“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

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)

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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.

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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.

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What started from painting the canvas, visualizing what’s nice for the blind, became a
fascinating textile work for the blind to feel.

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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

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We also made a trip out to Nepal in March 2014. Founder and Teacher Jolie Michelle Ow represented Canvass to volunteer in a school for orphans and underprivileged chil-
dren.

Despite being from one of the poorest countries in the world, every Nepali child and
adult we encountered on our journey made us feel richer for the experience and the war,
hospitality and friendship they bestowed us.

We brought them paints and materials and taught them to express themselves freely
and artfully, and what they gave back in return – the smiles, the laughter and the love –
was more precious than gold.

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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.