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Healing in Oyam: A Collaboration
Eight dynamic artists seek to embark on the first ever collaboration of its kind. Traveling to the Oyam District of Uganda, these artists enter with a cosmic mission to decolonize the structure of collaboration. Rather than create documentary projects about the people of Oyam as subjects, these artists will collaborate with members of Global Health Network, Uganda organization. The members below and those in Oyam will share their creative powers and manifest a healing space where art and Spirit is the source of understanding how to rebuild our world.
In 2014, Anaka traveled from Los Angeles to the Oyam District, Uganda with a group of students from the University of California to volunteer with Global Health Network, Uganda. This program helps the healing process of this area by creating networks for the women in the villages to build up their community with health and social resources. Now, Anaka will bring a team of artists from South Africa and the United states who are all creators of different kinds to learn and share knowledge of healing through creating art and spending time with the Earth. We plan to do this project this upcoming May in order to take advantage of the current situations of the world forcing humans on a global level to elevate in consciousness.
Where is Oyam?
The Oyam District has gone through unimaginable amounts of violence in its recent history. Joseph Kony & his Lord's Resistance Army pillaged the villages of this northern region a little over a decade ago. Since then the communities have been healing literally from the ground up in order to better the health and livelihoods of the people.
Both South Africa and the United States have heavy histories of genocide, yet the healing is not put in priority within its structures. It is important for the worlds of the team to collide with the realm of Oyam in order to increase conversation about violence and how we heal from it as a community through connection with Earth and learning new perspectives.
The project focuses on how we can increase healing from genocide through creating within the forces of intuition that come from the universe. Art is the source of channeling peace within communities that are growing from a history of violence. Ancestrally, the South African and American members of the team have traumatic violence in their DNA. As a result, we beam through this life as warriors of light in order to heal our own personal traumas as well as the violence of our ancestors through channeling artistically. The creators in Oyam are healing from a very recent genocide a little over ten years ago at the hands of Joseph Kony & this Lord’s Resistance Army. Having to build literally from the ground up, the community of Oyam is a place of rapid healing. Bringing the two groups together will create a never before seen collaboration of art with the purpose of creating to change the frequency of the world.
We plan to arrive in the Oyam District and first volunteer with Global Health Network, Uganda. The organization run by Ugandan Dr. Bob Marley Achura has four program areas: maternal & child health, livelihood & income generation, sanitation & hygiene and school health. Here is an excerpt from Evan Pye, a student from USC who led Anaka’s group in 2014 and who is now working there full time:
“For these programs, we train community health workers, organize community groups to meet on a weekly basis to save money or learn about health, distribute drugs and immunizations, teach groups about family planning and sexual health, train school health leaders, form school health clubs, and make home visits to check hygiene conditions. You can check out our updated website (http://www.ghnu.org/) for more info on all these activities. And, the women we worked with [in 2014] are still using the sewing machines [we donated]. In fact, we've restarted the tailoring project and we sold $1500 worth of bags and T-shirts to two USC student groups last month.”
Within the first week of volunteering, we will meet with the artists in Oyam who would like to work with us. We will brainstorm the many ways we can create together, through dance, singing, filmmaking and photography and more. First we will discuss how we would like the creative process to be equal. Then we will talk about what we have all been thinking about the current state of the world and how we can translate our healing into collaboration. After this first week we will dive into the creation process for two weeks.
In order to make this dream collaboration happen, we need your help. Our first goal to get the project going is to raise $2,500 by April 23rd. We need to raise AT LEAST $30,000 just for the travel and hospitality. The funds will be used for travel, food & hospitality expenses of the American & South African team as well as simple equipment and art supplies for proper documentation and archival purposes. In the hopeful event that we raise more than our goal, we will use the excess money to provide an equal salary between all of the contributors for working so hard on the projects we create!
Hospitality/transportation to Oyam/ Food: $10,000
Art supplies & Equipment: $2,000
Salary for Cape Town, South African & Oyam artists: $8,000 +
NOTE: When you donate, Hatchfund charges an extra 10% of your donation to their site to keep it going and for processing fees. This is a system in order to make sure that the money you donate to the fund goes straight to the project. Please keep this in mind when you are deciding how much to donate!