Rogue Foundation is socially conscious organization founded by Rogue Space | Chelsea gallery owner and documentary filmmaker Kevin O'Hanlon. Rogue Foundation's goal is to empower underserved children in conflict zones and challenged environments around the world through creativity and creative solution finding.

Current project – I Am Congo

 

Congo

 

Continuing its mission working with children in conflict zones, Rogue Foundation will be in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo in October collaborating with and supporting the NGO Camme.

 

Children coming to CAMME have often been the victims of traumatic events that are too horrible for most of us to imagine. Forced conscription as child soldiers, sexual assault, starvation, begging on the street, and more.

 

The children are offered a variety of vocational training opportunities, psychosocial assistance, and nutritional support. CAMME specifically seeks to help children who have not found help in more traditional rehabilitation centers.

 

Not only is Goma located in the midst of a Congo's red zone, where civilians are routinely slaughtered or raped by soldiers and rebels, but it is also the most volcano-threatened city on Earth and is commonly regarded as the most dangerous city in the world.

 

An exhibition of the children's work is planned at Rogue Space | Chelsea for December. All proceeds will be returned to Camme to help develope further educational and lifeskill programs

 

Each Rogue Foundation project's intent is to provide children with the materials, encouragement and outlet to express at a critical time in their lives and to support their further education.

I Am Syria

 

Rogue Foundation completed an art project with boys and girls at refugee camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border at the end of November, collaborating with NGO Relief and Reconciliation for Syria.

Expanding on I Am Haiti and I Am Afghanistan, the I Am Syria project specifically assisted R&R Syria's program of trauma support for children who have been affected by the conflict. A benefit exhibition took place at Rogue Space | Chelsea in March.

I Am Afghanistan

 

Rogue Foundation traveled to Afghanistan to Le Pelican School in Kabul, a bastion to Hazarra children. The Hazarra are the the most persecuted ethnic group in that region and simply attending school can be a threatening experience, especially for girls.

The paintings the children created for the show depict the lands and homes they were forced to leave behind. Other paintings conjure new homes they wish they could inhabit someday.

For Hazara children, an education, especially for women, is considered an impossible dream.The proceeds from the I Am Afghanistan exhibition helped fund Le Pelican's mission of helping Afghan children in need.

 

I Am Haiti

 

RF's initial project focused on Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010. There, children of the Maranatha School and Orphanage were invited by the filmmaker to paint their hopes for the future. The 200+ images inspired the “I Am Haiti” exhibition.

Sales from the exhibition funded the rebuilding of their school, destroyed in the disaster.

The children’s artwork was then commissioned to be made into luxury cashmere scarves as the annual corporate gift presented by Conde Naste to their executives and clients.