Supported by donors who care, Save the Children's HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts) program brings the proven power of artistic expression to some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Healing and Education
Through the Arts (HEART)

Through painting, music, drama, and many other art forms, Save the Children’s HEART (Healing and Education Through the Arts) program helps children affected by serious or chronic stress find new ways to share their feelings and experiences.

Research shows that artistic expression has a powerful effect on a child’s social and emotional wellbeing, as well as educational value, especially for children in stressful situations. When a child shares his or her memories and feelings through artistic expression, they can begin to feel less isolated and more connected and safe amidst the trusted adults and peers in their lives.

HEART supports children and youth age 3 - 18 and also support adults including parents, teachers and community center facilitators.

In the last 8 years, the global HEART program has supported more than 350,000 children in 22 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Here is the story of one such child. Meet Mariana.

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