On the 14th of March i set out for Lugazi on the invitation of Jordan Hooper a teacher from Australia at the end of her volunteering mission with YOFAFO Youth focus foundation. This is an organization that empowers women and Children through education,health and micro finance http://www.yofafo.org/about-us I feel called as an artist to use the one thing in my hand which is color to outline the role of such initiatives and raise awareness there by contributing towards their undoubted potential to change lives, communities, the country and the entire African continent.
My role of the day was simple and i was well equipped with powder colors, paint brushes and paper. The theme of the day was " Today i will see my rainbow." Creation has all the color we need and my personal favorite could inspire someone else. Thankfully i had an audience of over 40 little ones in a class that was to paint for their very first time. A combined class of grade 5 and 6 about to share their rainbow experience with me.
Children remain my biggest inspiration and i go with an open mind in hope that am about to experience numerous highlights. This class had all the signs of good teachers around them with brilliant answers towards what seem to be easy questions but believe me they were answered with eloquence that one would not easily expect from children in such a remote area. Some of the children without any shoes but with enthusiasm so infectious that you would want to go back again and again.
I went hoping and praying that my color could be theirs but left instead with their color. And now am left anxious for another chance to head back for another rainbow experience. You see for every storm we are reassured by the colors of the rainbow that everything will be okay. Valence the founder of YOFAFO used exactly what he had through experience he held firm his colors in a place that only dreamed for a decent school, health care and infrastructure. Now his color has found it's way into the hearts of many in Lugazi.
Thanks to Jordan Hooper for her interest in my mission and the opportunity to engage the audience in yet another workshop that is so far my highlight this year. I look forward to more opportunities to stir the creative juices among the Children of Yofafo.