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Piedmont High School artists send Portrait Paintings to Orphans in Uganda, plus Money

Posted: Wed, February 14, 2018 | By: Buhanga (Uganda)

​Piedmont High School art students painted portraits of orphans living in Buhanga, Uganda—and had them delivered directly.

The process went like this:

Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) - which is located in Piedmont - offers orphan sponsorships on its webpage Photos are posted of the orphans that need tuition sponsorship at the local primary school (Mother Givers Humanist School, supported by BBI)

Piedmont High art students, enrolled in a class taught by Gillian Bailey, painted portraits of the orphans, and donated $5-$20 per person to BBI, to deliver to the Ugandan children.

Gillian mailed the paintings to Roger Hansen, in Utah - he is on the Board of Directors of BBI and he travels to Uganda regularly.

Roger delivered the paintings to Masereka Sebastian, the Secretary of the Buhanga-Thuligahuma Women’s Collective, the community group that directs activities at Mother Givers School. Masereka Sebastian lives in Kyarumba, a trading center at the base of the Ruwenzori Mountains.

Masereka Sebastian took the paintings to the village of Buhanga, via a steep dirt road that can only be navigated on foot or by motorcycle.

He hand-delivered the photos to `14 orphans at the school, and he took photographs of them holding their portraits. Three of the orphans were absent from school that day.

He also delivered the funds - $5-$20 - to each orphan.

BBI thanks everyone involved in this wonderful project and we hope it can continue each year!


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