It gave Theo Dombrowski a real lift to have his work appreciated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in a feature article on their Canadian website at the end of August. Tracking stories of supporters, the organization asked him to write about why he directs profits from his artwork to humanitarian work:
In this piece, Theo concludes with words that will surely resonate with all readers: “Like everyone reading this newsletter, I have wanted to help others — people who may be otherwise much like myself, but who by bad luck alone have been affected by war, famine or disease. It has been by far the most meaningful part of my retirement that I have been able to tap into my writing and artistic skills to help the work of MSF.”
If you live in the Oceanside region of Vancouver Island, do drop by the Aldea Maya booth at the St. Mark’s Fair in Qualicum on Saturday, July 25. You’ll be able to find out more about the work of this charity in the Lake Atitlan area in Guatemala, notably in giving children a chance to carrying on their education beyond elementary school. You’ll also have a chance to buy some of the intricate beadwork done by students and their mothers.
This registered Canadian charity is worth your support. See its website for background on what it has achieved so far, and what it hopes to achieve: http://www.aldeamaya.ca
You can also support the work of Aldea Maya through buying (for $35 or $50) the paintings done by some of the students I taught in April when volunteering in the Chukumuk school outside Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala. See some of these great kids and their paintings (for sale) on the Guatemala page of this website, under Artwork.
One of my framed landscapes and several signed prints will be sold next Saturday at the art show Raiders of Lost Art, at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville, June 6, 10am-4pm. Numerous of my signed prints are also for sale. All proceeds will go to the excellent Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
If you have a chance to attend this art show, I encourage you to do so. It’s organized by Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers, an impressive local group which coordinates the creativity, energy, and organizational skills of senior women in this region of Vancouver Island. Their Campaign supports grandmothers in subSaharan Africa who have buried their own children (victims of the AIDS pandemic) and are raising their grandchildren — often in conditions of extreme hardship. How could anyone NOT support such a campaign of solidarity, uniting grandmothers in two continents to give the next generation a chance?