Weʼve raised £290 to buy project resources e.g. basic props, pens, paper, paint, stickers etc., for the four-week Creative Outlet Program, taking place in Uganda
- Matugga, Central Region, Uganda
- Funded on Wednesday, 1st November 2017
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‘A Creative Outlet Program: Improving Wellbeing Through Theatrics’
2001 was the birth of The Revival Centre (RC) in Matugga, Uganda - a primary classroom was built, fit for 30 children. Ten years on, the Centre now provides primary school education to 450 pupils, secondary school education to 200 pupils, and a home to over 100 needy and orphaned children. The Centre also has a clinic serving the children and the community, a church, and a farm which was established in 2009. Founder, Bishop Ivan Lugoloobi had this dream, and with the help of vicar Roger Fry, from Ilkley in England, his dream became a reality. Bishop Ivan's cause for action arose from the passionate vision to provide a future for the children whose lives were devastated by Civil war, famine and the scourge of Aids and other diseases. In their shared desire to give the next generation a hope for the future, especially those with no family or home, Bishop Ivan, Roger Fry and a group of Charity Trustees have successfully established a strong and growing organisation, which has dramatically improved the lives of hundreds of children.
For the month of October, I will be running a four-week theatre-based program, with the aim to provide a ‘safe space’ for the children of the RC, to explore and expand upon creative interests, and encourage personal growth. I will be working with a group of eight, nine, and ten year olds. The main workshop will be implemented within the school curriculum: the poems that they are learning in their English Literature class will be analysed, and brought to life. Weekly, theatrical and analytical skills will be systematically developed – starting with basic introductory trust exercises, developing story-telling skills, encouraging an abstract understanding of words and emotions, and building the confidence to perform. Highlighting the emotionally descriptive, and metaphorical words/ phrases within the poems, the children will be encouraged to explore, in-depth, how these words/ phrases make them feel. Through this exploration, the project aims to open a dialogue and platform for emotional expression.
The idea is loosely based upon the concept of ‘drama therapy’; an active and experiential approach to setting goals, solving problems, expressing feelings, or achieving catharsis. The arts are said to “bring into focus that which cannot be spoken” (Treves, 2016); a benefit, that I believe, holds strength world-wide. This all stems from my interest in the power of creative expression, and its ability to aid the understanding of emotions. Needs of which are rife within the community of people I will be working with.
As well as this, a side-line workshop will take place after-school, and will work with the ‘Champions’ of the organisation who are housed there. The children are called ‘Champions’ rather than orphaned, or disadvantaged, since they aspire to make the most of the education, support and guidance that they receive at the Centre. During the after-school hours the children will be introduced to a classic Western ‘tale’, and encouraged to produce an African version. I will be learning far more from them, than they will be from me, during this workshop.
The project was awarded funding by The Leeds for Life Foundation, from The University of Leeds. This fantastic opportunity helped cover the cost of my flights. However, in the hope to provide the children with a variety of helpful, creative and exciting resources; I have set up this JustGiving page to raise the money to cover these expenses.
Any amount of support, by means of donation (large or small), or simply by sharing this link with others, will be very much appreciated.
Thank you so much for reading! I have a huge amount of love for you all.
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Sep 27, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
You're amazing. I'm so excited for this to start, and hear every inspiring detail when you return. So much love my friend!!!!!
Sep 15, 2017
Congratulations Ellen x
Sep 15, 2017
I am sure you will have a great time in Matugga, I wish you well and maybe I will be able to visit.... we shall see!
Sep 14, 2017
I´m shore you´re doing a fenomenal jobb over there:) Brave people with big hearts, big thoughts and creative minds usually do:) Take care:))
Sep 14, 2017
Very proud of you Ellen - it's a wonderful thing that you are taking part in - good luck
Sep 14, 2017
You go girl
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Matugga, Central Region, Uganda
Ellen Maslin, 22 years old, recent Psychology graduate from the University of Leeds. I have two major passions in life: People and The Arts. Using what I've learnt throughout my years of study, as well as my personal interests, I am trying to improve the lives of others.