Our Goal: Rehabilitate former child soldiers through painting
Thousands of young boys were kidnapped, given drugs, and made to fight in a 14-year civil war. They were forced to commit the worst atrocities and war crimes known to man. After the war, they were abandoned and rejected. Their generals disappeared, their families rejected them, and society has driven them out. Now, they are homeless and without skills to create a normal life.
It is our goal, our mission, to save these young men. With your help, they can be rescued from the streets, and rehabilitated, through art.
Painting unlocks their creative intelligence and is the best way for us to better understand what they've experienced. Imagine what their art could reveal about life and the strength of the human spirit! Painting will bring peace and hope to former child soldiers and the money raised will enable more boys to begin healing through art.
After all the rejection they've faced, this is our opportunity to accept them and support them in creating something that is truly valuable. This may be their only opportunity to express themselves appropriately and begin mending the emotional and psychological damage that has been done.
Please back our project so we can support these boys and share their message through art with the world.
What We Need & What You Get
We need to raise $25,000 so we can help more boys abandon their addictions, learn life skills, and heal from their experiences though art. When boys are rescued from the streets, they come to us bruised, scarred, abandoned, neglected, and suffering from addictions. After six months of rehabilitation, they are drug free and have learned to work together. The program gives them the skills necessary to create a normal life for themselves, their families, and the country of Liberia.
The money raised will go directly to providing the former child soldiers clothing, food, shelter, and rehabilitation. These boys are taught to work together, solve problems, speak French, drive automobiles, and heal from the horror they have experienced. The art they create in this program will help them heal, and will also give them a positive creative outlet.
By supporting our cause, you create peace, peace for former child soldiers, women, children, and the country of Liberia. By rescuing the boys from the street, you are creating safety for women and children, and helping the entire country heal.
Backers of our cause have the opportunity to receive some amazing rewards. Some of the rewards include: pictures and stories of the boys, watercolor prints and original art created by the child soldiers, hand-beaded wooden bracelets, hand-carved wooden tribal masks, or even a trip with Sahbu.org to help build schools, collect the art, and rescue more boys.
There are over 40,000 former child soldiers in Liberia. With your help, these boys will become responsible fathers, leaders, teachers, and business owners. Right now, thousands of boys are still homeless, living in cemetaries and abandoned buildings, without education or the even the skills necessary to have a normal life. By contributing, you help boys become men - honest, educated men, that want to help their country heal and progress.
Each day these boys are painting in hopes that one day they can sell their artwork to the world, and use the funds to save their brothers. You can make this dream come true for them, and help rescue more former child soldiers.
Other Ways You Can Help
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