Who We Are

Globally

NigeriaThe Livingkindness Foundation was founded in 2011 to create the Livingkindness Centre for Learning in Ikuzeh, Nigeria. We worked with Hope for the Village Children, an NGO directed by Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger, and the tribal chiefs to originate a plan that was good for the children and good for the village.

The result was a building that housed a solar-powered computer center with an apartment on each end for two teachers to live in and work from. There are 20 computers now being used by children and adults for educational purposes.

The two videos below were sent to us by the villagers. They celebrate the building and the dedication of the completed Livingkindness Centre for Learning.

Sister Rita shares the story of how the Centre came to be

The tribal chiefs gathered for its initial commissioning


Locally

Livingkindness has been committed to diversity, racial equality and marginalized communities since its beginning. Its first scholarships were given to teens from the LGBTQ community for an Art & Activism contest. The winners were awarded $500, $300 and $200 respectively. Judging was a collaboration between Livingkindness and Syracuse Cultural Workers, publishers of artwork for social justice.

An Art & Activism Award is given each year to a woman writer of color whose work marries creativity and social activism. The scholarships underwrite all registration expenses for attending the International Women’s Writing Guild Summer Conference at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The two latest recipients have been Connie Garcia-Barrio from Philadelphia and San Diego poet Johnnierenee Nelson.

Livingkindness also gave a scholarship to Criselda Vasquez to support a year of study with a Los Angeles artist. Criselda is the artist who painted New American Gothic, a 4 foot tall painting of her parents.

Constance Garcia Barrio speaks at “The Emperor Jones”

A timely, thought-provoking poem by Johnnierenee Nelson