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AHS 9th grade students create artwork for refugee teens in Malaysia


Posted Date: 02/20/2020

AHS 9th grade students create artwork for refugee teens in Malaysia

Twenty-Two Students and Four Staff members from JB Alexander 9th Grade Campus participated in providing 30 portraits to the International Non-Profit organization, The Memory Project. The portraits are going to Malaysia to refugee teens. As of end December 2019, there were some 178,580 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia. Refugees come from neighboring countries of Myanmar, Pakistan, Yemin, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Iraque. There are some 45,960 child refugees below the age of 18.

The Memory Project is dedicated to promoting intercultural awareness, friendship, and kindness between children around the world through the universal language of art. We have been fortunate to have 250,000 youth involved in our programs since 2004. The organization  places a special emphasis on creating portraits for children in countries that have tension with the United States as a gesture of peace and friendship.

By facilitating the creation and delivery of heartfelt artwork made by children for children, The Memory Project strives to break cultural barriers, leave children with a unique childhood memory, inspire creativity, show children living in difficult situations that they are valued, and cultivate a kinder world. We want to empower teachers and students in their pursuit of the same goals.This art program promotes intercultural awareness, creating unique childhood memories, showing children around the world that they are valued. Every child who receives a portrait has a different story. Some live in refugee camps, others have lost their families, and others live in severe poverty.

Each year The Memory Project partners with different charities around the world to create portraits for new children. The charities send photos of their children and these are distributed to our participating high school art teachers. The art teachers then work with their students to create one-of-a-kind portraits for every child. The art teachers send all of the finished portraits to The Memory Project, who delivers them to the children.

JB Alexander 9th Grade Campus Memory Project Participants:

9th Grade Students:

Anthony Hernandez

David Elizondo

Rheya Walker

Damaris Rodriguez

Alisson Rocha

Amber Fuentes

Camila Guardiana

Erik Garica

Ethan Del Monte

Gianni Cisneros

Isabella Salinas

Jose Cruz

Madison Byrd

Meagan Saenz

Mirabella Maldonado

Robert Villafranca

Vanessa Castillo

Victoria Palacios

Minelly Camargo

Cecilia Vasquez

Robert Gutierrez

Valeria Villanueva

 

Staff Participants:

Kassandra Perez

Jose Medellin

Nancy Poinsot

Karla Walters

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