The mission of Hope Meets Art, founded in 2011, was to raise funds to support a Marist project in Dakar.This project invests in social and family reintegration for street children and also enables girls to receive an education.
This hope was born out of a mixture of colourful African fabrics, dyed by young girls from the Marist centre in Dakar. Their creativity and the brilliance of African colours brought to fruition two fashion collections for children.
Hope Meets Art will implement art workshops given by professional and passionate volunteers; these will be held throughout the year. While discovering their own talents, the children will help to provide an education for those who are in need of a future.
Centre for Street Boys
The Centre of Nazareth was opened by Marist Fathers, Marist Sisters and Missionary Sisters of the Society of Marie in 2005.
The main Centre aim is to provide the opportunity for street children to be reunited with their families.
Regular street actions and Wednesday-Nazareth offer them appropriate food, health care, clothing, access to bathing facilities and other manual and technical activities.
The Centre hosts between 30 to 80 boys aged 5 to 18 years and provides them with preventive awareness and advice. Special attention to each individual is needed to reunite them with their families.
A dedicated team of 9 people work to make this project possible.
Centre for the Promotion of Women
The Centre of Saint Joseph was opened by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Marie in 2006.
The Centre was created to help illiterate girls and those who failed school, along with single mothers.
This training enables them to find a job or start their own business, generating an income for themselves and their families. The Centre hosts about thirty girls aged 15 to 25 years. The training lasts three years and entitles them to a certificate.
Those with the required level are then encouraged to take an exam that will allow them to obtain a state-recognised diploma.