Thank you for making portraits for children in Afghanistan!
We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions.
Since the 1970s, few countries on earth have experienced as much turmoil and tragedy as Afghanistan. Today that trend continues with the resurgence of the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Many Afghan civilians live in constant threat of violence and human rights atrocities. Families, including thousands of children, are being displaced and forced to live in extreme poverty and fear. Quite simply, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these children to see themselves portrayed as works of art through the eyes of American children often made out to be the enemy. The portraits your students create will send a powerful message of peace and caring through art that these children might never otherwise receive.