Purpose of Coloring Change
In the spirit of girls empowerment through art, Colors of Connection is launching an art submission contest
that will support our girls program in Goma, DR Congo. By participating in Coloring Change, you are contributing
to the creation of a culture of powerful women and girls. Your support goes towards our current Girl Awakening program.
How to participate:
To enter the contest, create your own vision inspired by one of the contest prompts.
Submit to us for a small donation to support girl participants in Goma. The contest runs April 21 – May 21!
What is the Girl Awakening program?
Colors of Connection is supporting 80 girls in developing critical strengths and capabilities to be resilient leaders in their communities.
The Girl Awakening program is a community-led approach based in the creative arts. In our program, girls learn essential life skill sets
to thrive in their communities and cope with trauma. In addition, they are elevated as leaders as they advocate
for a collective vision of a more equitable future through public art.
How does this work?
1. Arts and Life Skills Program
Girls build social capital, resilience and skills through
bi-weekly year-round sessions.
Protecting girls from violence, poverty and marginalization.
2. Public Art Engagement
Girls gather community input and create public
murals and posters centered on gender equality issues.
Promoting positive social norms and enabling girls to connect
in more meaningful and empowered ways with their communities.
3. Mentorship Component
Engages older girls in the community with a sufficient education
level to be mentors to support program participants and
pays them a monthly stipend.
Creating incentives for the community to invest in girls’ education.
Supports girls in their short term and long term goals by offering scholarships to pursue their primary and secondary education.
Ensuring girls complete basic education, creating a solid foundation for their futures.
“I was motivated to work on theFeza Balanga, staff of our local partner Les Étoiles Messagères: A Girls Arts Collective
[Colors of Connection] projects,
because I wanted to accompany our
daughters of Goma, helping them to be like other women, awake and
reflecting on their future.”
To learn more:
Follow our blog for program updates
Read more about the program here