As part of our activities to explore resilience among street-connected children exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, we have organised an art exhibition in Jinja, Uganda. 250 people attended and 30 children participated in the art exhibition by explaining the meaning of the words written in the pots they moulded, children also performed a rap song on resilience written by them to entertain the guests, thereafter, we introduced the Building with Bamboo project and the activities that children have been involved in to explore resilience such as music, sports, pottery, art and drama.
Art Exhibition Highlights
Each child wrote on the pots what they think can help them to build resilience or reflect on resilience, once the pots were moulded they designed them to look neat for the exhibition. Children mentioned that the words they have written on the pots have positively impacted their lives in the face of adversity. The items exhibited were drawings, pots, which were made of clay using a potter’s wheel, and a statue.
Most of the people who came to the exhibition were inspired by the work done by the children to explore resilience in their lives and they were also very interested in the great work that the Consortium for Street Chidren is doing through this project.
Below you can find some of the pots that were exhibited:
- Title: I have a dream pot
Author: Ibra, Age 15
Description: We all have dreams and we need to persist amidst our challenges and make sure that you focus on your dreams. Despite how difficult things might be, you should have ambition and not let it go.
- Title: Can pot
Author: Florence, Age 14
Description: This pot means that I can still become victorious no matter the situation I’m going through. Taking inspiration from role models in Uganda and around the world can also help you to succeed. I believe I can overcome any challenge.
- Title: Plant growing from rocks pot
Author: Walupasa, Age 14
Description: This pot shows us that we have challenges that can seem impossible to overcome, but we can learn from them and grow. Just like a tree which grows from a rocky place. It may look impossible for a tree to grow there and yet we have all seen a time where a tree seems to grow from the most difficult place.
- Title: Bounce back pot
Author: Sadat, Age 14
Description: This pot is trying to define resilience as the ability to bounce back. When we made the pot and it was clay it could bounce back. Now we have fired it, it is hard and can break. So we need to be like the clay not the pot and don’t let life harden us so we can break.
- Title: Fist
Author: Farouk, Age 12
Desciption: The fist shows our inner strength. We need to believe in ourselves that we can make it. You have to know that you are a winner. Raise up your hand and believe in yourself.
- Title: Control bad emotions pot
Author: Haruna, Age 14
Description: We need to control our bad emotions because the consequences of our bad emotions may be dangerous. You could hurt a friend when fighting for example, so you need to have self-control.
- Title: Feelings are temporal pot
Author: Moses, Age 22
Description: Today you may not be ok, but tomorrow you will be fine. So don’t lean so much on negative feelings. No condition is permanent. All your feelings both good and bad are temporary.
- Title: Be optimistic mug
Author: Richard, Age 13
Description: Bringing out a message that good things will happen, you need to be optimistic. It is in the shape of a mug because you can feel more hopeful if you drink a warm drink. Try having a cup of tea or coffee and see if you agree.
- Title: Have hope pot
Author: John Lee, Age 18
Description: This pot means that there is no permanent condition. We need to have hope at all times no matter how dark the world seems. We can still make it. Keep up your spirits friends.
- Title: Family support pot:
Author: Mark, Age 17
Description: Parents play a big role in helping children to be resilient. So parents should always be there for their children and listen to them and support them. Then the child will be able to overcome any hard time.