Energizing Mentao Refugee Community Through Art

“I trained in art, drawing and painting with the teacher and director Christina Mallie, and I am very pleased with the project.”

– Aminatou, age 17, Mentao Project Participant

November 2013 – February 2014

Mentao Refugee Camp, Burkina Faso

36 youth participants

Affirmed the importance of education and human rights

Colors of Connection, in partnership with the International Emergency and Development Aid Relief (IEDA Relief) who manage Mentao Refugee Camp, targeted 36 out-of-school youth aged 12-18 to create two murals in public spaces in Mentao, home to 10,500 Malian refugees.

This project was designed to address several significant dversities faced by this community. In addition to assisting youth, this project addressed issues related to promoting greater tolerance amongst the different ethnic groups in the camp, a more vibrant civil society, portrayal of culture, and self-awareness.

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“This project gives us hope because we say that everything that the children have drawn is like a dream that can become a reality tomorrow.”

-Fati Wallet Mohamed Elmoctar, Committee of Women, Mentao Refugee Camp

Made Possible With Support From

Riverside Sharing Fund

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