Welcome to Charity!

Since 2003, programmes funded by The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) have helped thousands of disadvantaged children using expressive arts as a means of education, communication and engagement. Expressive arts allow children to express themselves in their own way, at their own pace and under their own control. Personal fulfilment arising from creative aspects of art can support development of a child’s self-esteem, helping them to feel valued and gain a sense of direction in life.

SAF currently runs and supports arts programmes for vulnerable children in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Nepal, Mongolia and Vietnam.

About Expressive Arts

The creative process of art-making can help improve mental, emotional and physical well-being. The process involved in artistic expression is effective in managing feelings and behaviors, and can also help to reduce stress, improve self-esteem and awareness. Engaging in expressive arts can help people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, as well as people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

Those experiencing expressive arts are removed from the constraints of the cerebral, verbal and judgmental, instead taking comfort and understanding from the here-and-now realm of imagination and intuition. For many children, our workshops are the largest scale experiential art spaces they will have ever encountered. Through shared activities, children feel empowered, able and ready to grow into happy and centered young adults.

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The Make It Better Programme

In 2013, SAF launched the Make It Better Project (MIB), an initiative designed for children from low-income families and those with special educational needs.

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International Programmes

SAF’s portfolio of international social responsibility projects includes art empowerment programs geared towards Vietnam’s most vulnerable children, a music and arts programme for orphaned or abandoned children in Mongolia’s capital, creative arts healing projects for victims of human trafficking in Cambodia and a youth-lead pilot project in rural Nepal designed to raise awareness of children’s rights.

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