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Solidarity Art Project to Help Education in Angola

Portuguese artists transform suitcases into pieces of art, the proceeds of which will be used to renovate an Angolan school

June 01st, 2016
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The Piaget Association for Development in Portugal (APDES) has decided to challenge several Portuguese urban artists to engage in an action of solidarity: to transform ordinary suitcases into pieces of art. Six of these suitcases are now available for auction, and the collected funds will be put towards the renovation of a school in Luanda.

The Angolan school that will benefit from this initiative is Escola da Palankinha, a school in a town near Luanda. This will be the second phase of the school’s renovation, which will include the construction of a playground and toilet facilities; but the ultimate goal is much bigger: to implement a new pedagogical model and, if possible, to replicate it in other parts of the country. For such grand ambitions, the APDES' project is being supported by Portuguese artists who have taken a special interest in the project, particularly as APDES is a non-governmental organization.

The suitcases were supplied by Samsonite, and then it was up to street artists like Andy Calabozo, Chei Krew, Costah, Frederico Draw, GonçaloMar, and Laro Lagosta to make the objects shine. They used this medium to express an interpretation on the theme of travelling. Six of these suitcases are now up for auction in the digital platform “eSolidar”, and will be available until Tuesday, May 31. Three of the bags are large-sized, 88cm in length, with a starting price of €100. The other three are medium-sized, 55cm high, with a starting price of €50. For those unable to take part in the auction, the Portuguese Piaget Association for Development also hosts an online page, where donations can be made.

In a recent interview, Nicole Ferreira, who is in charge of this APDES' project, stated that in Portugal is not easy to raise funds for social initiatives. This is due both to its rarity and also because of the overall socioeconomic situation in Portugal. She also mentioned that, although it is a difficult job, it is a project she believes in. According to Ferreira, the educational situation is one of the most pressing issues in Angola, and it is important to try to improve it, especially through civic actions such as this one. The ultimate goal is not only to teach children how to write and read, but also how to grow up to become more active citizens.

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Beatriz Nunes, CD News Team