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Review for Childrens Art Village, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Children Art Village had provided me the opportunity to affect the children of the orphanage run by Christ Church in fetteh- Gomoa in central region of Ghana.
I am da-costa Adeoye and was invited by Mai Breach on behalf of the children’s Art village to participate in the one week children’s Art summer school that provides the children with experiences in music, drawing, painting, sculpture, textile design, dance and craft.
I had always loved to impart knowledge into others and engage in human capital development through art.
Art is a veritable tool to developing the three domains of human that is the affective (attitude), cognitive (knowledge), and psycho motor (skill) domain.
This was the focus of our endeavour when I and my friend Olusegun Adeniyi an astute and amiable art instructor cum painter was in Ghana. The children of the Hope orphanage were able to express themselves in a relaxed atmosphere to learn art as this had gone a long way to providing a therapy for children that had gone through some painful past. The classes were enjoyable to the children.
Our students express joy and they had fulfillment in what they were learning. It also affords me and Olusegun of exporting our skill via a charity programme at the CAV summer Art class.
I cannot but talk about Mai Breach a visionary leader who made everyone to feel comfortable and stay focused. It was so evident that she was doing all that for her love for humanity seeing all the virtues, care, and unparalleled leadership she displayed in Ghana. Worthy of commendation is the sense of urgency and passion with which she does her work.
I would like to do more with CAV using my God-given talent and skill to encourage and bring up children to become a better and responsible citizen of this world.
There are innate abilities locked up and embedded in every child and it is such laudable project like CAV’s summer art school that can harness and develop it.
Moreover, future wise these children will also if given opportunity would do the same to their generation and those coming after them, so one cannot over emphasize the benefits of conscientising and changing the thinking/mentality of these wards towards improving humanity in whatever noble way.
Consequently, many tyrants and Despots that has gone down in history became ruthless and devoid of every form of human feelings due to the fact that their childhood was marred with different kind of abuse and deprivations as a result, myself and my friend Olusegun have purposed to go any length rightly possible to be an instrument of change and development to this generation especially the upcoming children. As it was once said by “Edmund Burke” that the greatest evil is not the one that has been done but when good people refuses to do something about the ills of our days (Paraphrased).
Art appeals to the psyche of every human being. It can tame the widest, heal the hurtful, fill the void of the emptied, comfort the soul of the bruised and change the view of the misled. And CAV had provided the perfect platform for those that have the same vision to do something. The challenges in our world, which also pose a threat to our corporate peaceful co-existence, should stir us to act.
As da-Costa Adeoye and Olusegun Adeniyi is poised to continue to add value to humanity especially children through textile design, drawing, painting, and crafts. The experience in Ghana as facilitated by Mai Breach and the donors to the CAV programme cannot be easily forgotten. As long as we can continue to have such project like the summer Art school of the children’s Art Village then there is hope that the world would be a better place for us and the upcoming generation.

Role:  Volunteer & Volunteer Art Instructor.