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Help make a difference in the lives of at risk children in Thailand, by giving them a new positive outlook on life.

Shar will be traveling to Asia in June to begin the first project in Art for Empowerment series. This pilot project will be Stabile Artistico, where she will travel to Thailand and teach art workshops to local children susceptible to exploitation, drug-abuse, child-prostitution and people trafficking. The aim is to empower these at risk children to create a healthy self identity, allow personal expression, and create new skills through critical thinking, and problem solving. Offering them the opportunity to pursue a more fulfilling and healthy life path.

Background information on the project:
Stabile Artistico” is a project that Arteca Onlus is launching in April 2011 to work with young refugees from the Mon and Karen ethnic groups currently in Thailand (Sangkhlaburi). The project aims to use art to involve as many young people as possible who may be in high-risk situations (susceptible to exploitation, drug-abuse, child-prostitution and people trafficking). By giving them free access to the project space, they will have a place to go where they are free to pursue their interests and be themselves. Instead of spending their time working in the fields with no opportunity to develop and to play as children.
By opening up various artistic avenues (visual art, sculpture, music, circus skills and traditional dance) the “Stabile Artistico” aims to be as stimulating as possible for participants who are encouraged to develop interests and focus on personal development while at the same time developing relationships with others. The “Stabile Artistico” plan involves setting-up a permanent presence of local instructors who will be trained by a team of qualified arts workers in courses lasting upwards of one month.
In addition to art-therapy – allowing the children a form of expression for the real challenges in their life – it helps them create new ways of thinking. The children will look at themselves in a different ways and also begin to see the variety of life’s options.
a healthy self identity in the children

For more information on this project please visit: www.sweetazpirations.wordpress.com

Donations can also be mailed to 1533 Strasdin Ln. Fallon NV 89406 (made payable to Shar Towner)
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