Energizing Goudoubo Refugee Community Through Art

“Joining the class was better for me, for loneliness. I didn’t have friends before the project. Now everyone in the project is my friend.”

-Feedy, age 15, Goudoubo Project Participant

March 2014 – June 2014

Goudoubo Refugee Camp, Burkina Faso

36 youth participants

Promoted tolerance and unity

Following the success of our Energizing a Refugee Community Through Art project, we received funding to execute a similar project in Goudoubo Refugee Camp. At the time of the project, the camp was home to approximately 10,500 Malian refugees who had fled from Touareg rebels and Islamic extremists, who had been creating a violent and unsafe situation for the people living in northern Mali since early 2012.

Colors of Connection, in partnership with the Save the Children, targeted 36 out-of-school youth aged 12-18 to create two murals in public spaces in Goudoubo.

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“I feel joy when I look at the murals because I see a message of peace, and now I am hopeful of returning to my country in peace because if the youth, who are the strength of the society, understand this message of peaceful cohabitation, all will be well for the future.”

-Ati Wallet Ibrahim, Resident of Goudoubo Refugee Camp

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