We’ve worked with local arts organisations in Africa, South America and the Middle East to challenge stigma, create sustainable incomes and provide an outlet for expression for marginalised groups. Here are just a few of those partners:

SWOPA

Sirigu Women’s Organisation for Pottery and Art (SWOPA) trains women in traditional arts including wall and canvas painting, pottery-making, basket-weaving and batik. Selling these distinctive handicrafts to tourists in Sirigu, Ghana, offers the women a consistent income stream, which enables them to provide for their families.

Since 2016, we’ve supported SWOPA to deliver training to its members, so they can produce diverse crafts that are ready for the local and international market. We’ve trained SWOPA staff to accurately monitor staff and profits. We’ve also worked with SWOPA to raise its profile by producing catalogues and marketing materials and selling work at regional fairs.

With over 20 years’ experience in training and promoting traditional crafts, SWOPA will be able to provide the creative space for those suffering with poor mental health to express themselves in a way that is embedded in local culture and tradition, and that will raise awareness amongst members of the local community. 

Tigoung Nonma

Founded in 1995, Tigoung Nonma is a co-operative comprising disabled artisans who use handicrafts to transform lives.  Tigoung Nonma brings together over 50 artisans, and offers training, facilities and support to enable them to make a fair living. Working across carpentry, leatherwork, pottery and dress-making, members of Tigoung Nonma receive 80% of the profits of their work. For years, our volunteers worked in collaboration with Tigoung Nonma to bring their work to a wider audience and create a more sustainable business model that will ensure an income for those artisans in the future.

YONECO

Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) is one of the most well-known organisations working for young people in Malawi. They use theatre, sports and radio as a vehicle for opening conversation about sensitive subjects such as sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse. Together, in 2017 we were able to reach hundreds of young people and connect them with the support that they needed to enable them to continue with their education.