Granette, aka Henny, (Annette Dunphy) and her grandchildren are combining forces to support the work of Many Hands International in rural Timor-Leste. Like most Australian children, the Dunphys enjoy learning and developing in many after-school activities. But children who live in rural areas in Timor-Leste don't have such opportunities. School is on for half a day, and the rest of the time children play outside or look after younger brothers and sisters.
Many Hands International addresses that need by offering creative arts programs for young people in Lospalos town and villages across the Lautem district. Coming to Many Hands programs is very enjoyable and beneficial for childrens' development: they increase their creativity, gain new skills, find ways to express themselves, learn about their identity and culture, and experience collaborating with others. Some of the older children also learn skills for their future careers and have opportunities to exhibit and sell their artworks in MHI's gallery.
We're aiming to raise $6000 to cover the costs of staff salaries and materials for a year. This will enable hundreds of children from the town and isolated villages to learn and develop by attending arts programs. We welcome donations of any amount. Every little bit helps!