In the last quarter of this year, the CEO & Founder of ArtReach is traveling to Jordan to begin serious discussions with identified candidates for potential sponsorship and partners. The trip is anticipated to be completed by December 20, 2008.
The ArtReach Foundation is also developing a strategic plan of action for the scale-up of the ArtReach model and has completed a three year budget of estimated cost. Depending upon the outcome of sponsorships and partners, some of these real costs may become in-kind gifts.
This commitments aims to achieve the following targets:
- 216,000 refugee children or children in conflict are expected to gain access to education
- 4,140 people are expected to gain skills that would enable them to improve their economic opportunities
The ArtReach Foundation, Inc. (ArtReach), a not for profit charitable organization, was founded in 1999. ArtReach focuses on the devastating effect of trauma on young people in countries torn apart by war or natural disaster. Through workshops and institutes, the ArtReach team - a staff that is a licensed, clinically qualified Core Leadership Group - teaches health care providers and teachers to integrate creative expressive therapeutic methods, activities, and group processes, into their work with children and adults. Most importantly, the impact of the ArtReach program is broadened exponentially through a model called 'Train the Trainers.' In the first five years, 275,000 children in Bosnia benefited from ArtReach's programs. As word has spread about this success, the demand for these programs increases daily, not only on foreign soil, but locally as well. Ambitious plans are underway to expand.
As a result of The ArtReach Foundation's work in Bosnia, a successful model of training teachers was created. Now, through this commitment, ArtReach plans to build on this model and create a full time training institute in the Middle East. ArtReach method and methodologies will be taught to teachers from 18 countries as an enhancement to their original pedagogical training. This training will enable them a better means to address difficult psychosocial issues within their classrooms.
The ArtReach Foundation is looking for donors, grantors, partners, and investment capital to sponsor the teachers who will take the training. The foundation is looking for in-kind donations such as a space for training, office space, furniture, computers, and art supplies.