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Building disaster resilience through art

Children and young people in the Philippines have been creating mural paintings based on the new skills they have gained in becoming resilient to the impacts of natural disasters.

Young people painting a mural in the Philippines
Young people painting a mural in the Philippines.

Through the Build Up Project, children, young people and their communities are becoming resilient to the impacts of disasters.

As part of the project, run by Plan International, children and young people learn about staying safe from disasters through art work and eventually apply what they’ve learned by painting murals.

“This was my first time to paint a mural. I was wanting to do this for a long time, so I can improve my skills and express my feelings,” said Jhon, 18. 

“My painting was inspired by the other youth like me,” he added. 

New skills and friends

A young person painting a mural

The workshops also allowed the young people to make new friends and share their interests.

“I want to continue drawing and practice more. I hope also to get more trainings from experts,” said Jeffrey, 25.

Jeffrey said his inspiration for doing art work is the joy it gives to the people who see the finished product. He also hopes his works inspire other youth to continue drawing. 

Brightening up communities

To apply the techniques learned in the project, young people in Quezon City painted the walls of a mushroom cultivation centre while participants from Valenzuela painted the walls near an Expressway.

“I can use this skill while I’m looking for a job. I can also use these skills to help the centre sell mushrooms,” said Alexander, 21.“I hope I can use this skill to help my parents in the future,” he added. 

The Build Up Project is funded by Australian Aid and is now in its second year.