13 Sep Project Ghana Workshop Video Teaser
Did you know that Beauty for Freedom has served over 1500 survivors of trafficking and at-risk youth in the US, Ghana, India and Cambodia in the last 4 years through our art therapy initiatives and fundraising/awareness-raising global campaigns?
Beauty for Freedom #ProjectGhana | Challenging Heights
To sustain and grow their empowerment initiatives through the arts, Beauty for Freedom partnered with Challenging Heights teaching an art therapy initiative featuring photography, watercolor painting and mural workshops to over 300 youth at the CH Friends International Academy and 58 young survivors of labor trafficking currently housed in the recovery program at the Challenging Heights Hovde House. Beauty for Freedom brought in over
150 lbs of art supplies and professional DSLR camera equipment the youth used to create original artwork in the workshop series from June 24-July 7th, 2017.
The workshops culminated in a community art exhibition supporting the creative process of the youth. The exhibition included Inside Out Project photography walls, an empowerment art mural featuring hopes and dreams of the youth, and their original paintings for textile design. All of the youth’s artwork was then trans- ported to the US and will be featured in fashion design collaborations, group exhibits with professional art- ists and a photo book which will be additional fundraisers produced by Beauty for Freedom for Challenging Heights’ local programming in Ghana
“Deploying arts and art therapy is a big part of our work at Challenging Heights. Remember there is an issue of self-esteem with survivors, so this work with Beauty for Freedom helps these children to have improved self-esteem…to hope and to dream that anything is possible and that they can do it! Challenging Heights is an organization that I created to solve the issues I faced in my childhood. A childhood where I was sold into slavery at the age of 6 years old and finally escaping at the age of 13, working up to 17 hours per day facing unspeakable abuses and hard labor. I wish that I had someone to care for me, to rescue me to save me. I found the opportunity to do so with these survivors with Challenging Heights and partnerships with organi- zations like Beauty for Freedom can help us reach the goals of eradicating child slavery in Ghana.”
– James Kofi Annan | President of Challenging Heights and Survivor of Child Slavery
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