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FINE TRIBAL GALLERY - Tribal Art with a difference


Fine Tribal Gallery offers the most authentic and original tribally used masks and carvings from the remotest of villages throughout West Africa. We are experienced Tribal Art collectors with eclectic personal collections spanning decades. Our extensive network covers countries from Mali to the Congo and consists of prominent villagers, local chiefs and other collectors. Thus, we are in an ideal position to offer the highest quality authentic tribal antiques to suit both the occasional buyer and the most discerning of collectors. Our aim is to help support orphaned children in particular, and struggling villages in West Africa - through the sale of their amazing tribal Art.

We work with a network of wonderful Chiefs across Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Liberia, Mali and Burkina Faso. They help us identify where we can be most useful, but also source most of the superb tribal antiques we sell...

We work alongside and support 2 amazing charities - 'WaterAid' and 'SOS Children's villages'.

In 2011 to 2013 we worked a lot with WaterAid and SOS in Mali helping to bring food, supplies and clean water to many desperate villages as well as medicines for dehydration, diarrhea and dysentery. In Mali, even now, about 15,000 children die each year from diseases caused by 'drinking' unclean water!!

From 2013 our access to the refugee camps in Mali was severely limited by the war, and our focus moved back to
nearby Cote D'Ivoire which we all love and which has been suffering from civil war and rebel activity for a long time. Most of our tribal art comes from Cote D'Ivoire (formerly 'Ivory Coast') and neighbouring Liberia. We help fund and run a large orphanage and several remote villages (see pictures). These villages near the Liberian border in 'Moyen Cavally' have been inundated with refugees fleeing the fighting and resources are close to non existent due to the breakdown of facilities due to rebel activity and the unstable political situation. WaterAid and SOS cannot help much in these areas as it is a virtual war zone.

Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia pose much less of a humanitarian aid crisis area than Mali, Syria or even Central Africa now - in fact only between 1000 to 2000 children die from water diseases each year. The children do however suffer much higher risks of death from Malaria and Yellow Fever for example, and orphaned boys are often forced to join rebel forces. Orphaned girls as young as my 11 year old daughter, if not looked after, are forced into marriage and motherhood or worse...

We are a small band of collectors 'trying to do our little bit' (as Michaela would say). The problems in Africa are way too big for us to handle. We can however make the difference between life and death to hundreds of amazing children, who as a wise Chief always reminds me 'are the future'!

Steve


See images below of some of our projects and orphanage or click on this link to see more - Our Charitable Projects