Art Building Children’s Dreams (Australia), known as the ABCD project, is a major international project of the Rotary Club of Templestowe which commenced in 2009. Our club has sponsored a number of international projects and other Rotary clubs have also joined us to help bring children’s dreams to reality.
ABCD has two components. Firstly sponsoring children by paying their school fees so they can attend school. Secondly carrying out building and renovation work on schools. These projects are now being carried out in partnership with the Deakin University Global Citizenship Program with Deakin students raising money and self-funding to participate in these projects.
The overall concept of ABCD is that children in disadvantaged communities paint or draw a picture of their dreams. The drawings are combined with photographs and stories to create a very special and unique work of art. This in turn is used to encourage sponsorship of the child’s education. It’s that simple!
Mission – To improve opportunities for children in developing countries to access education, utilizing art as a means of building connections and by facilitating sponsorship and volunteering through strategic partnerships and the global network of Rotary Clubs.
Vision – Art Building Children’s Dreams (Australia) Inc. is a world where vulnerable children can achieve their dreams.
Since its inception ABCD (Australia) has coordinated a number of projects. The Rotary Club of Templestowe has been involved in the following
- Student sponsorship in Nasuri, Fiji (RC Templestowe) (2009)
- Student sponsorship, preschool build and solar panels at Lavena Primary Taveuni Island, Fiji (RC Templestowe and Deakin Global Citizenship program) (2012)
- Building, plumbing, cleaning and painting work at Kasavu Primary School, Fiji (RC Templestowe and Deakin Global Citizenship Program) (2016)
- New floor tiles throughout St Bedes High School, Savusavu, Fiji (RC Templestowe) (2016)
For more information please see the ABCD (Australia) website.