What is the CovART Challenge?
The effects of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) have greatly disrupted African communities. Children who have already been born into years of undeserved hardship now have another problem on their hands: choosing between going to school or earning money for food.
In Kenya, specifically, there are 100,000+ children who have been forced to work during school closures to earn money for food, just so that they can afford to eat.
Consequently, pregnancy rates of teenage girls have reached record highs. Without access to education and proper resources, these girls are left to struggle to raise children, and lock themselves into a life of poverty in the process.
The Magic of Education
Access to reliable and safe education has been shown to help African families climb out of poverty.
When girls have access to a safe place to go everyday, nutritious meals, and the resources they need to learn, they avoid many of the hardships of life in Africa, and go on to raise successful families.
The CovART Challenge is a way for the art community to take massive steps towards improving the world. CovART's founder, Evan Sharma's vision is to empower Africa, one small step at a time.
At the launch of the CovART Challenge, eight artists donated pieces for auction and challenged two other artists. Those artists then challenged two more artists, who will challenge two more artists.
The result will be hundreds of thousands of children who are helped return to school and escape poverty, with 100% of the proceeds going to this cause.