Generating Beauty: New beginnings at the ends of the earth


Stories of hope in international development

Guided Tours:
Friday: 7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am / 12pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:15pm
Sunday: 10:15am / 12:00 pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:45pm / 6:45 pm/ 8:00pm

Presentation on Friday, January 15, at 8:15 pm, 4th floor conference room, with Joakim KOECH, Principal, Card. Otunga High School, Nairobi, Kenya, and Abby HOLTZ, High School Teacher in Maryland. To download the invitation, click here: Generating Beauty: New beginnings at the ends of the earth

In this exhibit, three case studies illustrate the lasting impact that the AVSI Foundation and its unique method have had on the lives of people living in poverty and marginalization around the world. From Ecuador to Kenya to Brazil, the Exhibit opens up windows into the pockets of beauty and new life which have been generated where AVSI and its partners have been present. Faced with the expansive suffering and inequalities that exist in the world, many times we fall into either indifference or idealism. AVSI Foundation presents this exhibit to tell the story of people so certain that reality is positive that they have gone to the ends of the earth to affirm this conviction. 

Whether in the area of community support for women and children, in responding to malnutrition or in addressing the need for quality education, the exhibit portrays how AVSI’s method of accompanying people along the path of life does in fact bear lasting fruit. It is a method which prioritizes relationships, freedom and the infinite dignity of all human persons. 

“If poverty has an antidote, it may well be beauty. Beauty in its deepest truest sense: the echo of, or residue of, or nostalgia for some greatness in ourselves that we have forgotten,” writes journalist John Waters in his introduction to the exhibit which he curated on behalf of AVSI Foundation. 

The stories of real people whose lives have been radically changed persuade us that true human development arises from a truly human gaze, as if by contagion, person to person, dignity sparking dignity. And that generates an infectious beauty in the world.