Samlo Foundation

«Seeds Among Ashes«

This it’s me, Samlo ( @samlo.es ) and, on March 2022, I decided to stop everything I was doing to bring a «creative hug» in these complicated times of war to the weakest individual: the Ukrainian children refugee in Poland. I’m here at Poland since the day I decided to come.

I think that the only distance is the indifference and as a big family we should contribute to the most helpless.

I’m sharing the all experience, day by day, through the account @samlofoundation that performs this initiative called Seeds Among Ashes.

All together we can make a difference from our place. It’s not that it’s worth it, it’s that it deserves life.

I’m not alone:

Supported by Volvo Cars, Apple, Cece-Madrid, Asociación Hogar de María, Fundación Ecomar, ProStyle Foundation, Acción Ucrania, Hotel Occidental Barcelona, Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca, Mercure Orleans Hotel, Lègére Hotel Bielefeld, 3nitycreative, Matryoshka Travel and more than 250 volunteers around Europe.

«They are all my reasons and you can help me to reach them all.»

Follow the experience at @samlofoundation

Short-term goal:

To give a «creative hug» during war times to the weakest individual: the children. The only distance is the indifference and as a big family we should protect the defenseless. Samlo Foundation came to do this by the power of creativity and art.

March 9, 2022 – We traveled to Poland to attend through art, music, sculpture, educational games, sports, etc, to all the children affected by the war between Ukraine and Russia who are now refugees there.

Long-term goal:

To take care of this children that are our future and the future of the Ukrainian society. We will protect the future generations by art and creativity for the good of humanity.

March 7, 2022 – Madrid / The day before we started the trip.

March 8, 2022 San Sebastian, Spain | Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca

March 9, 2022 – Orleans, France | Mercure Orléans Centre Hotel

March 10, 2022 – Bielefeld, Germany | Légère Hotel Bielefeld

March 11, 2022 – Slotoryja, Poland 

March 12, 2022 – Warsaw, Poland 

All my work is edited on the Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) supercharged by the Apple M1 chip that is the fastest device of its kind. It’s designed to take full advantage of next‑level performance and custom technologies like the advanced image signal processor and unified memory. Wherever I go I always go with my iPad.

All the footage is shot on the iPhone 13 Pro Max

«If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.»

Nothing like traveling comfortable and protected by the Volvo v90.

The car has the best intuitive technology to stay connected everywhere you go by the Google-functions. The best navigator in its class: Fully integrated into the car, Google Maps, voice control using the Google Assistant, real-time traffic information and automatic route corrections will keep you hassle-free at your destination.

With the Google Assistant in your Volvo, you can get driving directions, use entertainment features, stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues, and adjust cab conditions – all without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

Easily connect and control compatible smart home devices in your car for peace of mind and convenience.

Thanks to Volvo, we counted with the best security support: Less stress in heavy traffic, it detects and corrects lane departure, four cameras providing multiple views, including a 360 ° bird’s-eye perspective, and side sensors alert you to objects in the immediate vicinity and more.

 

Every week, we identify refugee centers around Poland and provide to the children creative activities starting by the drawing lessons as Samlo did during the pandemic in 2020. Once they understand the reasons why we are there, we add more activities like sports, singing, dancing, etc.

Follow the experience at  @samlofoundation and at @samlo.es

«A true act of creativity always sparks another.»

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«They are all my reasons and you can help me to reach them all.»

Refugee centers:

  • Warsaw EXPO
  • Sródmiescie – Warsaw
  • Torwar Hall – Warsaw
  • Mazowickie – Warsaw
  • Agricola – Warsaw 

March 14, 2022 – We started our mission at the Warsaw EXPO.

But, so far, there are no refugee camps in Poland, thanks in some part to grass roots efforts by charities, businesses, individuals and local officials that pooled their resources to face the logistical challenge of providing for so many people so quickly and create places like the one at the expo center.

For now, they need shelter, food and somewhere to sleep after hours or days on the road. The visitors have stayed for a day or two to rest and have a hot meal before moving on. Some 35,000 people have come through the site so far.

We worked with a group of 35 children that were living there and we had an amazing Ukrainian girl that helped us with the language.

March 15, 2022 – We came back to the Warsaw EXPO.

Today we created two different drawings with 32 children and some of their mothers joined the activity too.

March 16, 2022 – We went to an orphanage that is helping refugee mothers and kids. They have around 100 kids per building. We painted with a big part of them (around 45).

March 17, 2022 – We joined the Torwar Hall, a refugee camps in Poland where the visitors stays for a day or two to rest and have a hot meal before moving on. Some 45,000 people have come through the site so far. The organization there is very good and they count with so many volunteers.

After this place, we went to Mazowickie. I was a very surprise because the place is under bad conditions and there are a lot of families like at the Warsaw Expo but worst. In the other hand, the babies and kids has a very warm and confortable place to stay. We went there and we started by drawing all together.

We worked with 45 children between 3 years old to 12.

March 17, 2022 – We came back to Mazowickie. The same kids were waiting for us. We stayed with them the all day. We created with 55 children that day.

More than 1000 hours of experience as a drawing teacher.

The project was born as a way to entertain the children of a friend and «a couple more families», but, a few weeks later, more than 10k children were connecting via streaming to my sessions.

A true act of creativity always sparks another.

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