The Canvas Peace Project is an effort organized by artists inspired by Gabriel Bol Deng, One of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Gabriel founded the organization Hope For Ariang to bring primary education to his war torn village in South Sudan. I met Gabriel in 2008 and became a board member of Hope for Ariang. Watching the development in Ariang has been life changing for me;​ beginning with seeing the villagers have clean water for the first time, to having their first protected area in which to learn. The children will be the first literate generation in Ariang.  Gabriel truly believes that the empowerment of the mothers in the village will bring about the biggest change for the children and education. Through their training we hope to teach the women to run a small food market and school food program beneficial to the children’s education.  As an artist I believe that art can inspire and empower as well. Through our expression of art, we hope to tell more of the story of the lives of these women.

The Mission

This project has two missions; to create awareness of victims of genocide through our art by exhibiting the artwork received by our participants and to raise funds to empower women and girls in South Sudan through supporting organizations doing grassroots work in the region. The Canvas Peace Project is not a 501c3. The money raised for the project will be donated to organizations doing work to empower and support women and girls in South Sudan with a particular focus on organizations founded by The Lost Boys.


Hope For Ariang, Founder Gabriel Bol Deng: created a small women’s restaurant where women will be trained to run a business. They currently sell food items such as donuts and hope to expand.

SUDEF: Founder, Abraham Awolich: SUDEF will focus on training women on prenatal and postnatal care for themselves and their newborns in the clinic they have built in Aweil.

The Vad Foundation:  Marial Bai Secondary School (MBSS) has increased access to excellent secondary education, trained teachers, created equal opportunities for girls, and promoted literacy for children and adults in the region.

We can make a difference, one woman at a time.