Drawn To­gether

Chloe Street meets Tif­fany Pink­stone, Alexan­dra Mc­mullen and Rain­bow Ho, the trio at­tempt­ing to help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Hong Kong through art-based ther­apy

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Real Estate -

nx­i­ety is like a blan­ket that cov­ers these chil­dren,” ex­plains Alexan­dra Mc­mullen, pro­ject man­ager of the Make it Bet­ter pro­gramme, an ini­tia­tive of the Sov­er­eign Art Foun­da­tion (SAF) de­signed to help the un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren of Hong Kong through art-based ther­apy. Ini­ti­ated by the SAF in March 2015, Make it Bet­ter is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­ject here and the first of its kind in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to the So­ci­ety for Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tion, one in four chil­dren in Hong Kong live be­low the poverty line. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­nity cen­tres, the SAF runs cour­ses for chil­dren rang­ing in age from kinder­garten­ers to teenagers, most of who live in Sham Shui Po cage homes and are re­cent migrants, pri­mar­ily from Main­land China.

The SAF, es­tab­lished by York­shire-born art col­lec­tor Howard Bil­ton (its chair­man) and Tif­fany Pink­stone (a di­rec­tor) in Hong Kong in 2003, is best known for the an­nual Sov­er­eign Art Prizes it runs in Asia, Africa and Europe. Ad­di­tion­ally, the foun­da­tion runs art-ther­apy projects in some of the most im­pov­er­ished ar­eas of Asia. Since its in­cep­tion, the SAF has also raised more than US$4.5 mil­lion to help chil­dren who are vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing, hard labour, sex­ual abuse, drugs or vi­o­lence.

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