In my travels I have been fortunate to visit places and to meet people that have changed me forever. Many of these people are children touched by tragedy despair, children who have lost their parents, their homes, and their hopes
As a child-survivor of the Chernobyl disaster and the horrors of war (Georgia-Abkhazia), I have experienced the loss of people and things dear to me. I understand how traumatized children need to confront their ordeals and thus move on with their lives. One of the most effective ways for children is to express their feelings is through art.
The recent loss of my only child prompted me to act. With the help of friends, I have established the Give a Voice to Children foundation. Its mission is to help these children to overcome their inner sorrows and despair. With the generous support from people like you, we have started delivering art kits to children who have experienced trauma from natural disasters, wars and abandonment. Each kit includes the basic tools needed to create wonderful pieces of art, along with books, educational materials and sweets. In return children submit their artwork, to be displayed in art centers, galleries, children's hospitals, and schools to inspire and give comfort to others.
As we build the foundation, we will post updates, projects and events here. If you would like to assist in our efforts or make financial contributions, please contact me for more information.
Photos from the Road