There are children who are in difficult circumstances for various reasons. Some have lost their homes due to disasters, some have been forced to flee their homes due to conflicts and war and are living in refugee camps, and some are unable to receive adequate education due to poverty and domestic issues.
The production of a charity goods featuring these children's drawings began with the hope of conveying their existence, thoughts, dreams, and messages to people around the world. This year is the 17th year of the charity calendar production. The proceeds will be utilized to benefit the communities where the children who make a drawings live through the international NGO, Peace Winds. *excluding necessary expenses for activities. We continue the activities for the world where children around the world can smile with peace of mind.
The International Art Festival for the Children living on the Street "Street Children's Art Festival" was established during the 2005 world exposition, "EXPO 2005 AICHI, JAPAN," as an art festival dedicated to children forced to live on the streets. Until 2020, with the cooperation of local NGOs and supporters, we have been supporting street children around the world. Children's drawings have been received from all over the world.
We has continued as "The International Art Festival for the Children living on the Street - Street Children's Art Festival -" until 2020, however the name was changed to "The International Art Festival for the Children around the World -World Children's Art Festival -" in order to make it our art festival in which more children can participate in. This name reflects our wish to "feel the individual thoughts of children who faced various situations and difficulties through their drawings".
Where we support
In 2022, children's drawings were collected from the following 13 countries and regions through the international NGO, Peace Winds. Proceeds from the charity calendars will be utilized to benefit the communities of the children who sent their drawings. *excluding necessary expenses for the activities.
Policy and Activity
1. Charity Calendar Project
The World Children's Art Festival committee will produce a charity calendar for the year 2024.
2. Exhibitions & Events
We are currently planning to hold exhibitions of children's drawings at Earth Day Tokyo 2024 and Global Festa 2023 in Tokyo, as well as at the festival of Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan.
3. Management of original drawings
The original drawings of children that have been collected so far will be managed in Tohoku Fukushi University, Miyagi, Japan. Those drawings are stored in the research room of prof. Namatame at Tohoku Fukushi University, and will be borrowed on request. As for drawings were collected after 2021, originals are collected by Peace Winds staff in each country as needed, and those delivered to headquarter are sequentially send to Tohoku Fukushi University for management.
"The International Art Festival for the Children around the World - World Children's Art Festival -" is a voluntary organization run by volunteers without paid staff. It consists of about 10 volunteers, mainly university students, but also office workers, housewives, faculty members, high school students, and others.
Due to the impact of pandemic by Covid-19 in 2020, we have decided to be suspended our activities. However, we have restarted our activities from 2021 and officially renamed "The International Art Festival for the Children around the World - World Children's Art Festival -". The structure of the organization committee is as follows;
- Volunteers of Tohoku Fukushi University, exhibitions, events, producing charity goods and advocacy .etc
- International NGO, Peace Winds, collecting drawings and coordinating with the local community