Red Earth

The rain poured down as we bustled our way to John Adam Street, past Christmas Carolers, last minute shoppers and tipsy office workers celebrating the last days at work. The sun was just about set now and London was falling into the dark early evening Winter, lights of shops and buildings reflected on the wet floor and splashes of puddles flicked up from Taxi wheels and speeding buses hurtling like bright-eyed alien toys on glistening liquid tarmac. So it was with relief and an overwhelming warmth that we entered the Strand Gallery, which this week is host to “The Colours of Africa” exhibition. A celebratory riot of colour from the hands of children  in Masindi, Uganda.

Bright Jazz hands by Musimenta in Masindi, Uganda. Red Earth Education. Selling exhibition at the Strand Gallery

Bright Jazz hands by Musimenta in Masindi, Uganda. Red Earth Education. Selling exhibition at the Strand Gallery

This week long exhibition which closes on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at 3pm, is a wonderful collection of bright paintings by children of Masindi. The walls in the gallery exude the energy, hopes and aspirations of the children who painted them.

A riot of colour and energy from the hands of the children in Masindi, Uganda.

A riot of colour and energy from the hands of the children in Masindi, Uganda.

In August 2012 RedEarth created and ran this project with the aim of helping them to express themselves, and this was the first time most of them had experienced how to use paint, charcoal and pastels. RedEarth  helps give a good education to children in rural Africa, they are professional educationalists, and as such help structure good practice in teaching and learning in schools, improving life chances of the children by improving their educational prospects. By creating stable educational programmes this helps keep children in school which means they in turn develop greater chances to be financially independent.

Their mantra, and one that is so true around the world: “The Only valid Doorway out of Poverty is Education”. If you can, please support them by maybe donating by text to 70070 and text REDE00  (that’s zero zero) and give a £1 (plus network rate).

If you would like to see any of the work, please contact Lynne Pritchard redeartheducation@yahoo.co.uk

Red Earth Education - the only valid doorway out of poverty is education

Red Earth Education – the only valid doorway out of poverty is education

www.redeartheducation.co.uk

www.thestrandgallery.com 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP

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This entry was published on December 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm and is filed under Africa, arts, Editorial, London, people, Review, The Arts, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Red Earth

  1. I’m visiting your blog after seeing you liked one of my posts. You have an absolutely beautiful site here and it looks as though you are doing some important work. May you be blessed in your efforts!

    • What an amazingly lovely thing to say, thank you Tony. I’ve been lucky to have met some amazing people this year who are doing some life changing works all over the world and on our doorstep. Am trying to do my bit! Kindest wishes to you. I love the way you write too!

  2. Saphina Kobusinge on said:

    Commiting yourself to tap the potentials of the young ones – the pillars of tommorrow’s world is a very incredible thing that you are real doing. Only people with a big and selfless heart – who are very rare take up such a commitment. Let your efforts in helping these young ones break through ignorance and poverty be blessed. Bravo! Bravo! Red Earth.

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