“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
PAY IT FORWARD
What does kindness cost? Not much really. With a little time, love and effort, you can
make a difference in someone’s life.
At Canvass we believe in the joy of spreading love and laughter. That’s why we work with
children’s homes, hospitals, and charity organizations in Singapore. But the goodwill
doesn’t just stop at home. From time to time, we even organise overseas trips and re-
treats contributing back to the community through art and yoga. Here are some of our
stories and the smiles we made possible. And we invite you to make a difference to-
gether with us!
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)
I See The World In My Hands, is a humanitarian project that is supported by the Canvass
team and the members with like-minded volunteers who wish to help support the needy.
During one of our holiday camps, we decide to rope in our Canvass students to share
how art has no boundaries and can be enjoyed by one and all. Visiting the blind gave
the children and Canvass, an eye-opener to learn what the blind feels.
What started from painting the canvas, visualizing what’s nice for the blind, became a
fascinating textile work for the blind to feel.
The blind paint with their eyes closed, trusting their instincts, and seeing the world in
the hands. Perhaps this is what makes a good artist sometimes!
Nepal: Divyenetra Community School Project
Dharamsala: Tibetan Children Village Project
From March 2017 and currently, Jolie and group of volunteers led a teacher’s training and children’s programme for pre-school, elementary and middle school with movement work and creative art exercises. These are children who are poor and cannot afford school fees, and they need a sponsor to help them with their childcare, expenses and education.
Every teacher and child showed us great knowledge in their cultural studies and determination to study well and become a doctor, teacher or someone who may contribute back to others. Their vision and motto to live by is “Others Before Self”. There are about 1400 children living together and studying in this campus. Each child is self sustained and pack their own bags, beds. And they take turns to do chores like cooking, recycling and gardening.
We brought them paints and food. And also raised funds for their creative writing, childcare needs and mattresses. We taught them how to use art to relate with others better, and movement work to engage mindfully and to relieve pain. As they are shy, we encouraged partner work.
What they returned back in exchange – are lessons of their tibetan culture and friendships that last for a life-time.
Funds are generously donated by the clients, friends and students who have came together to raise funds.
Through this experience and similar art projects, Canvass aims to contribute to the
world, and to inspire and enrich lives through creative methods. We hope to influence
innovative minds of children, equipping them with honesty, entrepreneurial skills and
confidence that may reach out to others throughout their lives!
We want to thank all of you, the parents, the children and friends of Canvass, who have
kindly lent us your generous support, either in time, effort or welcomed donations.
We’re proud to bring the Canvass spirit of love to the less privileged or fortunate and
will continue to do so, always.