The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has made dreams come true for The Chicago Lighthouse's Children's Programs! They were able to secure the supplies we need for our art therapy program, from securing the just-right easels to help children with physical disabilities color and paint,to rounding up fun textural collage materials for our kids with visual impairments. On top of that, Dawne was a delight to work with!
The Resource Center of Somerset reached out to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation to request art supplies for the children we work with who have been traumatized after witnessing domestic violence in their home. The Resource Center of Somerset provides emergency shelter to families who are leaving a dangerous living situations. To address the needs of the children in the safe house, a Residential Youth Program was started. This program will be providing crisis-based counseling services for children of all ages, which includes art-based counseling activities. The primary goal of these services is to assist children in healing from the impact domestic violence has had on their families. As such, art supplies are greatly needed. All of these items donated by the Dreaming Zebra Foundation will be used during both individual and group counseling sessions with the children.
In addition to the therapeutic benefits of the materials, the art supplies will enable the children in shelter to engage in creative, everyday play. This play will provide a sense of normalcy to children who are experiencing an exceptionally tumultuous point in their lives. Such a wonderful gift that will help so many lives!
I've run or helped run a number of non-profits in my day. Unfortunately I can no longer physically handle the work. That doesn't stop me from giving what I can to those non-profit organizations that can carry the work on for me. Dreaming Zebra Foundation is one of those rare gems that while hard to find sometimes, do extraordinary work in meeting their mission. The work done is all voluntary even Dawn (the Director) works voluntarily to get art supplies to children who otherwise go with nothing. Fostering a love of art, and building the ability to create in children's lives, that from the outside seem hopeless, fosters two very important things: the joy in creating something of beauty that can be shared with others, and the knowledge that if I can create something that came from my own mind, I can do more. It's that spark of knowing that allows children to believe that they can do more with their lives and are not trapped in a hopeless situation. Dreaming Zebra does that every day and with virtually every penny spent on children, not administration and salary expenses. Mind you, these folks deserve to be paid for what they do, and so I gladly give to them what I can to aid in their work. Bravo Dawn!
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has become a huge blessing to Diakonos International - Art Day Celebration event in Haiti. As the Lead Artist, I have interacted with the children of Carrefour, Haiti. These two charities team up and play a key role inspiring children to express themselves through art. The results are amazing as we discover new talent every year. Dawne was so instrumental this year. Her support with art materials, back packs and shoes brought a huge smile to our children. Thank you Dawne and everyone at The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. We are "one" with creativity!
The Dreaming Zebra foundation is amazing. I am a counselor at a residential treatment facility which serves adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric issues. I requested supplies for our art studio and summer programming for partial hospitalization and group behavioral health counseling groups. I was amazed at the quick response and all of the supplies that the Dreaming Zebra was able to provide. Dawne was absolutely great to work with and asked lots of questions to make sure that we were getting the supplies we needed to meet our client's needs and the ability to provide creative treatment to our clients. .
I am an artist, supporter and fan of Dreaming Zebra Foundation (DZF). I am amazed how much can do one person - the founder of DZF - Dawne Camera, who really put all her heart and life to help children to have happy childhood and grow up kind people themselves. Dawne was not just dreaming of helping kids to experience the positive influence of art, she appealed to other people to donate the art supply and musical instruments - so children will not feel deprive of opportunity to get art or music lessons. I also really honor Dawne's ability not to ask anything for herself, as many non profit organizations do, but put all her hard work and financial resources to help low income people.