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Hadassah’s ART-Joy-Love Project Continues to Nurture Ethiopian Orphans Who Have HIV/AIDS

As part of the Hadassah Medical Center's ART-Joy-Love project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, devoted to helping orphans with HIV/AIDS, Hadassah's health professionals once again traveled to Ethiopia for a multi-layered outreach—this time including an art show which showcased the work of talented teenagers from the orphanages.

This painting was done by 14-year-old Rachel, an HIV-infected girl, living in one of the orphanages.

During their school vacation, 15 talented teenagers from the orphanages were invited by ART-Joy-Love to create works of art, guided by well-known local artists from the Netsa Art Village in Addis Ababa. Their art was then exhibited at the School of Fine Arts and Design at Addis Ababa University, preceded by a gala opening ceremony at the school under the auspices of the Embassy of Israel in Ethiopia, sponsored by ART-Joy-Love, along with AHOPE, Artists for Charity, Netsa Art Village, and Fekat Circus. All the children from two orphanages were invited to attend and see a performance by Israeli and Ethiopian medical clowns ("Dream Doctors") and the Fekat Circus. The Addis Ababa dream doctors belong to the circus.

The art show was the culmination of over a week of activities for the children and their caregivers. Hadassah Psychologist Ahuva Yavin-Arnon and Social worker Estelle Rubinstein of Hadassah's Pediatric AIDS Center led a seminar for the caregivers of three orphanages on psychosocial issues during adolescence. Hadassah's medical clowns-- Dudi, Titto, and Tilli--trained their local colleagues, accompanying them to the orphanages and also to the pediatric department at the Black Lion University Hospital in Addis Ababa.

ART-Joy-Love was founded by Prof. Dan Engelhard, head of Hadassah's Pediatric AIDS Center, Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, as well as ART-Joy-Love.

Date: 1/30/2013
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