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    Arts Education International is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization committed to providing sustainable, community-based arts programs for orphaned, abandoned and traumatized children all over the world.

    We currently serve over 700 children in Ghana and Sierra Leone, and will soon be expanding domestically. We hire indigenous artists, musicians, dancers and dramatists to teach workshops for the kids. The children we serve have grown up under the most harrowing of circumstances. Some were orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic, while others were forced into combat as child soldiers in a brutal, 11-year civil war.

    As the Executive Director of AEI, I have seen firsthand the power of the expressive arts in helping children to confront trauma on their own terms. Furthermore, our programs provide vocational training and career opportunities for children who would otherwise have few, if any, options. Please explore the site to learn more about our programs, our artists and the communities we serve. I look forward to your support.

    Sincerely,

    Sarah Lappas
    Executive Director