Christchurch Art Battle

12 artists competed and 300 people voted. Together they raised $14,552!

And improved the lives of 6,837 people!

$14,552 paid for:

  • Clean water for 1,300 Kenyans

  • Menstrual health education for 150 Bangladeshi girls

  • Business skills training for 50 Kenyan women

  • Family planning support for 40 Cambodian women

  • Technical, literacy and sports clubs for 85 rural Bangladeshi students

  • A year of school lunches for 20 Cambodian children

  • Jobs for 34 Filipino women and a factory to supply for 60 more farmers

  • Access to story books for 5,098 Bangladeshi children


message from the organisers, Janet and GRAHAM

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Graham and I were so excited to be able to run Art Battle for Just Peoples.

When our son, Cam, took us to an Art Battle in Vancouver we knew immediately that this would be a perfect fundraising event to have in Christchurch to raise funds for a micro-project or two.

Our twelve, very brave artists had just 20 minutes to paint a canvas and they all did an outstanding job.  Every single painting sold at auction on the night and both the audience and artists had a fantastic time. They not only bid on paintings and voted for the artist who would become the 2018 Christchurch Art Battle Champion but they also helped choose the 8 micro-projects we were able to fund.

A huge, huge thank you to our very generous sponsors and donors and to everyone who supported us to help make this happen.  We couldn’t be happier.


Feedback from the people supported

1,300 rural Kenyans received clean, safe drinking water

Tiaty tribe’s former source of drinking water

Tiaty tribe’s former source of drinking water

Water filters being distributed

Water filters being distributed

A happy filter recipient (right) and a volunteer distributor

A happy filter recipient (right) and a volunteer distributor

 

Watch the community receiving the filters!

 
 
 

A village leader discusses the problem and thanks her donors

 
 
 

Wali set up libraries in 11 primary schools across Bangladesh, training the local teachers to use them effectively, and providing quality literature to more than 5,000 students!

 

With increased production capacity 60 Filipino farmers now supply sugar to local coffee chain giant, Bo’s Coffee!

Training for FDA certification

Training for FDA certification

Farmers gather to talk business!

Farmers gather to talk business!

Product testing and comparison

Product testing and comparison

Leodovico (centre) even got to meet the CEO of Bo’s coffee!

Leodovico (centre) even got to meet the CEO of Bo’s coffee!

 
We are so grateful for your generous support to our coconut sugar project. This will help a lot in improving our livelihood, have some money to send our children to school and to help more farmers in our community.
— Leodovico
 

20 Cambodian kids received a year of nutritious school lunches.

 

And 40 Cambodian women received family planning and health support from Srey Roth.

 
 

150 girls received this book created by Sharmin, to educate them about menstrual healthcare in Bangladesh.

This support is working as an inspiration to change millions of adolescent girls’ unhygienic practices of menstrual management in Bangladesh. The social taboo and superstitions on this very natural blessing, the uneasiness and shyness because of ignorance make the girls in Bangladesh less-confident that lag them behind in rest of their lives.

Our Wreetu book is here to enlighten the girls, their parents and teachers to break this stigma and embrace menstruation warmly creating a positive mindset on this issue. Though the demand is huge, we are going to print 150 copies of the book with the raised money and distribute among the disadvantaged adolescent girls.

We will conduct a workshop and before handing over the book, we will work to break their ice and make them speak out with their own challenges and problems with menstruation. The 150 girls will be our ambassadors to spread the positivity of the menstruation in their own community.

We are humbled and grateful for your support and inspiration. Please take our heartfelt and sincere thanks from all of us at Wreetu. This increases our commitment to do better for our society. We wish you all the very best and keep inspiring us always.
— Sharmin
 

Vante set up a speaking & literacy club, science & tech club, and sports club at his isolated, mountain school in Tanchi, Bangladesh - and the kids are loving them!

Girls prepare for their first ever soccer game!

Girls prepare for their first ever soccer game!

Students gather for speaking club

Students gather for speaking club

Girls enjoying their reading time

Girls enjoying their reading time

See them in action:

 
 
 
 
 

And 50 women and caregivers of children with disabilities from the Kibera slum in Kenya completed a 6-month business skills training program, so they can now earn a sustainable income.

The participants in the training named their group "Tuinuane" which means Uplift Each Other.

 

Thank you to the generous event sponsors


Christey West