USING THE ARTS TO END EXTREME POVERTY
WHAT IS PICK A POCKET?
Pick A Pocket's focus is to embody the Gospel wherever we go, serve people trapped in extreme poverty, create art, raise awareness about ways to transform communities and forge new connections between the developed and developing world.
We believe that art has the power to speak deeply to people, bringing healing and revealing integral value. We seek to connect the developed world with the developing world by producing art with the purpose of raising awareness and financial aid. We have two pillars in our ministry. One is being on the field in developing countries, creating and supporting projects that help people escape extreme poverty. The other pillar is mobilization and raising awareness. We encourage others to get involved through exhibitions, concerts, conferences and tours around the world.
WHY THE NAME?
The name “Pick A Pocket” was chosen out of the desire to revolutionize a mindset; from a culture living in a state of what we can get to a culture of giving back. Since the group began their efforts by helping one individual at a time, the focus of the ministry remains to approach poverty in a way of looking at the individual- not just the over all injustice. To pick one person’s pocket to fill with basic needs, hope and value. Pick A Pocket.
HOW IT STARTED
In 2008, a small group of friends gathered together in Scotland for a retreat to take time to hear God and dream of possibilities. Before this, they had been traveling to many developing countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and India, where they witnessed extreme poverty and wanted to do something about it. All of them were passionate about art and challenged to do something greater with it- to build the Kingdom, to help those living in extreme poverty and to start a movement. After a few days of talking in Scotland, they realized they all had similar dreams and callings, so the group decided to combine their efforts and Pick A Pocket was created!
ABOUT THE TEAM
Over the past 9 years, we have had over 75 artists come through Pick a Pocket. Volunteering their time, efforts and art to serve people trapped in extreme poverty. Currently, we have downsized to a smaller team devoted to running our project in India called The Pillalu House. Bellow are some pictures of Pick a Pocket over the past 9 years!