Lebanon arts camp for refugee children

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
On July 7, I’ll be traveling to Beirut, Lebanon with a team of artists to create an arts camp for Syrian refugee children, ages 7-13. We will be working with Syrian and Palestinian refugees affected by the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Israel, as well as local Lebanese children. I will be leading a photography track as a part of the camp.
The theme for the camp is “Hero Society”. Our goal is to unearth the power and potential inside of these children through creative expression, to transform their reality and create a better future for themselves. We also want to teach the kids, who are coming together from 3 different countries and cultures (Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine), to learn to work together and respect each other’s differences.  The camp will include tracks in dance, film, acting, visual arts, writing, and photography.
We are all aware of the atrocities occurring as a result of the Syrian conflict. So many of our hearts are breaking over this and many of us want to help but don’t know how we can be effective. This is an opportunity for you to contribute in a very tangible and direct way.
Many of you supported my 2015 trip to Bangladesh to work with Speak Up For The Poor’s Girls’ Education program, during which I co-led workshops on creativity and leadership for teenage girls at risk of child marriage and human trafficking.
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Girls working on vision boards in Bangladesh

The most important insight I gained from my work in Bangladesh was how the act of creative expression provided these girls confidence to create a new reality for themselves and for their country’s future – transforming a culture of oppression and sexism. While relief aid is important, providing underserved communities – particularly youth – with the tools and skill sets to transform their future has effects that are truly lasting.
Friends, I invite you to join me in prayer and financial support to make this project possible.  Our team is working towards a group goal of $30,000 to fund camp expenses for 100 children. Additionally, we need to cover travel expenses and supplies. As an expression of gratitude for your support, donors will receive a signed, limited edition photo print of my work.
I would like to ask you to consider committing to the following:
  • Prayer for our team and the camp (Dates of travel: July 7-19)
  • Financial support for our team


Here’s how to give:

PayPal (Geneva.cegelis@gmail.com)
VenMo (@Geneva-cegelis)
Cash or check (email me above for more info on how to donate this way)
I am also looking for donations of point and shoot cameras, iPhones, and iPads. My photography students need digital cameras to take photos, and iPhones/iPads to edit their work. Please email me if you have an old device lying around somewhere that can be put to good use!
If you’re local to LA, we invite you to join our team at 2 events:
  • Day of Refuge event at Mosaic – Sunday, July 2. This is an all-day event that will include installations, exhibits, and other activities to celebrate and recognize refugees. It will also act as a fundraiser for the camp expenses. Address is 7107 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • Hero Society Kids for Kids Fundraiser – Saturday, July 1 (flyer below). This is a separate fundraiser event that is more geared towards kids and families!
This project simply will not be possible without the generosity of many individuals uniting under one purpose. I express my gratitude to you in advance for supporting my work in Lebanon and for being a source of love and hope across the world.

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