Empire des Enfants, Dakar, Senegal
The history of street children in Senegal is a highly complex one. Many come to the city believing they will be educated at one of the city’s Koranic schools only to find they are put on the streets to beg. Some children remain on the street and live by begging. Empire des Enfants cares for some of these children and works to reunite them with their families. Until that time, the children are resident at Empire, a purpose built home. Sarah has visited on numerous occasions and spent up to 4 weeks there delivering art workshops for the children.
She has devised and run projects on collage, painting, rag rug making for which she provides all the necessary materials.
Sarah has led a group of HMP Bullingdon prisoners to produce artwork focusing on their environment. The project enabled the men to consider and articulate their views on their surroundings and represent them in their artwork. The resulting works will go on exhibition in May 2019 as part of the Oxfordshire artweeks festival and then at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot in October 2019. The project has allowed the prisoners time to get absorbed in a creative project with a clear end result that they can be proud of.
The Onesimus Children Development Association (OCDA) is an non-governmental organization, established in 2006 by Nega Meaza, who is now the Director of the NGO. OCDA seeks to rescue Ethiopian's children at risk, ensuring they remain in or return to a loving family. It provides holistic programs that meet their physical, emotional, developmental, and spiritual needs.
Sarah visited Onesimus in March 2019 and delivered a week of art workshops to a group of 12 boys. Read her report here OnesimusreportApril2019