Purpose of Memory Portraits
“The Memory Portrait Project is a unique initiative in which artists create portraits (drawings, paintings, graphic design, etc) for those living in challenging situations around the world. Because those who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, or orphaned usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with a special memory of their childhood and to help honor their heritage and identity.”
The concept of this project was based on The Memory Project
El-Shadai Foster Home offers shelter, compassion, counseling, and support to approximately 35 children, ages 2 years to 19 years living in Uganda. The children come from different tribal and geographical backgrounds, but all share a similar history of poverty, neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Despite the horrific past many have endured, they now face a promising future.
Founder Sherry Berger spent time with the children of El Shadai during her volunteer work in Jinja, Uganda, 2007.
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I am so glad to be involved in this project! They are ALL beautiful children. Thank you Sherry, Stephen, and those who work alongside you, for making an extraordinary difference in this world! ~ Amy L., Artist