A drop of hope in your eyes

How Art Therapy in Addis Ababa helps children to believe in their tomorrow

Zemen, Art Class teacher, doing some sketches.
One of the children at JRS Addis playing in the patio.

They were completely lost. They were 10 and 12 years old by the time.

As these kind of signs of God’s will, a good-souled, old Eritrean woman found them in the station. They were able to understand each other because they all spoke the same language.

One of the children at CPC painting during their Art Class.

The CPC made a great job by finding a foster family for them, from Eritrean Origin as well. And engaged them in the Day Care Centre activities at CPC: English classes, music and art therapy, karate… and soon were able to be enrolled into formal school thanks to the support of JRS Case Management team.

This paiting was done by Lora one year after their arrival to JRS. When Zelalem, the Art Teacher, asked her about it, she explained:

Painting done by Lora.

“The back is black because of the pain and suffering we left behind… the past is dark, and the girl cries… But now, she is looking in front, and she has hope: the small white light in her eyes, because there is hope in her gaze. I have hope in front of me.”

The children spent 2 yeard in Addis, while the team at CPC were trying to locate their mother and solving the legal issues for them to be accepted to enter in Nairobi.

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JRS East Africa

Jesuit Refugee Service, with the goal of accompanying, serving and advocating for forcefully displaced people in Ethiopia, South Suda, Uganda and Kenya.