The street is not the place for living and children should be with family- with this hopeful statement charitable art exhibition ended up on Saturday. Long way to go, keep dreaming- with this motto Street Children LEEDO and Gallery KARIKOR organized this art exhibition titled as Art For Dream from 19th to 21st September 2019 at British Council, Fuller Road. The exhibition was held over three consecutive days from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm and opened for all.
On 31August a day-long art camp was held at Peace Home, Washpur, Keraniganj where less fortunate street-connected children participated. Renowned artist and right activist ShahanaMojumder was the mentor of the camp. Those paintings were exhibited in this art exhibition. Besides, ShahanaMojumder also donated her artworks for the noble cause as the event was purely charitable purpose so raised funds had been donated to LEEDO for the development of street-connected children’s life and lifestyle. The inaugural ceremony of this event was held on 19th September, Thursday at Peace Home, Washpur, Keraniganj where a delegation team of British MPs leaded by Anne Main, MP honorable president of Conservative Friends of Bangladesh (CFOB), honorable deputy chairperson of Conservative Party, UK and vice president of CFOB Mr. Paul Stuart Scully. Other members of the delegation were Mr. Mahfuz Ahmed chairman of CFOB, Mr. Abdus Hamid deputy chairman of CFOB and others. Besides, Mike Sheriff chairman of Friends of Street Children Bangladesh and Mr. ZinnatulKarim managing director of Gallery KARIKOR were present there. They participated in the wall painting led by Artist and Right Activist ShahanaMojumder. They painted the wall of peace home and enjoyed cultural performances presented by children like dance, karate, drama and they have played a small friendly cricket match after gifting the kids some cricket kits from England Cricket Board.
On the closing day, an artist talk had been held at the library premises of British Council where artist & mentor ShahanaMojumder, child artist JesminAkter and ForhadHossain, executive director of LEEDO were present. They talked about the event, future plan, and child protection. It’s mention-able that LEEDO finished their tour to the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC)-2019 held in the UK and the children of LEEDO (4 Girls & 4 Boys) played Semi-Final at Home of Cricket, Lords Ground as the proud representative of Bangladesh. Currently, LEEDO is taking care of more than 300 children through various activities like home, shelter schools and sponsorship, etc.
This type of creative event helps the traumatized children to get rid of trauma and it works like mental therapy for refreshing their mind as stated ForhadHossain, Executive Director of LEEDO. This kind of initiative will help to find out latent talent from them and it will help them to be extrovert that is very essential for leadership stated Artist & Right Activist ShahanaMojumder. In this event cultural minded and charity lovers, people will join for the cause of the British Bangladeshi Community, Corporate and Government Officials. To appreciate this initiative British Council, The Pages, Spice FM 96.4, Halda Valley, The Daily Samakal, Bangla Tribune, and VAST have come forward to support.
This event was dedicated to FaridBabu (11) a child, who participated in the art camp held on 31st August 2019 but he left us forever on 15th September 2019 after suffering from thalassemia and epilepsy disease.