Winners of The MySpace Impact Award, REVO is on a role, bringing awareness of and funds to some of the most worthy of causes. This time, it’s all about the children.
In West Papua, there is an expression known as “HANCUR” (meaning broken) which accurately captures the current state of its educational system. In West Papua, teachers get a salary regardless if they are doing their jobs correctly or not. As a result, many of them don’t even bother showing up to teach their classes. And when they do show up, instead of educating their students, it’s become common practice for these teachers to bribe their students into performing chores at their homes in exchange for “passing grades.”
REVO -which started by one young woman in Hilo, Hawaii– has spread to over 17 states across the U.S. It is a movement based on the concepts of love, grace, equality, and social justice. What makes this movement so unique is that -utilizing art and creativity- it is designed to inspire people to do it themselves. That no one is too small to be the impetus for a REVOlution.
WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? In certain West Papuan villages, schooling is provided up to the third grade. After that, these children are sent into the city of Wamena for further schooling. While in Wamena, most of these children find refuge in “tribal dorms.” Unfortunately, these dorms come with no adult supervision and require a regular fee in order to maintain room and board; the tragedy is that the money needed to pay these fees don’t always come from parents. And even if they do, how soon they get the money is often dependent on airline schedules. Because of this, many children are forced to walk the streets in search of food.
REVO has done concerts, fashions shows –across the US– this time around the big REVO event is huge art show in Los Angeles. Happening this Sunday (October 4, 2009) at the UCLA Ackerman Ballroom.
WHO IT WILL BENEFIT: In 2006, a small pilot program with 16 kindergarteners began in West Papua, Indonesia. As a result of this program, today we have “Sekolah Dasar Balem Wamena” — a model school with 95 students ranging from kindergarten to 2nd grade. The ultimate goal of SDBW is to set the standard of what GOOD quality education looks like in a place where the educational system is in shambles. SDBW not only plans on adding two kindergarten classes every year, but plans to build a school that reaches grades K – 12.
Support the cause, and while your at it pick up some of the auctioned art – including donated work by some of the hottest artists around: Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, Aaron Kraten, Allison Torneros, Ekundayo, to name but a few. Live murals, silkscreens, films, DJ Doogle Houser, and more. This is the event that, if you are anywhere near Los Angeles, you have no excuse to miss.