An exhibition with a conscience 100% of profits go to charity
Organised by Children of the Mekong, with the aim of raising awareness and funds for their education programs in the Philippines, this exhibition brings along 40 artists, coming from different parts of the world, united by a personal drive and a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children.
After almost 3 years of Covid and increasing geopolitical instability in many countries where Children of the Mekong operates, we have an even greater need for fundraising to keep supporting children and their families after the pandemic had taken too many of them off school, and too many parents off work.
All artists and partner art galleries generously donate their artworks.
100% proceeds from the sale of these works of art will be used to fund Children of the Mekong's activities in Southeast Asia.
Children of the Mekong
Established in 1958, Children of the Mekong is a French NGO which was granted the French Republic's Human Rights Award in 1990. The charity helps children gain access to education, by offering individual or collective sponsorships and building schools and foster homes in South-East Asia.
Our moto: "Children we care for today will care for their country tomorrow."
More than 23,000 children are sponsored by Children of the Mekong, and over 70,000 children are benefiting from our education programs and projects across 6 countries: Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Children of the Mekong Hong Kong was created in 2003. It is a tax-exempt NGO, helping children in Asia to receive the education every child deserves. Managed by volunteers passionate about making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, the Hong Kong branch is very active, organizing awareness campaigns and fundraising.
Guillaume d'Aboville - General Manager at Children of the Mekong
"When art and beauty are put at the service of the most fragile, we can only marvel!
Thank you to all the artists who put their talents at the service of the education of the poorest!
Thank you to the generosity of the artists, the partner galleries and our sponsors without whom this exhibition would not have been possible!
Thank you to all of you who are going to buy works of art, HK$ 10 correspond to a day at school for a child!
Thank you to the curators and the team of volunteers of Children of the Mekong HK who do not count their hours to organize this beautiful event!"
Examples of projects financed
Batang Mekong - Day care Cebu, Philippines
The Batang Mekong Daycare Program was created in 2001.
For more than 20 years, Batang (Children in Visaya) Mekong has been working in the Inayawan garbage dump area (and by extension in the San Pio resettlement area in Talisay City) where a majority of the inhabitants still work as ragpickers, sorting waste in the storage warehouses that dot the area.
The Batang Mekong project consists of several complementary initiatives, all of which aim to lift the community up:
The 8 nurseries which in 2023 accommodate around 106 children from 1 to 6 years old from Monday to Friday. All children receive 1 meal per day (sometimes the only one) and medications, if need be, a Montessori pedagogy instead of wandering in the shantytown, and a place where they receive care, love, security.
The training for parents, whether it be professional training or more educational and spiritual training. 14 moms were trained as Child development workers.
Fighting for Education amid the Coup in Myanmar
With the civil war still rife in parts of Myanmar, getting an education is a tangible way of avoiding the militias. In addition to the clear benefits, both practical and theoretical, of academic training, going to school gives children a chance of escaping forced conscription into a militia unit.
Child sponsorship enables Children of the Mekong to set up boarding houses in which young people can live close to a secondary school, of which there are still very few in remote areas.
The operations at Children of the Mekong rely on a strong network of loyal and trustworthy local programme managers who live in the communities.
Thanks to this network, Children of the Mekong has been able to continue and extend our support despite the crises.
Between March 2020 to October 2022, emergency food distribution and informal classes were provided across the country and reached 95,000 beneficiaries.
But 7.5 million young people are deprived of education for the school year 2022-2023 in Myanmar.
The Children of the Mekong Students Centre in Cebu City was created in 1998, it is the oldest and largest student residence in the Philippines.
50 students coming from poor families (monthly revenue lower than HKD 500) are supported every year.
At university, they study a variety of different topics such as engineering, finance, accounting, human resources, psychology, social studies, education and more.
Our goal is to provide accommodation to university students, additional tutorial, professional life training, to help them find a job.
Testimonials from Janena
The young woman wanted to become a doctor after her father died due to the lack of access to healthcare.
“The moment I entered the education centre, my life changed. We are 48 different scholars with different personalities, we come from different places, we have different perspectives, different dreams, but it’s wonderful to be able to learn with them, to grow with them. The centre is not just supporting us financially or supporting our studies, but also helping us to become the best version of ourselves”