Itâ€™s being held at the studio of artist Elizabeth Castonguay, Creation Art Studio/Gallery, in the Riverwalk Corporate Center on Terminal Street. The orphanage was co-founded by Bill Soisson, a Connellsville native and father of Pittsburgh arts patron Laura Horner.
Ms. Horner and her siblings spent their youth in Malawi, where her parents were missionaries, and a slide show at the event will show images of those years. A few years ago, Mr. Soisson returned to the orphanage.
Ms. Castonguay, who has exhibited extensively, including in Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annuals, has volunteered with at-risk inner-city teenage boys for two decades.
The orphanage in Zomba serves a core group of about 400 children and up to 2,000, most under 6 years old. The organizationâ€™s primary focus is to provide proper nutrition, achieved with a porridge of maize, beans and other local grains known as Likuni Phala that was formulated by a sister of the Our Lady of Africa order in the 1960s. The cost of feeding a child one serving daily for a year is $11.
The orphanage tries to find homes for the children with family members or friends, a task made harder by the large number of HIV-related deaths that left them without parents. All proceeds benefit the orphans.
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