Connection starts with kindness

By Colors of Connection

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A little bit of context

Women around the world are seeking common ground and support from those around them. But they often feel alone or lack the resources to achieve what they are capable of doing. Although the day to day challenges may be different in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo vs the United States, Colors of Connection has seen the power of girls and women supporting each other to awaken the voice of change everywhere.

Why is working with conflict-affected youth and their communities so important?

Right now, one in four young people live in countries affected by conflict or disaster. In the aftermath of mass conflict, the emotional and social needs of those affected are often neglected, with drastic results for people who have experienced trauma. Young people, and especially girls, suffer the most in these environments from a lack of opportunities for positive engagement with others, and personal exploration and expression.

Together we can change that. Read on to see how.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Remember PenPals from when you were younger? We loved the way it brought people together to share stories and build a relationship despite differences.

Colors of Connection is building on that concept with the launch of our Connection Bracelets in order to raise awareness and support for our work of empowering adolescent girls and their communities through art.

Through a collaborative-mural making process, we invest in building knowledge, skill sets and resources for conflict-affected youth. Our art-based programs offer an opportunity for girls to find healing, self-determination, and a chance to use their voice!

Learn more about our approach on our website:

Join us!

You can invest directly in empowering girls and communties who have been affected by conflict by joining us in the following ways!

1. Nominate someone who is making a positive impact in the lives of girls and women for a chance to receive a set of connection bracelets! CC will send a connection bracelet to the first 15 nominees, along with the person who nominated them. Here's how to participate:

  • Create a post on YOUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA accounts (facebook, twitter, instagram), tagging your nominee with a shout out for their awesomeness and how they are making a difference for girls and women. Be sure to tag Colors of Connection so we can find your nomination, and include the hashtags #connectionbracelet #connectionstartswithkindness

2. Make a donation to our "Connection starts with Kindness" fundraising campaign and pick your perk!

3. Spread the word about our campaign through social media and emails!

What impact your gift will have

Your gift will support the work of Colors of Connection which is providing opportunities for conflict-affected youth to engage with art in a way that builds inner resources, enabling them to move forward into the world with resilience, confidence, and a belief that they can make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Plus, a portion of your gift will go directly to fund the girls collective M'shujarts in Goma, DR Congo, a girl-led movement supported by Colors of Connection, that connects and empowers local adolescent girls through art and community. Shujaa means 'leader' in Swahili, the local language, and signifies how the girls see themselves and each other.

Colors of Connection is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization. All donations to Colors of Connection are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Team Members

Laurie Reyman

Christina Mallie

Kate Charles