Online exhibition What Would You Buy with $50? features more than 150 works by East African villagers and students from the Circle of Peace School in Uganda, where that price covers a year’s tuition.
The project is the brainchild of artist Jiashan Wu and Joyce Meng, CEO of the volunteer-based online organization Givology. On a recent volunteer mission, they asked the local kids to draw what they would buy with $50, and now each drawing is being sold to help provide continuing education for students at the school.
The online exhibit of the kids’ work provides a clever, touching, and thought-provoking look into an imagined world in which the same amount can buy a book, a kettle, an iPod, or even a plane ticket to New York. The drawings are each available to purchase for (you guessed it) $50.
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Chocolates by Bbaale Irene, age 10
“Irene lives in the Circle of Peace School. Both of her parents died of AIDS when she was a baby. She’s always having fun, even when she’s playing by herself. She told me she would buy a box of chocolate so big that it would take three whole days to eat all of them.”
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