Posted by: AlisonSeibert in: Media Relations -
On a recent Saturday night in a loft space in Philadelphia, almost one hundred people showed up for a gallery show. The colors were vibrant, the paintings were signed. But this wasn’t just any gallery exhibit. All of the stunning artwork was creatively and painstakingly crafted on treated bark paper… by students from Awegys Comprehensive Secondary School in Kigo, Uganda.
Organized by the Mtaala Foundation, a grassroots non-profit that creates and supports educational communities for vulnerable children and at-risk youth, the art exhibition featured a charity art auction to support the construction of a health clinic at the school. The clinic will not only serve the school, but also provide medical care to the village where no other such care exists.
Mtaala’s art auction raised money to begin the clinics’ construction while allowing the students at Awegys to truly participate in supporting their own education. True to Mtaala’s mission, the event reinforced the ideal of empowering youth through learning and giving back to their community.
I personally got involved with Mtaala after my family spent a summer in Uganda to work with students and the country’s child “night walkers.” Overwhelmed by the need and thirst for education that these children had, my parents (a middle school teacher and a construction executive) created Mtaala to attempt to fulfill this need.
For more information on the Mtaala Foundation or how you can support our work, please visit www.mtaala.org.
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