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    Using painting for fun - and for fueling futures

    Day 276

    Outside the Box

    We wanted to give the Yemeni refugee students we work with an opportunity to do something outside of the classroom, something that might be different than their normal day to day. Learning to hone their painting skills is something that most students don’t really get an opportunity to do – but it’s a great creative outlet. And, it could serve them well in the future too.

    Painting can be for art, or for fun, but it can also be good business. Many signs – from shops to restaurants to businesses – are hand painted in Mogadishu. So having this skill in your back pocket is never a bad idea.

    Together with the arts teacher at one of the schools we work in, Bartamaha, we put together a brush painting workshop for students – girls and boys alike.

    “In our traditional context, social-cultural perceptions tie painting and brush work to masculinity,” he said. “but I am proud to offer this skill to everyone!”

    “I am happy that I did the painting,” said one girl. “Women are not limited to only some jobs, everyone can develop their potential in any field.”

    We couldn’t agree more! We cheered them on as they learned a new thing and had a little fun – a day well spent indeed.

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