Looking into how simple art can make such an amazing impact, the Zaa’tari Project was one of the many stories that brought to light the immense power of art to strengthen the human spirit. The Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan is the second largest Syrian refugee camp in the world and inside life is on hold for more than 100,000 refugees. Artist Joel Artista partnered with various humanitarian groups and welfare organization organizations to bring art and community workshops to the Za’atari camp. Children participating in the program contributed to murals and race brightly painted wheelbarrows around the camp—bringing color and a brief distraction from the bleak circumstances. In addition to creative work they also discuss water sanitation, hygiene, conflict resolution and other issues critical to life in a refugee camp.
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