Children express, how they wish their environment/city to look like
My Worlds is project series wich startet 2012 in Sri Lanka as “My World”. In cooperation with the Swiss Development Cooperation SDC and the Media Resources Training Center MRTC from Jaffna, we uses different art forms, to empower kids from a resettlement village in Northern Sri Lanka. The idea was to ask children, how they would like their newly build village to look like and let them have a strong visual presence in the village.
In Switzerland i cooperated with Freiplatzaktion Basel, who are in support of Tamil refugees since the beginning of the crisis in 1983. This led to the annual project “My Worlds”. Again we asked the children, how they would like their city (Basel) to look like. The Tamil children could connect with children from Sri Lanka, taking a creative journey to their cultural roots. Meanwhile the project is open to children from every cultural background.
“My World” allows us to look at the world through the eyes of a child.
It offers children the possibility to express, how they want their environment to look like. This gives an insight in the needs and wishes of children living in resettlement housing schemes in northern Sri Lanka.
The project strives to encourage the children’s creativity and ability to “draw” an image of their future and it works as an evaluation tool, to let us understand what is missing between the bricks and concrete of their new homes.
“My World” is implemented in cooperation with local educational institutions, giving students the opportunity to try out and prove their skills. Seeking to empower and give incentives to the local community to make a “change”.
Since 2014 Wy Worlds is open to children from every cultural background.
Meanwhile the lead for the project was handed over to Freiplatzaktion Basel and the association Imagine.