Monthly Archives: February 2012

A story from a volunteer in Honduras

Honduras – In 2010, Aware went to Honduras, one of the poorest nations in Central America, to run an art program with orphaned girls to increase self-esteem though self-expression for more information about the project click here.

Hi, my name’s Brett.  I’m from Melbourne, I’m 26, I play cricket, and I support the Carlton football club.  I had never really imagined volunteering overseas as something I’d be interested in, and then I became a volunteer at Aware. When the director, Stacey, said that she’d be going to Honduras to run an art program with orphaned girls – I knew I had get on board.

In the lead up to the trip, I was really excited about the opportunity to be part of a program that was helping those less fortunate than myself.

My first impression of the participants was that they were friendly. They were excited to be taking part in the program and really inquisitive about us.

I have many embarrassing photos of the girls drawing on my face, not really the type of art we had in mind, but creative none-the-less. The experience taught me a lot about how powerful it was for these girls to have some time out during the week where they could focus on having fun and express themselves through art without worrying about “real life” for a while. It was an amazing thing to be a part of, and I look forward to future opportunities to volunteer with Aware overseas.

– written by Brett, 26 year old volunteer

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The Artist – an Aware Fundraiser

Last night, Aware hosted a film fundraiser at the Palace Kino cinema in Melbourne.  The profits went to fund our program in Cambodia and we couldn’t have picked a better film to highlight our vision of empowerment through art.

The Artist is an Oscar nominated film that tells the story of celebrity actor who is on top of the world in Hollywood. Times change and his genre of movies, silent films, goes out of style. Unable to adapt to the new way of film making – sound, he becomes lost without his art form.

Relying on the help from a furry friend, his long time chauffeur, and a young lady he helped make into a star, he is able to regain his self confidence and self worth through his art.

More than 40 people attended the fundraiser to help support our programs in Kenya and Cambodia and encourage children and women to feel that same inspiration and empowerment as The Artist. With your help we raised hundreds of dollars to help source materials and facilitate our projects! Thank you so much!!

Find out more about our Cambodia project here

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This is where it all starts!

Hello world,

AWARE (check out our website and our Facebook) is getting serious about spreading awareness about disadvantaged youth around the world.  And we’re going to blog it.

Stay tuned for posts about our projects and what we’re learning about globally!

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