Diaspora of Hope Art Camp

22 12 2010

A reflection on art camp from our director, Moses:

The Camp in Mombasa was one of my most memorable moments with Mathare kids. It’s memorable because I had earlier during the year promised to take them to Mombasa but I didn’t know how. It was also memorable because it was the first time I spent around eight hours in a bus and five nights with the kids. I can’t really say the feeling that Inspiration Centre kids had. I can simply say that they had great time.

The camp was amazing. Our first night was for us to find where to sleep, shower and eat. I was teaching photography and was being assisted by Andrew and Godfrey. We had nine disposable and one digital camera. We also had received a donation of video camera from one of the volunteers  which we were able to use to record what was going on at the camp.

We were all looking forward to going to the beach every afternoon. We had set our afternoon free so that we could all go for beach except one day which we decided to go to Fort Jesus and the Likoni Ferry.

I have a feeling that we have set high standards for next year. Some kids were saying that they want to go to Tanzania next year. I just laughed it off but I guess with God all things are possible (just like I didn’t know how to take them to Mombasa, Tanzania may be a replica).

Being the director of Inspiration Centre and doubling it up as the director for the camp, was tiresome and demanding. I was forced to make executive and tough decisions at some point. All in all , everything went well, just a few teething problems here and there but nothing that I couldn’t handle. I guess next year God willing, we will do even better.

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Mombassa Here We Come

22 11 2010

A message from Moses, our director:

Hi everyone, Good News to Inspiration Centre kids: First of all, I just came back from a trip to Mombasa and I can now confidently confirm that our kids will be having art camp at Rise and Shine school in Mombasa and they will be going to the beach Everyday…….Thank you God for making this happen to the least of them all!

This is really great news. As I said in the last post, most of these kids hardly leave Mathare, let alone have the opportunity to travel all the way to the coast. And for those of us who have spent any time playing in the ocean with sand between our toes, we know this is truly a blessing. Thank you so much to everyone that has helped make it happen! In just a few short days, 60 kids and 26 volunteers will board a bus headed to Mombassa for the Diaspora of Art Camp. Please continue to pray for the logistics as we prepare, safe travels, and a wonderful week of art and fun for the kids.

Here are some photos that Kaylie Sauter, the BuildaBridge “Artist on Call,” took on the scouting trip:

The courtyard of Rise and Shine Academy

The kitchen

The dining area

To read more visit Kaylie’s blog: http://kbritten.wordpress.com/


29 10 2010

For the last few years, Inspiration Centre has been hosting the Diaspora of Hope art camp in conjunction with BuildaBridge — an organization that uses the arts to help people in difficult situations to heal from trauma and find hope for their future.  We concentrate on themes of peace and community building while teaching the kids various art techniques and skills. Last year, we had poetry, dancing, theatre, photography, and mural painting among the activities to participate in.

Mural painted during last year's camp

This year’s camp is just one month away! (It will start on November 29 and go until December 4). The theme this year is EQUALITY and UNITY. In the past, the camp has been held right here in Mathare. However, this year, we are planning to take about 80 kids out of the slum for a week-long art retreat. Our dream is to go all the way to Tindaret in the Rift Valley (6 hours away). We have found a location that has all of the necessary facilities to house the children and even feed them — located in a beautiful rural setting. Most of the kids here at the center have hardly left the Mathare area, let alone Nairobi. The chance to experience another part of the country and take a break from their daily burdens would be amazing for these kids!

To be able to put on such a production, we need your help. First of all, please pray for us as we plan this exciting event. We’ve never had the kids on an overnight trip before — this will definitely be a challenge for our volunteers to manage. Second, if you’re in the Nairobi area, we are still looking for tents, sleeping bags, and food for the trip. If you can assist with any of these things, please call Moses at +254725891263 or +254735333237.

Finally, we estimate that it will cost around $2000 to put this whole production on. Costs include transportation to and from the camp, art supplies, and food. Most our volunteer art teachers also come from the slums, so we hope to fund their travel as well.

You can sponsor 1 child for just $15.00

Here’s how:

Make Checks To: Center for Transforming Mission* and earmark check:  Nairobi (Mathare Art Camp 2010)
Send Check To:
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

OR For Automatic Deposit: Please email Lana Rocke at  Lanarocke@CTMnet.org

*all donations through Center for Transforming Mission are tax-deductible

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