THE SIMPLE LIVING COMMITTEE
Following her first Simple Living campaign, Plesner founded The Simple Living Committee (Originally named The Nadia Plesner Foundation) in 2008.
By using contemporary art as a platform, the non profit organization raises awareness and funds for various causes. With the help from wonderful volunteers, the organization initiates different activities which includes e.g. the shipping of medical aid and school furniture to destinations like Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Syria.
EXAMPLES OF INITIATIVES BY THE SIMPLE LIVING COMMITTEE
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR DARFUR
Following the Simple Living campaign in 2007 Plesner started collecting Danish medical equipment and shipping it to developing countries. The first shipment went to the Darfur region in Sudan. The shipment included hospital beds, baby beds, operation equipment, operation tables, crutches, wheel chairs and more.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR UGANDA
In 2009 we shipped a container with emdical equipment to Uganda. The main goal was to help maternity clinics by providing beds, pillows and blankets for the women giving birth. The equipment was distributed to 15 different health clinics: Mushanga HC, Kyeibanga Maternity Ward, Nyamabare HC, Rukondo HC, Kibingo Girls School Sick Bay, Nyabwiina HC, Ryakasinga Sick Bay, Kashozi HC, Kabushaho HC, Nyabubare HC, Laura HC, Bushenyi HC, Iraramira HC, Kiyanga HC and Rubengye HC.
SOLAR COOKERS FOR REFUGEE CAMPS IN CHAD
Due to the conflict in Darfur, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to refugee camps in the neighbouring country Chad. Here the women face the risk of rape each time they leave the camps to collect firewood. In order to try and protect these women, the organization Tchad Solaire is distributing solar cookers in the camps. With the solar cookers the women can cook food for their families without using firewood and thereby stay in the relative safety of the camps. The SL Committee is collaborating with Tchad Solaire to support this project. So far the cookers have been distributed in 6 out of 14 camps.
DECORATION OF CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
In June 2013 Plesner finished a 9 month project at one of the children's departments at the Danish hospital Rigshospitalet. The department is for children with chronical colon or kidney diseases. Oroginally the department had no decorations and was very dark. The idea was to open it up visually by painting a colorful mural for the children. Plesner propsed Alice in Wonderland or Ocean theme and the kids voted for the Ocean theme. They each wished for a specific fish or character and Plesner painted accordingly. The finished mural was introduced on June 7, 2013.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR YEMEN
In June 2013 we shipped a container with medical equipment for the Maheri region in Yemen. The health care system in the Maheri region is not well developed and is estimated to reach just over 30% of the population. A high fertility rate (6.2 children per woman), closely spaced pregnancies, and early age of marriage and first birth creates health problems for both women and their children. The proportion of deliveries attended by trained personnel is only 15%, and maternal mortality is very high. A major challenge in Yemen, and particularly in Maheri is to accelerate the rate of improvement in health. My contact told me, that the donated equipment will improve the provision of health, expansion of mobile teams to remote and underserved areas and will help reach more people with reproductive and child health services and provide much-needed support to small and poorly staffed clinics. They were especially happy with the ultrasound machine, as it is the first one in the clinic. The ultrasound is kindly donated by Randers Ulandsvaerksted.
SCHOOL EQUIPMENT FOR THE HANANASIF ORPHANAGE IN TANZANIA
In 2010 we shipped a container with school equipment for the Hananasif orphanage (HOCET) in Tanzania. The furniture was donated by a Danish elementary school in Ballerup and consisted of 200 chairs, 100 tables and several book cases. The shipment fully furnished HOCET. The Danish bag company JEVA decided to support the project by donating 100 new school bags - one for each student. Canon also supported us by donating two large copy machines, which made the daily work much easier for the teachers at HOCET as well as making it possible for the school to set up a small printing business.
After receiving the container, HOCET made this small video:
COLLABORATION BETWEEN HERNING HIGH SCHOOL, THE HANANASIF ORPHANAGE AND THE SL COMMITTEE
Following the shipment of the school equipment, we decided to expand the project and to support HOCET in future projects. Soon after this decision was made, we received unexpected support from Herning high school in Denmark as they wanted to get involved.
In 2010 Herning high school bought Plesner's painting Darfurnica and they are now using it for teaching. Plesner has now started a close collaboration with the high school to get the students involved in The Simple Living Committee. The 1500 students will work to help raise money to build a new school for the Hananasif orphanage in Tanzania. We have also set up different side projects like supporting HOCET in becoming self sustainable and become fully equipped with books and teaching material. The Danish students have come up with a long list of fantastic initiatives and the project officially starts on November 4, 2013.
During the project, the Danish students will have close contact with the Tanzanian students at HOCET.
We are so grateful for this amazing support and look forward to getting started!