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Empower Art's 4th Annual Art with Heart Benefit December 8th at Amala Foundation

Hello friends, family, and colleagues, 

This year, the benefit will be held jointly with the Amala Foundation http://www.amalafoundation.org/, a local non-profit whose mission is to inspire youth to live in unity, serve compassionately and lead peacefully through local and international humanitarian service projects.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Empower Art, our mission is to help youth and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse learn healthy coping skills through artistic expression.  You can RSVP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/175624855909337/

During the past year, we have worked to further our mission by hosting our first annual "Art in the Park" event - a free event that provides kids of all ages the opportunity to be creative and participate in art projects, and partnered with various organizations, including Safeplace, the Amala Foundation, the Trinity Center, Texas Network of Youth Services and Martin Middle School.    Proceeds from this year's event will support the missions of both Amala and Empower Art, with a portion used for a collaborative service project between the organizations. 

 

We are still looking for event sponsors, donors, and volunteers for this year's event. Our ability to further our mission is largely due to you and your generosity and participation in our previous benefits, so thank you and we hope to see you again this year!  Please feel free to invite others and spread the word! 

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Karibu Kwenye Uganda! That means "Welcome to Uganda" in Swahili

we_love_empower_artWell I made it! Months of planning, weeks of packing, days in flight and I finally made to the HOCW headquaters located outside the capital city of Kampala. It was a very warm welcome, with friendly faces and hot food! It took me a few days to get used to the 8 hour time difference, the lack of power, no hot water, and then no running water. There was a welcoming party for me last Thursday, and all the students came for the celebrations. There were signs everywhere welcoming me and thanking another volunteer Fiona, who had been here teaching for the last two months. There was one sign that said "We Love Empower Art!"  There were speeches, singing and my favorite, dancing.

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We had our first Empower Art women's workshop on Wednesday. The topic was power and empowerment, and there were 26 participants, and 3 translators. Though from different countries, cultures, religions, and language groups the women were able to come together and experience a sense of community and comradery  Whether they spoke in French, English, Swahili, or Lugandan, the message was the same: They all experienced violence, and were looking forward to empowering themselves and working together for peace in their hearts, minds and community. 

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