Working with Crossroads was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. They are unique origination in that even though they are a faith-based organization they do not promote themselves as such nor do they help only those of a similar faith. They reach out to all those they can help with the universal language of art. For example, one workshop we did was with toddlers in a small mission in Northern Kenya. When we walked into their compound there were children everywhere, sitting on the cement not one toy. Paula quickly introduced herself and told the sisters what she does. They were happy to have her do an art project with the children. We return the next day to do a project with the homeless elders and mothers who had been kicked out of their tribe for having twins. It was truly incredible to see the difference that this few hours made in the lives of so many people. This is why I am nominating Crossroads Africa's art program Art for the Heart.
Crossroads Africa is a testament to how a small group of people can have a major impact on the lives of the most vulnerable.
CA is a non-denominational, faith based organization created to cut through "red tape" and go directly to the challenge at hand. One ministry is to pastors in isolated, poverty stricken areas. Several Bible training centers have now developed from the many countless hours of seminars. For example the Crossroads Bible Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya and the Suguta Bible Training Center, Suguta Mar, Kenya. Now men can attend these centers and receive a One-year Diploma in Bible.
Crossroads also sponsors an art therapy program, Art for the Heart, where children traumatized by poverty, war, abuse and abandonment can freely express emotions without words.
For example, in 2008, CA identified a Northern Kenya tribal group of abandoned disabled children. Many of the children had been tortured, and left for dead. A local orphanage took the children but were ill-equipped to deal with their sever trauma. A week-long Art for the Heart workshop trained staff how to use specific art activities to help the children express their sadness and fear.