The Make It Better (MIB) project is a Sovereign Art Foundation initiative that offers weekly workshops to the children of families affiliated with locally established organisations including the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO), The Hub Hong Kong, Chicken Soup Foundation, Sprouts Foundation and Hans Andersen Club. Locations covered by the workshops include Sham Shui Po, Tai Wai, Kowloon City, Tseung Kwan O, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong, Nga Tau Kok and Causeway Bay. In these areas, many residents experience severe poverty and live in cramped conditions such as caged homes, subdivided flats, rooftop homes and even public car parks. As a result, they are frequently isolated from wider society.
Make It Better workshops offer empowering learning activities reinforced by visual and expressive arts to teach children self-awareness and confidence, helping them to build respect for themselves and others, develop stronger focus, and engage with the wider community. Make It Better offers a 27-week programme divided into a system of modules. Each module identifies a relevant learning and realization experience and a corresponding artistic activity is designed to support that concept in a non-verbal, non-competitive and creative environment.
Make It Better embraces principles of expressive arts, incorporating them into programmes with an aim to utilising and fostering a child’s own creativity in order to help and heal, providing safe spaces where children from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds can feel free to express themselves and to develop socially and emotionally.
Make It Better works with students from Hong Kong University’s Master of Expressive Arts Therapy for guidance on the latest techniques and to produce research and data. MIB also works closely with its partner organisations in impoverished areas of the city to properly understand the specific needs of each community.
The programme is continuously growing and reaching more children in need, and now also works with children with special educational needs. The Sovereign Art Foundation has so far seen a tremendously positive impact from this programme and is committed to making it better for the children of Hong Kong.
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