Perseverance & Possibility in Kenya: Stories Capturing an Image of Intensity, Persistence & Big Dreams (Volume 3)

Perseverance & Possibility in Kenya: Stories Capturing an Image of Intensity, Persistence & Big Dreams (Volume 3)

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PERSISTENCE + PASSION = POSSIBILITY Award-winning ‘Cause Focused Storyteller’, Founder of Literacy Outreach Belize and Lead Facilitator for Artfully AWARE, Kristin Pedemonti’s passions are connecting cultures, encouraging people to share their journeys of overcoming adversity and building bridges between communities through their stories. Kristin reminds us we are all interconnected; our stories are important and we all have the potential to make a positive impact. In collaboration with Artfully AWARE, Kristin volunteers in developing countries collecting real stories from real people, focusing on Innovation & Creativity and Persistence & Possibility. Challenges & Adversity are also opportunities for creative problem solving. The goal is to break the cycle of dependency by featuring projects and programs created and run by local people utilizing their inherent talent. For ‘Perseverance & Possibility in Kenya - Stories Capturing an Image of Intensity, Persistence & Big Dreams’, Kristin spent a month volunteering in Kenya collecting these extraordinary stories and beautiful illustrations. ------------------------------------------------------- Artfully AWARE (AfA) uses creativity as an important tool for social improvement and emotional recovery of persons who have experienced traumatic events, disabilities or inadequate living conditions through our main program – The Storybook Project. Our unique educational project is a culmination of all of our past programs. Elements from previous workshops – including discussion, painting, photography, dance, theatrical performances, storytelling and music – have now been put together to form a complete holistic approach to working with communities. We inspire people to understand their unique power to influence their future by writing, illustrating, photographing and publishing their personal stories into a Storybook that is written in both English and their own local language. For many, our Storybooks offer a way of expressing internal feelings that have been repressed in times of turmoil and are often difficult to vocalize. One can not overstate the importance of communities being able to hold a history written by themselves in their own hands. Through each Storybook Project, AfA helps to restore the lives of people by teaching new skills that lifts them out of poverty and brings much needed resilience. Children and adults strengthen their minds and abilities through creative stimulation. We run Storybook themed workshops that utilize creative techniques to help train rural communities in business skills and build sustainable economic development. Our workshops are cathartic, therapeutic and build trust among participants. Once the Storybooks are published and printed, Artfully AWARE delivers copies to the participating communities and employs followup workshops. As we build up our collection of AfA Storybooks written by communities from around the world, we share these publications with fellow participants. Through our books we aim to engender cross-cultural learning, foster a greater awareness of human rights, encourage the break down of barriers and stereotypes and preserve cultural heritage. 100% of proceeds raised through the purchase of our book goes straight back into developing more educational arts programs for community members to promote empowerment, support psychological well-being, increase self-esteem and enhance local capacity building.