This is the Artbound story in Kenya. After raising $150,000, the team traveled to the Maasai Mara region in February 2011 to help fund an all girls high school and fully build an arts school that will teach various arts forms. The skills learned from the arts program will not only enrich the girl’s personal development, but also help them generate sustainable sources of income.
Photography by Ron Murphy and Zark Farah. Directed by Jason Dehni and Amanda Alvaro.
Artbound is a nonprofit volunteer organization that harnesses the power of the arts to ensure that underprivileged children live better lives. Our mandate is to engage our local community in global volunteer, school building and mentorship.
Artbound partners with artists, and those passionate about the arts, to raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty. By building schools that enrich children with a full education, including art schools and programming, we aid in the development of skills that generate sustainable income.
Artbound also supports Free The Children’s Adopt a Village model that provides clean water, medical care facilities and alternative income programs – all working in unison to allow children to learn and develop in a healthy and safe environment.
In 2011, the Artbound team traveled to Kenya to assist in building the country’s first school dedicated to arts. The pavilion and its programs, which have been fully integrated into the Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School, provide a colourful centre for singing, painting, dance and theatre. Grammy Award Winner Nelly Furtado, Principle Dancer Jillian Vanstone from The National Ballet of Canada, and many other artists were part of the team in Kenya.
From our HQ in Toronto, Artbound is currently in the second phase of a 2-year capital campaign that will not only give Canadian youth the essential opportunities to flourish in the arts, but also reinforce what we started in Kenya. In addition, funds are earmarked for our Adopt a Village project in Rajasthan, India. The building starts January 2014!