This week, Chets and Sona started the Maisha ni Matamu Art Fund which will allow the children to practice art every month.
Art has been shown to instill foundation skills for reasoning, making decisions, thinking creatively, solving problems and visualizing. Art can also help children increase their attention spans, and levels of commitment and tolerance.
Most of the children don't have the opportunity to do any art at their schools.
Former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno said, "Young people who are involved in making something beautiful today are less likely to turn to acts of violence and destruction tomorrow."
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? ~Pablo Picasso
For young people at risk of delinquency, school failure, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and other problems, involvement in the arts can improve academic performance, reduce school truancy, provide positive outlets and build new skills that give them a chance at a better life.
As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. ~John Lubbock
Art programs targeted toward very young children help prevent negative choices later on.
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.