Art training

Hands of art, through art these children will become contributing members of the society, and, through art they will explore their own lives and just become better people for this.

The southern DR Congo city of Lubumbashi has been a magnet for all types of people, it’s mineral wealth has ensured a growing population of people from around the world, among those who come to seek out a better life are the children of the Congo’s strife and disturbances.

DR Congo’s number of street kids number in the hundreds of thousands, among these are a small few that are learning a new life and exploring through art their own existence so far.

Centre Kimbilio is a sanctuary under the wings of the Anglican Church of DR Congo and supported by the Congolese Children’s Trust in the UK. Centre Kimbilio is the home for nine street children, these boys attend school, building bonds play soccer and unlike many others are tutored in fine art under the mentorship of an up and coming Congolese artist.

Joel Kidindwe Is a graduate of the School of Fine Art of the University of Lubumbashi DR Congo, his belief that through art these children will become contributing members of the society, and, through art they will explore their own lives and just become better people for this.

Through these art sessions at the Centre Kimbilio which is housed in the local Anglican cathedral art is made and of these pieces which are often collaborations between the artist and his students members of the Congolese society beautify their own offices and homes.

The funds from these sales go back to the children and the perchance of more material needed to continue with this exercise. 18-24 MARCH 2010 LUBUMBASHI DRC CONGO PHOTO/JOHN ROBINSON