When I say the words “international” and “art”, you probably think of the Louvre or Picasso. Beautiful things, although maybe ones that are far-removed, and people you don’t connect to. But imagine using art you create as a way to reach, inspire, and give life-changing opportunities to a new audience? (You need not be a professional artist to apply.)
My long-time friend Zoe (that’s her above – isn’t she beautiful?) and her campus ministry friends wanted to create an opportunity like this. They wanted to take their love of art, share it, and make it go further.
The campus ministry of the church we both attend hosts an annual basketball competition fundraiser. JamQuest raises funds to pay school fees for 30 children in Mukuru slums in Nairobi.
However, Zoe, Heather, Desiree, and Alison wanted to contribute with their artistic talents in an event all their own. “From HeART to HeART” brings in artists to instruct attendees at various stations. Attendees then create art which is later actually sent to encourage those children in Nairobi. Funds are also raised through the event to send to the children to help with their education.
“Our purpose is to use our passions of serving, creativity, and art to give the children an opportunity, empowering them to follow their dreams and to impact their communities and their families. To build relationships with them with hope and love. All the while inspiring others to make a difference in their community.”
These fundraisers are kind of a big deal. From two events, they have raised over $5000 and mailed over 200 pieces of art to the children in Nairobi. They are truly making a difference.
The children’s responses to the art are priceless.
Charlotte wrote, “I am so thankful for the art crafts that you have made. They are so lovely and they also make me feel more loved, appreciated, and also the drawing of the hospital inspired me. I promise you that I will do my best and have a hospital of my own.”
Vincent wrote, “The gifts you sent me were wonderful and admirable. Besides, they touch my heart with hope and strength, to keep on having visions.”
The third event will take place September 29, 2018. If their mission moves you, I so encourage you to check out the JamQuest/From HeART to HeART event page, and even consider making a donation to further the impact of this event. They’re also on Instagram.
Finally, if you feel creatively inspired, consider hosting an event of your own! Contact Zoe to find out about creating a local “From HeART to HeART” event – on your campus, at your workplace, in your kids’ school system. This event can create a lot of change in the lives of children in poverty, and connect people from different backgrounds all over the world.