By Balint Zsako

"Imagining Mozambique", a traveling art show collective, premiers from August 27 to September 10 at the Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam.  The show is a fundraiser for ASEM, a non-profit organization that helps the children and orphans of Mazambique.  Over the last 25 years, the country has been plagued by civil war, natural disasters, colonization, and economic instability, all of which has led to widespread uncertainty for tomorrow’s youth.  For 17 years, ASEM has offered Mozambican children an alternative to living life in the streets, abandonment, and rejection from society by establishing various centers to provide shelter, education, and food to thousands.  ASEM also seeks psychological, emotional, and physical rehabilitation of the children through organized cultural and athletic activities. 

"Imagining Mozambique" is a thought-provoking collection of photography, illustration, painting, and design inspired by the Mozambican children’s day-to-day plight for survival and change.  The prints can be purchased on Imagining Mozambique’s website by clicking here. The website is an interactive and educational portal to the afflictions of the country set to the premonitory sounds of our own DM Stith.  A special feature of the site lets visitors create their own wish with which they can express a personalized message of optimism and hope to the children.  All money raised through the sale of the artwork goes directly to ASEM.