What is Art and Abolition?
Brittanie is the founder and director of a movement called Art and Abolition. Brittanie and her team are giving their hearts, means, talents and their lives to see the number of children in East Africa trapped in lives of sexual slavery- whose bodies are sold for everyday necessities go down to zero in our generation. The goal is to liberate survivors of sexual slavery, see them healed and restored, and change mentalities in their communities concerning sexual abuse while equipping caregivers with tools for financial stability. We do this by implementing programs in the capital cities where the surrounding villages have high levels of child exploitation, rescuing children from those villages, and then leading them through our freedom process.
Our Freedom Process
1) Rescue- We temporarily take the children out of their current environment and into a safe environment conducive for healing.
2) Healing and Rehabilitation- We put the children through our art therapy camp which is a two-week sleep away camp held in the capital cities.
3) Education and empowerment- We sponsor the children for education through grade 12. Throughout their education journey we continue to conduct self-empowerment workshops where they learn tools for powerful living and hold weekly individual counseling sessions for them.
Art and Abolition Arts Camp (Nairobi, Kenya)
Brittanie and her team are very excited to be launching the Art and Abolition Camp in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2014! The camp is a two-week arts and empowerment sleep-away camp for children ages 11-15 who live in the surrounding slums and villages of Naiobi and on the coast of Kenya whose bodies are being sold by loved ones for every day necessities. It has two components: art and empowerment.
The arts, the first component of the camp, are a powerful weapon to combat child prostitution and sex slavery. The arts are a great tool to bring healing to survivors. At the camp the campers will receive top-notch training in drama, music, dance and visual arts from local Kenyan artists and professional artists from all over the world. In addition to their training they will also have daily rehearsals for a performance at the culmination of their camp experience where each child will be featured and celebrated for their talent and hard work, not for the amount of money their small bodies can bring home.
The second component is empowerment, where the children receive therapy for the wounds caused by their experiences. They will also participate in daily self-empowerment workshops where their true identities are restored. The empowerment component will provide tools for powerful living including tutoring as the children will transition into a full-time specialized school program following their camp experience. The campers will be taught how to make wise decisions concerning their bodies and their lives.
In addition to these two components of the camp, the campers will also benefit from a loving and nurturing atmosphere provided by the camp staff in addition to a safe place to sleep every night- for maybe the first time in some of their their lives. The campers will receive three nutritious meals per day and fun extra-curricular activities such as swimming and attending dance performances and musicals. While the children are enjoying the camp, local counselors and social workers who specialize in these kinds of cases will also be planted in their villages to empower their caregivers and teach them tools for powerful living in hopes that the campers will return to safer, self-sustained, rape-free homes.
Art and Abolition Supportive Community
The Art and Abolition movement is made possible by individuals, churches, groups, and organizations from different cultural, spiritual and ethnic backgrounds coming together to support Brittanie in her work. You can join the movement by visiting the Art and Abolition website.