An Art Project for Nepal
COPYRIGHT 2008/2009 ALL PICS:
ROLF SCHMELZER, KATHMANDU/POKHARA
Cordula Ehms and Ray Wilkins wrote on Friday, July 11th, 2008 ; )
"A Barefoot School Benefit Art Project. A few weeks ago after reading about the school projects that Rolf Schmelzer has initiated in Nepal we at the Barefoot School asked ourselves "What can WE do to help?" Cordula Ehms took on a "Schoolsponsoring" for the Arundeep Academy (www.arundeepacademy.blogspot.com) and recommended the project to other people resulting in further School sponsoring.
Then we had the idea for a Benefit Art Project and "Hope for the Children" was born.
Rolf sent me many photos of the children in Pokhara and from these photos I chose three to paint. While standing in our studio painting these paintings I was very moved by the faces, especially the eyes of these very special children I could see the hope and joy and at the same time the sadness and poverty.
In some of the photos especially those from the orphanage I could see the deep desperation and the tears of loneliness. Doing this project has shown us how much we can do for these children of the future with but a little bit of financial support.
We are not just supporting the children and people of Pokhara with money. We are giving them the possibilty to take their destiny into their own hands and create an independant future by enabling the children to receive an education and to learn how to run their own lives and how to fullfil their dreams.
And WE are not stopping here we have decided to do a whole series of paintings entitled "The Spirit of Nepal" based on Photos taken by Rolf Schmelzer. Part of the profit of every painting sold will go on to support this School project in a country that has just begun to stand up on still, shaky legs of a new democracy, facing a future filled with hope and smiling faces. Cordula Ehms and Ray Wilkins, The Barefoot School."
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS
(4 - 7 Euro fee per month per child depending on school ; ))
IBAN DE 69 37050299 1151 1028 27
Rolf Schmelzer, account number 115 110 2827
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