A Peacebuilding Institute Affiliate
The B-Gifted Foundation was founded by a McGill
University Sauv� Scholar, Andrew Benson Greene, Jr., for the
purpose of helping the people of Sierra Leone rebuild their
lives and establish a society based on nonviolent cooperation,
following a decade of war and violence. Our program gives
hope to the people for a future of sustainable development and
human dignity by promoting friendship, peace, and collaboration.
Our efforts in achieving this involve promoting social justice
legislation, conducting non-violence workshops for people in
Sierra Leone and other countries, organizing peace clubs in
Schools, engaging women and young people in technology for
global interaction and education, creativity and arts that
foster peace, human rights and social justice.
These youths, torn
from their homes and forced to commit horrible acts under great
duress, effectively became Sierra Leone's lost generation.
When peace was finally achieved in 2001, these youths were left
without families, direction, or hope. Peace education and
human rights awareness raising is essential to help redress the
past. The youth beneficiaries served by B-Gifted Sierra
Leone are still nursing the wounds from the aftermath of the
war. Some were child soldier conscripts who now are in
great need of social, emotional, and practical skills.
Others grew up in a hostile, war-torn environment, knowing only
poverty, fear, and destitution. Still others languish in
the diamond mines, forgoing education for a life of toil. All of
these young girls, boys, and children, are the future that
Sierra Leone has to depend on, and B-Gifted SL is committed to
preparing this generation for its responsibilities in the years
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
The Artist in Residence for Human Rights (AIR4HR) is one of B-Gifted Foundations unique upcoming programs that brings new insight into the field of human rights and democracy in Sierra Leone through arts in residency and residency through arts that is made possible through the eyes of human rights artist. The AIR4HR also seeks and demands from the selected artists to bring a unique perspective in the field of human rights and the values of peace, human rights and democracy must therefore be the subject of their work and at the core of their thinking as they go through the three months residency to create messages that not just foster human rights values, but also bring hope, to people whose rights have been violated, and unearth the present, past human rights abuses, or seeks unique and thought provoking ways to curb human rights abuses, through these artistic genres: literature (poetry, play writing, drama, prose and short stories), photography, music, filming, art work comprising drawing paintings and cartons, craft work, and graphic arts.
about the Artist in Residence for Human Rights Program
B-Gifted Foundation is looking for a few dedicated students who would like to make a difference in the world by working with us in Sierra Leone. Below is an application form to be completed in its entirety. Contact us for more detailed information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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