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JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE ART PROJECT

JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE ART PROJECT

2018 – Art for Good together with partner Jesuit Refugee Service Singapore (JRSS), embarked on a project to provide Art Therapy for Refugees. The refugees from this project reside in a medical respite facility in Malaysia, most have physical health issues, some are recovering from health issues and some suffering from incurable or terminal illnesses. The demographics of the residents are mostly Rohingya refugees.

 

Art Therapy is provided to the groups which include pre-school children, women, men and caregivers of the facility who were beginning to show signs of burn out. Each group is provided with a one hour art therapy session. The objective of the art therapy is to provide emotional support and therapeutic relief through their suffering. The project first started in November 2017 and continues regularly every 3-4 months. Art therapists are invites to come on a volunteer basis, JRSS sponsors the art materials, travel expenses, accommodation and food for the therapists over a 3 day period.

 

SOCIAL MISSION COMMUNITY ART PROJECT – The women from the facility create crafts, which Art for Good organises, sponsors the art materials, markets and sells the products. This creates engagement and sustainable income for the women at the facility. Artists are invited to join us in Malaysia, to teach women craft skills. The crafts are then transformed into merchandise to create both awareness and funding for this project. Some of the crafts will include sewing, embroidery and batik painting. Some of these crafts will be ready for sale in December 2018.