“When John (10 years old) began classes with the program through Project Creo, he had many challenges integrating with the other students and focusing on his artwork due to bouts of anger and agression. John then initiated personal sessions with the local Project Creo trained team of facilitators in order to express his feelings and have a safe and private space to commuicate his personal frustrations through his art-making.
John continued in the program, and in the last summer camp which he participated, he integrated smoothly with the other children, showing behaviour of respect for himself and for those around him - in some very special moments, he even gave some hugs and joined the group in distributing notes of encouragement! His grandmother passed away during this summer camp, and noticing Jhon was a bit more quiet and introverted upon arrival that day, I asked what might be bothering him. He shared his feelings about her passing, and we set up a candle in the office with some flowers made from recycled materiales in order to honor her together that day.
The John that came to the program at the beginning of the year was not the same John lighting a candle and expresing his emotions with strength, grace, and clarity. I bumped into John on the street the other day, and he ran to me with a big smile and hug, staying by my side until it was time to part. The hurt I saw in his eyes the first day we met is now filled with a spark of hope - a belief that he deserves happiness.”
-Project Creo Facilitator
"Through the project she found an opportunityfor a new start, knowing she was not just a victim of her situation, but a creator of new possiblities."
-Social Worker, ECUADOR
“Jessica (8 years old) was admitted to the program with a medical diagnosis of intellectual disability with minimal language capabilities due to shocking physical and psychological abuse she endured in her own home at a very yong age. As a result, she had difficulty completing words with a debilitating stutter which resulted in challenges interacting with others due to low self-esteem. When she came to the program being developed by Project Creo, she was working with a foundation that provides pedagogical assistance to children and adolescents that have had difficulties with the formal education system.
The foundation participated free of charge in Project Creo and Foundation Crisfe’s program, receiving assistance in the achievement of their educational goals, as well as instilling the main philosophy that a child can ‘believe in herself because she has worth’ so that she can ‘create the life she loves because she is a creator.’ This arts-based education method had a positive and shocking impact on Damaris’ life: through the project she was empowered with the knowledge of her important role in this world, love for herself, and she found her inner-strengths and creativity that she needs to acheive her dreams. At the end of the process, Damaris not only spoke clearly and confidently in front an audience of over a hundred peers and community members, but she sang, danced, and acted. Through the project she found an opportunity for a new start, knowing she was not just a victim of her situation, but a creator of new possiblities.”
- Social Worker, Ecuador