The Memory Project portraits that the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students created earlier this fall were successfully delivered to the children and teens in Nigeria! This year, students at OHHS created 45 portraits for Nigerian Children.
Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion. Still, Nigerian children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits the students made for the school children in Nigeria will remind each child of their own strength and beauty; it will show them that someone living far away is paying attention to the challenges that they face.
The people at The Memory Project wanted us to know that the children were so excited to receive the portraits and absolutely loved them! They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much the students care about their well-being and their future. The following video of the delivery begins with an introduction to our Drawing and Printmaking students and their work and then shows the children receiving their portraits together at all the different locations that were involved.