In 2007, the Children’s Art Village began its first art & music program at the Village of Hope orphanage in Ghana, Africa. The orphanage is located 26 miles southwest of the capital, Accra. Ever since that first program launched in the summer of August 2007, CAV has supported an on-going art program at orphanage school – Hope Christian Academy, affiliated directly with the Village of Hope Orphanage. During the school year there is a full-time teacher dedicated in teaching the Creative Arts Curriculum at the Hope Christian Academy. Each summer there is a special week-long art & music program whereby American artist teachers travel to the Village of Hope and are joined by local Ghanaian art teachers to work exclusively with the orphans at the Village of Hope.
Beginning May 2010, the Children’s Art Village (“CAV”),in partnership with the Aadhi Arts Academy, began a sustainable art & music program at the Sevalaya Orphanage located in a small village 20 miles outside of Chennai, India. Chennai, is located in the southeast coast of India on the Bay of Bengal. Sevalaya in Sanskrit means Temple of Service. The Sevalaya is home to 200 orphans and is active in servicing its community of impoverished and deprived. The Sevalaya administers a school serving over 1,500 children – 200 of the Sevalaya orphans and 1,300 day students from the surrounding area. It is an honor for the Children’s Art Village to be able to partner with the Sevalaya Orphanage and band in a common belief of serving abandoned children.
It is our hope at CAV to give these children at the Sevalaya orphanage an opportunity to express themselves and transcend above their impoverished condition.
The Sevalaya Orphanage is a truly special place. The Sevalaya administration operates as a “We” consciousness and it is evident in everything that they do and how this positively affects the orphans that they care for. The Sevalaya believes that good citizens are essential for the welfare of the Nation. It is the duty of the parents to bring up their children to become such good citizens. For orphans, it becomes the duty of the society to take charge of them, give them shelter, love and affection, self-confidence and life-coping education. Without this support there is a risk that they will fall a prey to antisocial elements, and themselves become antisocial.
In November 2011, the Children’s Art Village (“CAV”) began partnering with the Unatti Foundation to offer ongoing art programs at the Unatti Orphanage, located in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The art programs provide year-long art classes to not only the orphans at the Unatti but also to the street children, specifically in the Bhaktapur area where the Unatii Orphanage is located. The children meet regularly to work on art projects and are taught by a local Nepalese art teacher.
The Unatti Orphanage is home to 18 girls and has been in existence since 1998. The Founder, Stephanie Waisler, lives in Los Angeles, CA. The Unatti is run effectively by Ramesh Pradhananga, a native Nepalese who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business from Nepal. The Unatti has an art & music center in which all the classes are held regularly for the children.
The Unatti programs work as preventative measures, addressing the root of the harmful perpetuating cycle of sexism, poverty, and child trafficking. By empowering girls and women through education, arts, music and community programs the Unatti Foundation seeks to create long-term changes for women to prepare them with tools for a brighter more productive future.