Playing to Live! uses community based supportive art, play and yoga to help children affected by trauma in low resource, high trauma communities. Evidence-based research shows that child-centered, supportive creative arts techniques greatly improve a child's ability to express and release complex emotions resulting from trauma. We partner with local community organizations to create a culturally relevant supportive arts program and training.
Who We Are
Playing to Live! is now in its 2nd year of existence and has already experienced incredible growth and recognition in Liberia, where the program was born. We are an approved 501 (c) 3 and are able to provide our funders a tax deduction. We partner with numerous local NGOs to ensure the cultural relevance and sustainability of our programming, with current projects in South Africa. Our vision is to continue to expand our organization to bring the healing arts to more children in need worldwide.
See our story on ABC NEWS: Playing to Live! Groundbreaking Program Tackles Trauma
See our program through the eyes of our staff and children in this UNICEF video
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“Not every charitable organization working on the ground is fighting disease. Playing to Live is running a pilot program in Liberia for children orphaned by the disease, hoping to aid their recovery with art therapy and play. The project is headed by Alexis Decosimo, a doctoral student in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, who says the therapy can “build resiliency and hope, and create a safe place to process trauma.”- John Schwartz, The New York Times