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OPEN ARTS AFRICA creates inspiration, education and promise for the children of Cura and other orphanages in Africa through the arts and sustainable initiatives that enhance nutrition, health and educ

Open Arts Africa (OAA) aims to provide nurturing, opportunities, inspiration, enhanced education and the universal language of art to orphaned children in Africa today so they may become the leaders and proprietors of a successful and sustainable tomorrow.

OAA provides means that best support successful learning and blossoming in all areas of life by bridging gaps in education and basic needs for orphans in Africa. OAA operates via a two-pronged approach:
1. An extensive, volunteer-based arts exchange program whereby global artists impart skills, a widened perspective, vocational opportunities and the developmental benefits of an arts education;
2. The identification of sustainable solutions to best address pressing needs within education, overall health, nutrition and the environment in the African communities with which OAA collaborates.

Open Arts Africa founder, Nicole Fantl, is currently raising money for specific needs identified during her time living at the orphanage in Cura, Kenya.
- THE CURA ARTS CENTER:
We aim to create a space for expression and creativity for the children of Cura by renovating a vacant building next to the orphanage. Volunteers will have a space to work in and build upon that is dedicated to the creative development and enjoyment of the children. A local arts teacher will be recruited to work with the children on an ongoing basis and to oversee the arts center. Additionally, the children will be able to create works that can be exhibited and sold at Open Arts Africa fundraising events on their behalf. $7000 is needed to make this a reality.
- Free School Lunch Program: Many of the local children come from families too poor to give the food to come to school with so they go without. How can a child grow, be healthy and learn without eating all day? At $67 per year per child, $20000 for the first year is needed for the 300 children.

1. Education

2. Sustainability

3. Health