A 15-year-old White Plains High School student recently took part in “One Million Bones,” a massive art project that covered the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with handmade bones in an effort to draw attention to genocide.
Raina Kadavil, who just finished her sophomore year, got involved in the project through the high school’s Global Ambassadors program in conjunction with the White Plains Youth Bureau After School Program.
Each bone was created to honor those who lost their lives in armed conflicts, particularly in the Sudan, Somalia, Burma and the Congo, along with those still fighting to survive. The project raised $500,000 to fund CARE programs in Somalia and the Congo.
“It was amazing to see how the 200 bones I sent in as part of the project had grown into this vast international union,” Kadavil said.
The project, which began three years ago, included handmade bones from every state and 31 countries across the world. It took three hours for more than 1,000 volunteers to lay the bones over the mall.
Raina Kadavil and her father, James Kadavil, lay handmade bones on the National Mall
“The experience was truly life changing,” Kadavil said. ” It was a union of peacemakers from all over the world.”