Young Artists For Syria (YAFS) is a community project by MY Voice Canada. Youth in the GTA who have a passion for art and charity have come together to paint the impacts conflicts have had and continue to have on Syria and its people. Although we try to show honest reflections of the destruction in Syria that war has caused, the paintings also contain solutions. The paintings share a message of awareness while also sharing a message of hope and the possibility of better things to come. Despite the devastation of historical Syrian landmarks, YAFS believes that their beauty still lives on, even if, for the time being, it is simply in the canvases on which we paint. Our paint brushes cover our canvases with bereavement, longing, prospect and faith, as we try to capture the journey of a Syrian refugee. Some of us depict this journey explicitly while others opt for metaphorical illustrations. YAFS hopes to create artworks that are therapeutic for both the artist and the viewer. It has been an honour having a government-sponsored Syrian refugee on our team of artists. Seeing her paint her story has been a privilege, but one that comes with a heavy cost. We are hoping her experience in YAFS is one of solace and healing. We welcome you with open arms and tender hearts to your home away from home.
Young Artist for Syria’s (YAFS) first project began by creating paintings to place in a silent auction to raise funds for Syrians in need in our community. YAFS found the Mental Wellness First Aid Kit; a project that helps deliver psychological aid to Syrian newcomers and was created in collaboration with the Syrian Canadian Foundation and the Al-Qazzaz Foundation. Our paintings were exhibited at MuslimFest and the Muslim Awards of Excellence (MAX) Gala in 2017, and were all auctioned off to raise a total of over 2000 dollars for the project. During our process, our team was covered by CBC News and CP24, to discuss our work.
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On February 16, 2018, Young Artists for Syria (YAFS) held their Young Artists for Burma launch at The Atrium in Toronto. YAFS decided to raise funds for Burma Task Force and raise awareness for the Rohingya genocide because it is a crisis in dire need of help. Our program consisted of speakers and spoken word artist, Javeria Ghori, refreshments and a large display of paintings up for our silent auction. Guest speakers such as Solaman Aryobi; the Outreach Coordinator for Burma Task Force and Dharshini Krishnamurthi; the Advocacy Director for STAND Canada came to speak more about their knowledge on the genocide and what we can do to help. Another speaker was Mohammed Saifullah; a Rohingya youth, who came to speak about his personal experiences as a Rohingya and of how we can help make a difference.
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