love to the Children of post-conflict and post-Ebola Sierra Leone.
Bears and Toys will bear witness to the plight of kids affected by war in
Sierra Leone bringing smiles and hope to the hundreds of amputee kids and kids
of amputee parents. The B-Gifted foundation is planning to make donations of
gifts to hundreds of kids from amputee camps in Sierra Leone starting during
Christmas, the New Year, and throughout the year. Do you have toys for kids,
books, and playstations? this can be a salve in the wounds.
In March of 2010 Andrea
Patten one of B-Gifted numerous friends who runs the program (what Kids Need to
succeed) introduced us to two American artists Keisha Luce and Kirk
Terrograssa. The artists were visiting Sierra Leone to work on a documentary
Project ‘Testimonies’ with B-Gifted Foundation in Sierra Leone lending a
supporting hand to the host artists. ‘Testimony’ is a figurative sculpture
installation joining oral history that explored the personal and cultural
history of bodies amputated, shaped and altered by Sierra Leone’s decade long
civil war. In the tradition of documentary art such as photography and film,
these artists developed documentary sculpture (using life molding techniques)
as a vehicle to examine the social, personal and historic issues surrounding
disfigurements, resulting from war and conflict.
The project brought to
light the personal stories of ordinary people, living under the extra-ordinary
consequences of war.
B-Gifted Staff and their
American Artist friends, visited several Amputee camps, Oslo Amputee
Resettlement Camp in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone, the Grafton Amputee Camp in
Waterloo, the Four Mile Amputee Camp. Apart from the challenges faced by the
amputee parents, we realized that many of these bare-footed kids, with
beautiful faces and smiles bore some share of the gruesome consequences of the
war. The kids were not going to school, had poor health, and faced daily hunger
and starvation. This situation is worsened because these amputees who once
lived a normal life before they were amputated had good jobs, but can no longer
fend for the family because they are deprived of arms and legs. They relied on
begging for meager food and money which is not forthcoming. Their parents whose
arms or legs or limbs have been amputated are the forgotten victims of the
nation and the world seem to look away from their plight. But we must no
longer look away from their children who will grow up with the thought of war.
Bringing Teddy’s, Toys and gift to their homes will show love, uplift their
souls, and bring a glimmer of hope
and radiant smiles to their faces, Show some love', is a project that will hep salve the wounds of amputees and their children by providing gifts and showing some love and care to them through the gesture of donating gift such as teddy bears, toys, books, pencils and other essential items that can help these children cope in the aftermath of war and now Ebola . This show of love, bring peace and joy in their hearts, and make these children realize that others do care for them and they are not alone. B-Gifted Foundation is a not for profit which believes that peace is not only a core human value but a core human rights. Using the Teddy bear initiative as a starting point, B-Gifted hopes to collect Teddy bears, toys, books, and other essential items for the hundreds of children