The United Nations will host an International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will provide a platform for countries affected by Ebola affected countries to share their recovery plans and resource needs for the coming year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon commented:
“All of your investments, all of the sacrifices and lives lost, and all of the risks that the relief workers took would be squandered if the outbreak recurs.”
Kamba Fine Art gallery is working in partnership with the permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, during the donor conference, which is organised by UNDP, and supporting the event by showing a series of works created by African artists in response to the global tragedy of the Ebola crisis. Kamba Fine Art commissioned 20 prominent artists to produce unique works of art. The resulting artworks will be exhibited over the duration of the two day conference. Artists commissioned by Kamba Fine Art to produce art for the exhibition include; Bunmi Babatunde, Kofi Allen, Joseph Bertiers, Emmanuel Okoro, Hamid Ibrahim, Fuduh Francis, Fidelis Odogwu, Damilola Odusote, Sam Ebohon, Uduh Francis, Gerry Nnubia and Patrick Mulondo.
Artworks from the exhibition will be auctioned at a later date with proceeds of the auction being donated to two Ebola focused charities in Africa to help those affected by the Ebola crisis; Street Child and Excel. The artists have also offered to donate one of their artworks to areas that have been affected by the Ebola outbreak, with a plan to install these pieces as permanent collections in hospitals, schools, museums and national parks in affected areas.
Kamba Fine Art founder Leyla Simple commented:
“We are delighted to participate in raising awareness for such an important cause that is so close to my own heart. These high profile events remind the world that although the Ebola crisis may now have been contained, the effects of this tragic event are still very much part of peoples everyday lives in the affected areas of Africa.”
United Nations Headquarters, 42nd and 48th Street, 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
Preview: on Thursday the 9th July 6-9pm Opening dates and hours: Friday 10th July 9am – 4.30pm Kamba Fine Art Exhibition at United Nations, New York Fri July 9th-10th 2015, 9am- 6pm/ Preview on Thurs July 9th 6-9pm United Nations 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017.
Ebola crisis focused charities:
STREET CHILD one of the largest charities providing childcare in Freetown, they run independent sustainable programmes with a main focus on education. We will dedicate our collective efforts to the childcare program ‘Back to school’ which deals with children that have lost most of their family and relatives if not all to Ebola. It provides them with a grant to get them back on their feet to sustain themselves and their families through out their education.
EXCEL is developing the next generation of Sierra Leonean leaders and changemakers who are not only inspired but compelled to build a New Sierra Leone. The Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has put considerable strain on Sierra Leone’s already fragmented and fragile education system.
Therefore EXCEL Education presents programming aimed at bridging the gap for children and youth affected by Ebola, by supporting their academic development and psychosocial wellbeing. EXCEL is on mission to ensure Ebola does not define the future of our children and youth by investing in their success beyond circumstance.