Through arts and play, the Art For Life programme helps children cope with trauma, by giving them an outlet for free expression, building the confidence of each individual child, and allowing them to reclaim their lost childhoods. We use art as a tool for communication, self-expression, and self-exploration. We address the psychosocial needs of both students and adults living and working at Pepo La Tumaini, inclusive of community groups. Pupils, staff and outreach workers use a variety of different art media through which they express and work through personal & community issues.
The Art For Life artist in residency programme engages international artists to work with our pupils and community groups. Collaborative art productions explore equitable storytelling art as social action.
Productions have included a community carnival, digital story-telling, short film production and street art. International artists and researchers have included: Pax Nindi, Joel Lukhovi, Lionel Garang, Sandra Ahern, Boyd Hill, Dr. Abiodum Odunlami, Hannah Schaedler, Hermanus and Sarah Kruger.
“Since 2004 when I first found Pepo La Tumaini in Kenya, to this day, I am amazed by the sheer force for good this small organisation has become. First, it was only Khadja and her one-woman campaign to save the children whose parents were dying from HIV-AIDS. Now it’s grown into a community powerhouse that deserves all our support. Tumaini stands between these children and the street.”