Healing and Education
Through the Arts (HEART)

HEART is a visionary arts-based psychosocial support program that brings the proven power of artistic expression to children affected by serious or chronic stress to help them process feelings and emotions related to stressful events and learn the critical skills they need to reach their true potential. HEART changes children’s lives.

HEART takes place in schools, community centers, and other Child Friendly Spaces and supports children affected by poverty, conflict, violence, natural disasters, and illness. HEART supports children and youth age 3 - 20 and also support adults including parents, teachers, and community center facilitators.  

The healing process begins when a child shares his or her memories and feelings, either verbally or through artistic expression, with a trusted and caring adult or peer. The result is a child who feels less isolated and more connected and safe amidst the trusted adults and peers in their lives. This in turn can lead to a more confident and secure child, leaving each child more likely to learn and more likely to feel hopeful for a better future. 

Meet Mariana and see how one child processed her grief through creative expression. Read her story.

In the last 6 years, the global HEART program has supported more than 300,000 children in 20 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Read the article Seeing through new eyes on Mashable.

Through the support of generous donors like you, Save the Children’s HEART program will continue to bring help and healing through music and art to vulnerable children around the world.

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