.

Ridealist is a legally registered society in Hong Kong. All our services are provided on a strictly volunteer / pro-bono basis.

On behalf of the children, thank you.

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