Lenir Witzke, always engaged in social causes, coordinates since July 2009 workshops for painting on canvas at the Cededicai - Centro de Defesa da Criança e do Adolescente (Center for Defense of Children and Adolescents) in Ijuí.
The Cededicai is a non-profit non-governmental organization whose mission is to serve children and adolescents in social vulnerability and/or in law conflicts, through educational workshops.
Currently the project "Cri-Ação Gepeto" is under development, supported by Petrobrás/Fia, for 63 adolescents between 12 and 18 years old.
Lenir says that art is the key component for the formation of an individual. Familiarizing adolescents in social vulnerability means to give them the opportunity to expand their creative capabilities and their training far beyond the formal education. It also means to give them the opportunity to search in themselves, to find and develop a universe of significant images of their own conflicts.
"Painting what we see in front of us is different than painting what we see inside of us."
Dra Nise da Silveira - 1981