Manvel High School Art Students See Reactions of Rohingya Children
This year, the Manvel High School National Art Honor Society was invited to participate in the Memory project.
The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Our participants create these portraits to help children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to provide a special childhood memory in the future. Since 2004, the Memory Project has created more than 130,000 portraits for children in 47 countries.
Manvel High School students created 8 portraits for Rohingya children who are living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. The Rohingya ethnic minority has been called the ‘most unwanted’ group of people on Earth.
The Memory Project recently sent Manvel High School video footage of the Rohingya children receiving their portraits.
"I feel overwhelmed with emotion. I feel such sadness for the situation these sweet children are in, but I was also filled with joy at seeing how much these portraits filled them with joy. I am so proud of my students and what they have done for the Rohingyan refugees!" shared Vicky Satterwhite, Manvel High School Art teacher.
“Seeing the children receive their portraits made me feel so happy. The bright smiles on their faces made me feel inspired. Their ability to find joy in something that seems to us like a small thing made me realize how much we take for granted. The video connected me to them and it made me want to do more. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to create something to support them. Their strength inspires me to continue showing my kindness and support others in need, "said student Alexis Cross.
The Manvel High School students that participated in the project are Raingsey Kheang, Kenneth Duplechin, Brionna Boyd, Rose Read, Tessa Stillwell, Victoria Vu, Alexis Cross, and Chamille Diaz.