Every year we visit these beautiful children who all face poverty and possibility of leaving school because of financial barriers. Some of the children are orphans, most have only one parent and some are living with HIV/AIDS. We visit their families and interview the child and caregiver(s). Each child is given art materials and some instruction, and we ask them to create a drawing or painting of their dream for their own future or of some aspect of their lives in Tanzania. It’s overwhelming to see the light of creativity and joy shine in their eyes when they start to draw or paint. Most of the children have never seen coloured pencils or paints but the innate creativity of childhood always comes through.
The children want to stay in school as long as possible and dream of careers within their community. They want to be doctors, teachers, engineers, store-owners and truck drivers. Many have dreams to help others and this is reflected in many of their artworks. To date we have seen, and have had reported to us by their teachers, much improvement in school grades, appearance, and general well-being.
To learn about each child, click on their image or name.