Changing the world is exactly what gallery owner, Lisa Schultz is trying to do beginning with Sierra Leone, Africa. About a year and a half ago, Schultz, who runs and owns The Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City, California, began The Peace Project inspired by some of the art she had seen. Schultz had also learned that 20% of the world’s amputees reside in Sierra Leone which is the size of North Carolina. Many have been crawling around the ground ever since the civil war ended 10 years ago.
Last year on World Peace Day, Schultz organized the distribution of 10,000 pairs of crutches across the country in one day. The goal has been to create ‘sustainable peace’ so the people of Sierra Leone can take care of themselves and their families. As Schultz stated at our launch for Progressive Pulse, “we want to join hands with the people of Sierra Leone”.
In April, Schultz will revisit Sierra Leone hitting some of the most remote areas that were the hardest hit during the war. These areas have little to no roads or infrastructure. ‘The Peace Project will reach them”, said Schultz.
In addition to the distribution of crutches, The Whole 9 Gallery donates 25% of sales from all art work, jewelry, books and t-shirts which goes directly to the Peace Project. Visit Gallery 9: www.thegallery9.com
The Peace Project is also up for a grant for $50,000 that would help to create the The Peace Center in Sierra Leone this year. The Peace Center, according to Schultz, is not just a building, but a symbol especially as the country has been experiencing tremendous amount of civil unrest due to the upcoming elections in the country. Final days for voting for this cause end in a few days, but we’ll keep you posted with the results – Good luck to Lisa and The Peace Project!! For now, visit www.thepeaceproject.com to find out how to get involved and join the community of giving, from creatively small ways to large, you can make a difference. Watch the video below featuring Schultz’s inspiration for starting The Peace Project.