Child Advocacy Network of Disability Organizations (CAN DO) holds an art activity with Christopher Hogan as part of children’s day celebrations

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Child Advocacy Network of Disability Organizations (CAN DO) has today held an art activity for children with disabilities as part of the Network’s children’s day celebrations. This activity was guided by Mr. Christopher Hogan, one of the world’s leading marine abstract artists. He has undertaken several charity programmes to teach children in various parts of Asia and the Middle East.

A total of 24 children with disabilities aged 7 to 12 years participated in today’s event held at Mookai Hotel. CAN DO recognizes that children with disabilities are unique and diverse in their talents, in which many use art as a form of self expression. Art not only a boundless medium for, creativity and communication, but it can also be a form of therapy. CAN DO believes that the event will provide a valuable and enjoyable opportunity for children who love art, as well as help other children develop a new interest and even discover hidden talents.

CAN DO is a network that aims to work together to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Maldives Disability Act, so that every child with disabilities in the country can live with full rights and dignity and are provided with opportunities to realize his or her full potential. Founding members of CAN DO include Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC), Association for Disability and Development (ADD), Beautiful Eyes Down Syndrome Association of Maldives, Blind and Visually Impaired Association of Maldives, Care Society, Maldives Autism Association, Maldives Deaf Association (MDA) and Maldives Association of Physical Disables (MAPD).

As part of this children’s day celebrations, CAN DO also held a stakeholder conference on 10 May 2016, to promote the rights of children with disabilities. The conference was attended by member organizations of CAN DO, representatives from the President’s Office and relevant government Ministries, the National Social Protection Agency, the Human Rights Commission, the Disability Council, UNDP and UNICEF.