Children, Art and Ecuadorian Cloudforest
In many cities and regions of the southern hemisphere child labor is still a widespread phenomenon. This also goes for Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Cultural offers that facilitate an age-appropriate development of street children, however, are scarce. The non-governmental and not-for-profit organization bambúProjekt e.V. intents through artistic workshops to develop a space in which the street children can express their creativity and further their development. The organization was founded in 2007 and is sustained by seven volunteers in Germany and another four in Ecuador.
The workshops of bambúProjekt take place in a finca in the Ecuadorian cloud forests. The flora and fauna of these forests have increasingly come to suffer under illegal deforestation and the construction of oil pipelines, due to which bambúProjekt often incorporates environmental themes into its work with the children. By organizing larger-scale exhibitions the organization wishes to call public attention to the often precarious situation of the street children.