Children Mending Hearts is a global arts exchange between at-risk children in America and children living in conflict zones that educates, empowers and encourages children and gives them a voice, inspiring them to a sense of empathy and desire for peace.
Founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, the purpose of Children Mending Hearts is to give children worldwide the power to find and use their voices through creative expression. CMH conducts workshops in the arts in America with local homeless children’s organizations, and internationally with NGO’s supporting children in conflict zones.
Through a team of arts/cultural specialists who conduct workshops in the arts including painting, photography, music, dance and drama, these kids experience the joy of childhood. Children Mending Hearts’ programs help expand the individual potential of these young people by strengthening their minds through creative stimulation and helping them grow into better global citizens.
Domestically, Children Mending Hearts empowers local organizations that work with disadvantaged and at-risk children throughout the country. CMH finds out what the participating organizations need, where they are lacking, and where they need help. CMH then brings in a volunteer pool so that when they leave a city after their workshop those volunteers are able to execute the Take Action points that CMH has given them.
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Children Mending Hearts has received support from the following celebrities listed on this site: