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"Memory Project" Paintings Depict Children in Cameroon

"The Memory Project" is a nonprofit that invites students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents and/or extreme poverty. Over the past years, EHS students have created more than 250 portraits for children in Syria, Puerto Rico, India, Nigeria, Philippines, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, New York City, Russia, Pakistan, and the Rohingya in Rakhine.

This year, 10 National Art Honor Society students created portraits for refugee children in Cameroon, known "Africa in miniature." The Republic of Cameroon in Central Africa is home to more than 24 million people. The official languages of Cameroon are English and French due to the colonization of Cameroon after World War I, although its people speak more than 200 different languages and make up more than 200 ethnic groups. Life in Cameroon has been stifled by corruption, authoritarian rule, a violent conflict between the population, government, and an insurgency group lead by jihadist terrorists who have displaced over a million men, women, and children.

The ultimate goal of creating these portraits is to practice kindness while helping a child feel valued and important. EHS artists hope these portraits will remind refugees of their own strength and beauty and will reveal to them that there is another student, on the other side of the world, thinking of them and the challenges they face.

EHS National Art Honor Society student-artists include:

Chandler Black '22
Kathryn Bragg '22
Jackie Canfield '21
Nicole Citardi '22
Lola Herndon '21
Ryleigh Henry '22
Margrethe Jensen '22
Nora Lawless '21
Elizabeth Minton '22
Miller Zaleski '22