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Date: June 08, 2004

UVic sends art materials to children of Kabul

Children\'s artA sample of children's art from Kabul. The UVic faculty of education and the Langford fire department are joining forces to bring a little colour into the lives of Kabuli children.

“The Troubadour Foundation provided money to buy art supplies, the Times Colonist donated paper, and the Langford fire department said they would take our 75 packages of colour markers and pencils, paper and erasers to Kabul with them when they go there to deliver fire fighting equipment this summer,” says Tim Hopper, the UVic education professor who came up with the idea.

The art supplies are UVic’s way of saying thank you to Kabuli children who sent artwork that was displayed at the “Learning and the World We Want” conference, held at UVic in November 2003. The artwork is currently on display at schools throughout the Greater Victoria area.

“All of us who had the honour to view the art were intrigued, moved and inspired by the pieces themselves and the stories they told,” says Hopper.

The faculty is considering sending a second shipment of supplies that will also include a special catalogue of all the art displayed at the conference.

“Our hope is that seeing art created by the children of Victoria, Iraq and Afghanistan will serve as an inspiration to the children of Kabul.”

The Langford fire department’s trip is being sponsored in part by the Canadian military, which is transporting its material and providing accommodation for its members at Camp Julian in Kabul. For more information visit http://www.educ.uvic.ca/site/lawwwart/lawwwart.htm.

Media contacts:
Dr. Tim Hopper (Education) at (250) 721-8385 or thopper@uvic.ca
Chief Bob Beckett (Langford Fire Department) at (250) 478-9555 or firechief@district.langford.bc.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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