We are extremely grateful for the warm attention we received at the double opening of Aurora’s Sweet Salone project and Sense of Place photo exhibition, marking the 10th anniversary of the Foundation. As a part of Aurora’s Sweet Salone project, design studios KronKron and AsWeGrow collaborated with craftspeople in Sierra Leone, in creating collections of clothes, toys and accessories.
At the opening, the KronKron showroom was packed to the door, and the products very well received by all guests and visitors. The cooperation between us, the Icelandic designers and Sierra Leonean artisans, has exceeded our greatest expectations. We look forward to new products being developed, resulting in more jobs being created in Sierra Leone, and closer ties knit between the two countries Aurora operates in; Sierra Leone and Iceland.
The Sweet Salone products will continue to be for sale in the KronKron boutique at Laugavegur 63B. For further information about the project and items, please contact Aurora Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora finished yet another successful free ICT course in Freetown, Sierra Leone now in November. This was our third free ICT course aimed at supporting young Sierra Leoneans in improving their ICT skills (Information, Communication, and Technology). This followed successful two other ICT projects rolled out in 2016.
The project was done in cooperation with SAMSKIP as before but we also had some new partners. Islandsbanki, one of the main Banks in Iceland donated 70 computers to this project. In addition, two staff of Islandsbanki traveled to Sierra Leone and participated in the delivering of the course. In Sierra Leone, we also had some new partners Revolutum, who worked on this project with us every step of the way and PCL International who supported us with a fantastic teacher.
There were well over 300 applicants for the training but only 70 seats available for this week-long course. Aurora is extremely proud the have been able to provide this third free training course with its partners and hopes to be able to do more in the future as the demand for space was overwhelming.
The students were both beginners and those who had some experience working with computers. As before they were taught how to use Microsoft Applications and how to use the internet in the best and most sensible way.
The participants completed the week-long course with a presentation showcasing their newly acquired skills. At the graduation ceremony all students received a Certificate and Due to the generosity of our partner Islandsbanki, each participant was allowed to take home a computer in order to continue improving their IT skills. There was a lot of cheering when this amazing surprise was announced!
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Aurora Foundation we invite you to the opening of SWEET SALONE, Wednesday 15th November at 6:00PM in KronKron Laugavegur 63 (entrance is from Vitastigur).
We will be celebrating a colorful collaboration between two Icelandic design labels, Kron by KronKron and As We Grow, with local crafts people in Sierra Leone.
We wholeheartedly believe that through sharing ideas, working together and learning from one another we can make a profound impact and improve lives.
An exhibition of photographs, Sense of place, by Birta Ólafsdóttir will open at the same time. The photographs depict the atmosphere of various workspaces of Aurora’s collaborators in Sierra Leone in a compelling way.
In these photographs she chose moments of tranquillity to communicate the action. One perceives the time before and after the photograph is taken. While no one is there we feel the presence of the people who work here and the aura they leave behind. The atmosphere is the subject of these photographs, an abstract phenomenon that exists in endless variations and reveals everything without a single word.
The exhibition will be open until 15th January 2018.