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Childrens Art Village, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, International, International Relief, Mental Health

Mission: At the Children's Art Village ("CAV") our vision is to connect children to themselves and to their creative spirits through art. Our focus is to use art & music as mediums of expression to initiate the process of healing for children who have been abandoned.

Results: Going on our fourth successful sustainable Creative Arts Curriculum in Ghana at the Village of Hope. Additionally, we are completing our first successful year with our ongoing art program at the Sevalaya Orphanage located outside of Chennai, India.

Target demographics: Abandoned children in third world countries.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000 children in our Creative Arts Program in Ghana and India

Geographic areas served: Children in third world countries

Programs: Ongoing arts & music programs funded by CAV at the Village of Hope Orphanage in Ghana and at the Sevalaya Orphanage in Chennai, India.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Childrens Art Village is an inspiring and well-structured organization from which my non-profit has learned a great deal. As a teaching artist, I have worked all over the globe with at-risk and orphaned youth, teaching filmmaking and acting. Mai's commitment to and execution of a sustainable programming model is like no other I have seen in this work. Children's Art Village not only empowers the children they work with, but also the entire volunteer body, staff, and surrounding village. The impact of their work has an unending ripple effect. Mai is both a business woman and a spiritual artist. She has laid a solid foundation, on which art, healing, and change may flourish.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a practicing pyschologist with a marriage family therapist (MFT) license. I have known the Director of the Children' Art Village, Mai Lai, since she finished her graduate studies in pyschology back in 2006. I am a mentor and sounding board to Mai. I have helped her to formulate ideas of to utilize art in various therapeutic processes. This in turn has been used with the programming by the Children's Art Village.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Mai Lai for over a year and became acquainted with her vision of service and extraordinary dedication to the Children’s Art Village. As an educator and healing practitioner I clearly see the Children’s Art Village as an effective motivational, inner healing, community building, and self-expanding organization for orphaned children. Such program has the uniqueness of applying the transformational power of art and community building as effective tools to heal the deep wounds of abuse and neglect.