Kraftlove’s mission is to use art to promote a healing environment in the hospital for sick children facing challenging circumstances. By providing interactive art projects that inspire creativity and encourage self-expression, we hope to transform the experience in the hospital from one of illness to normalcy, joy and healing.
A Message from Kraftlove Founder and President Anhvinh Wright
Like so many charities, I founded Kraftlove because I have a heart for children in difficult situations, a passion for serving and a dream to combine the two to make a difference in a powerful way. Kraftlove’s mission is to use art to promote a healing environment in the hospital for children struggling with illness. By providing interactive art projects that inspire creativity and encourage self-expression, we hope to transform the experience in the hospital from one of illness to normalcy, joy and healing. Our plan is to create age and impairment-appropriate art projects, package the necessary materials for that art project in boxes, and donate those boxes to children’s hospitals in the National Capital Area for children impacted by illness. Then building on what we learn we will expand our reach to hospitals, shelters and other organizations that are focused on helping children who are facing challenging circumstances in their lives all across the country and beyond.
My professional career as a behavior analyst has long involved helping children in difficult circumstances, having worked with children with autism for over 15 years. That work has been very influential in my decision to create Kraftlove. Children with autism work very hard to acquire virtually every skill that most children have and we often take for granted – the ability to follow basic instructions, to stay on task, to communicate, to socially engage with peers. I have seen how these children have been forced to absorb the life lessons of perseverance, patience, and resolve because of all they must overcome to acquire these skills.
Children impacted by illness have to endure many of the same life lessons. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. Even as an adult, during this difficult journey, I needed to dig deep inside and find the strength, hope and courage to keep jumping through those hoops, even when I was overcome with pessimism. I came away from that experience with awe and admiration for the tenacity that children with cancer and other serious illnesses must find within themselves to deal with the emotional and physical challenges they face.
The impact of these two experiences, for me, resulted in Kraftlove. I knew initially that I wanted to create a charity to help children but didn’t know quite what to do or where to start. One day, I watched as my own children were immersed in an art project and having a great time. They were so focused on every detail of the art project that nothing else in the world seemed to matter. Suddenly I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to give this gift of joy in the form of an art box to sick children in the hospital.” I had found where to begin. Read more…