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BE THE PEACE - BE THE HOPE
"Let us be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
Hundreds of lives positively impacted in Houston and Africa


Our humanitarian team provided a 7-day Educational and Healing Art Program to Refugee Camp Youth in two Burkina-Faso Refugee camp . They also transported nearly 600 pieces of artwork created by children from Houston schools and community centers to the Refugee camps to share with the children there. The evaluation we performed on 110 out of the 600 children we worked with confirmed that the mission was extremely successful. It showed to Refugees Children that they are not forgotten. If you want to know about this unique and impactful program , click here or watch the video.

 
 
Hope Tent mock-up
"United in Peace and Hope" : The artworks of the refugee kids and the Houston kids brings together a very visual and colorful vision of Peace and Hope. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
For more details about the program, please keep reading!
 
 
 
 
 
An Educational Healing Art Program and Exchange between Houston Youth and Children in Refugee Camps
Educational Integrated Arts Program for Children in Refugee Camps


The "Be the Peace - Be the Hope" program implements an educational curriculum focused on therapeutic arts and mindfulness for refugee children in the camps and Houston youth from participating schools and community centers. If you want to know more about our program, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Delivered through the powerful medium of art created by children for children, these messages symbolize positive intentions for the future. By cultivating compassion, awareness, and global connection through simple actions, this program expands the youth's collective capacity for dialogue and for uniting forces in order to create the positive change they wish to see in the world, despite disparate situations. 

 
 
 
 
 
Want to spread more Hope, join the movement and make a difference?
 
 
 
 
You can still donate or purchase photographs of the exhibition to help us spread more Peace and Hope  
To support our Educational and Healing Program contact Alicia Campos at 
281-508-5276 or aliciacampos7@yahoo.com.
 
 
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Documentation and Exhibitions
Spreading Awareness throughout Houston through Citizenship Month


The “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” pilot program is culminating in several traveling exhibitions during Houston's Citizenship Month that document “The Cycle of Hope” shown below. Displayed in various locations, including Houston Public Libraries, Harris County Public Library, participating schools, and the tunnel at Houston City Hall, these exhibitions take viewers on a visual journey from life in Houston to life in refugee camps and back. These presentations offers glimpses of the entire program through photographs, video footage, and personal art pieces created by the children from both worlds. Participating students from Houston are invited to curate their own mini-exhibitions of the project in the participating schools and community centers.

The exhibit at Houston City Hall is on display now at City Hall Underground Gallery through the month of November.
 
 
 
 
The Be the Peace Be the Hope replica tent was first showcase at the Aga Khan Foundation - Walk | iRun in Sam Houston Park , on the Saturday 12th November. 
Participants were able to have more information about our Educational and Healing Art Program and we celebrated together Citizenship Month. More than 7000 participants were engaged with the community and promoted awareness of one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. Children were happy to share their colorful messages of peace with us. 
 
 
 
 
The official unveiling of the “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” Educational and Community Art Exhibition took place on Wednesday 16th of November at Houston City Hall. Guests were able to see for the first time our Be the Peace-Be the Hope video of the humanitarian trip to Burkina-Faso. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Cycle of Hope image
 
 
 
 

As a citizen led call-to-action, we are planning to host a contest inviting the Houston youth to propose ideas and projects that encourage local actions of hope. Entries will be juried, and the winning proposal will be granted funding for its implementation in the Houston community. The idea behind these exhibitions is to demonstrate how hope can travel through different countries and cultures through the compassionate spirits of children. Through this program, children can create bridges between their cultures, using simple actions to plant seeds of hope locally while sharing hope across oceans where it can take root and spread even further. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Be the Peace - Be the Hope" & Nothing But Nets
Combining Our Efforts to Make a Greater Impact


In the spirit of hope, we will also raise money to gift mosquito nets to the children from our pilot program camps in Burkina Faso, to prevent them from contracting malaria. Now in its tenth year, Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Nothing But Nets raises awareness, funds, and voices to protect families, leading the movement to defeat malaria worldwide. We are proud donors to Nothing But Nets' work in Burkina Faso this year. In 2016, Burkina Faso is a focus country of Nothing But Nets efforts, as well as the location of the first “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” art collaborative.
 
 
Nothing But Nets photo
A family with a Nothing But Nets mosquito net
 
 
 
We hope that you will join our hope-filled efforts by supporting the "Be the Peace - Be the Hope" program. We thank you for any contribution to this program.

Your generosity will allow us to continue to improve the lives of under-served, vulnerable, and at-risk youth both locally and globally.
 
 
 
 
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This program is led and supported by a collective of prominent Houston and International organizations including NGOs; Cultural Institutions; Community and Artistic non-profits; Private Institutions: IEDA Relief, UNA-USA, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Volunteer Houston, FotoFest International, David Lynch Foundation, HISD, CFISD, The Wide School, Harris County Public Library, Houston Public Library, City of Houston, Aga Khan Foundation, Taiwanese Heritage Society Houston, Houston-Nice Sister City Committee, Azerbaijan Center Houston, Innovate At Work, Americorps Vista, Pixels, The Center for the Healing Arts & Sciences.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Thank you to our many volunteers, sponsors, and partners who are helping us make a difference every day!  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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