Art and abolition exists to restore justice to young girls in Kenya who have survived sexual violence as a result of poverty. We do this through art therapy, education, and economic empowerment.
After a girl is recruited, we spend the first six months focusing on making sure her living situation at home is safe. During this time she is provided with safe housing through Art and Abolition and offered healing opportunities through trauma therapy sessions and art therapy. Over time most girls are reconciled with their families, and once their homes are safe enough for them to live in, they return home. The rest of our girls are fostered by Brittanie, the founder of Art and Abolition, who cares for them full time and lovingly calls them her "daughters". Once the child is in a place where she is prepared to be integrated into normal society we enroll her in school.
Art and Abolition covers 100% of the education costs for each of our girls through our child sponsorship program. The costs include school fees, transportation to and from school, lunch and a hot snack during the school day, tutoring, uniform and school supplies.
Our art therapy program consists of arts workshops throughout the year and three art therapy camps per year. Leading teaching artists facilitate the arts workshops on art forms ranging from dance to painting and much more. Each workshop is concluded with a community meal, which serves as a safe space where our children can share freely with one another and build community and sisterhood.
Our art therapy camps focus on Creative Arts Therapy and are lead by registered Creative Arts Therapists from the USA in collaboration with our local Kenyan art teachers. The art training is not just art for art’s sake, but using the healing modalities of art to bring the girls into deeper levels of freedom.
Art and Abolition's women's empowerment program is funded by a Brooklyn-based ethical fashion line called Plume Collection, run by designer Kate Collins. It provides holistic living trainings, employment opportunities, and a safe place for the single mothers of our young sexual violence survivors to share about their process and journey to drug and alcohol addiction recovery within a community setting. .