Many Hands is Compassion’s first-ever NFT collection, and the collection’s digital artworks will be sold directly by Compassion via the Ethereum blockchain. Coinage begins today 20th of Julyat 10:30 am Easter at ManyHandsNFT.com. (Those new to NFTs can join Compassion’s Discord and visit the #nft-101 channel for more information.)
The artist of the collection Patrick Bezalel, donated his time and talent to create five thousand pieces of art, all created in VR. Each piece represents Haiti Landscapes and villages, as well as the realities that the country continues to face due to poverty, civil unrest and natural disasters. Bezalel painted each layer using HTC Pro VR, where he was fully immersed in a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment.
Bezalel and his wife, Lily, first heard about Compassion at a conference more than a decade ago and were moved by the organization’s work. Since then they have sponsored children through Compassion and they are currently sponsoring two children from Haiti. Bezalel hopes the collection will sell out, adding: “I want to present Haiti in a way never before presented in a VR environment. VR has the ability to immerse you in any space and this art form is my way of immersing and involving everyone in their support for Compassion and their projects. It’s not just about education – it’s hope for the future.”
According to USAID, the majority of Haitians have no access to quality education, citing challenges as low school enrollment rates and poor literacy rates. The average Haitian aged 25 or older has less than five years of schooling; and only 61 percent of the adult population can read and write.
Education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty. UNESCO reports that the global poverty rate could be cut by more than half if all adults completed secondary education. Yet the majority of Haitians cannot afford to send their children to school.
Abbel Joseph, senior manager of program support at Compassion Haiti, sees many young people who have the skills, knowledge and inclination to attend university but lack the financial means. He explains: “The target group we work with is one of the most vulnerable in the country. That is why it is so important to help them get a scholarship so they can go to college. For community development, people need to educate themselves… to learn things, to help themselves, to help their community. Many of them end up with no opportunity at all to go to college without this scholarship.”
Compassion responds to this difficulty: “Men anpil, chay pa lou.” Roughly translated from the Creole, this Haitian proverb means: “Many hands lighten the load.” And off we go 10:30 am East on 20th of July, Individuals can lighten the load for 32 Haitian students by coining “Many Hands” NFTs at ManyHandsNFT.com. The project will empower youth in poverty to become teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists and other members of society who can break the chains of poverty and bring about a better future for all Haiti.
Just ask Esterflie, a 19-year-old Haitian student, to join the program. She says: “I would like to have a career in computers – maybe a computer engineer. Technology is something that is very important to them [the] development of a country. My parents are happy that I have the opportunity to go to college. They are very proud of me.”
To learn more about Compassion’s Web 3 presence, visit ManyHandsNFT.com, join our Discord (where you can ask questions directly to Compassion staff through the #support channel), or follow the project at @ManyHands_NFT on twitter.
About Compassion International
Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to lifting children out of poverty in the name of Jesus. Founded in 1952, Compassion works with more than 8,500 local churches in 27 program countries to provide spiritual, economic, social and physical care to over two million babies, children and young adults in poverty. Compassion, ranked #10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Charities for 2021, is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit compassion.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
SOURCE Compassion International