We are very excited to have had a brand new Suubi project kick off two weeks ago; 'Art for Children with Special Needs.' Through a shared love and passion to want to help disabled children, Mbabazi Hellen, in Uganda, and HUG board member, Loretta Lilford, have joined forces to kick off this new project that will focus on teaching art to a small group of disabled students at Kakunyu School.
After graduating from her university degree in teaching and art in January 2016, Hellen began to spend more and more time visiting the children at Kakunyu school for disabled children. She soon came up with the idea of combining her teaching and art skills to provide a way for these students to express their emotions and boost their self confidence.
Hellen had met Loretta in 2014 when she had been volunteering at Suubi Centre. During this time Loretta had spoken to Hellen and others about her longing to help the disabled children of Uganda. With this in mind, Hellen shared her 'Art for Children with Special Needs' idea with her. What a perfect fit; both these compassionate ladies, from opposite sides of the world, want to bring a little joy in to the lives of these special children and see them reach their full potential. So the decision was made for Hellen to begin teaching 10 students, two days a week for four hours while Loretta will be busy inspiring people in Australia to get involved.
We were all very excited, on May 30th, when Hellen and her assistant Henry held the very first class. Check out what has been achieved already, in only two short weeks:
The principal at Kakunyu, Mary Kibiito, was thrilled when Hellen and Henry approached her with the idea of running art sessions for the children. She whole heartedly agrees that this project is going to enhance the quality of the children lives.
The first session saw the children hard at work as they learned to thread beads
and draw pieces of fruit and vegetables.
The next session, the skill of shading was used when drawing stilllife pieces.
Students were also excited to make pictures with banana fibre and learn weaving skills that they will use to make bracelets.
It was already evident that even though the children have disabilities they are still able to produce beautiful pieces.
They were all extremely proud to show off what they had made and how lovely to see the smiles on everyones faces.
Drawing chickens during the third session required a lot of concentration from the students but.....
What beautiful chickens they drew!
The students listened intently as Hellen explained the next step in making craft.
We think this huge smile wraps up this blog perfectly!
It is wonderful to see how engaged the students have already become in their art work, after just two short week. It is exciting to think that simply by someone caring about them and believing they can do something, their self confidence is already starting to grow. We look forward to watching as this develops even more and the project progresses.