Kids like painting, and they like coloured pencils. Normally they don’t think twice and take the colour they find to paint the tones of the human skins on their papers.
A yellow colour, a light rose? Or a deeper skin-coloured tone? Well, yes. But to really strike the individual colour of a skin is even more difficult. A couple of years ago, my daughter discovered a set of skin-coloured pencils made by Depesche, a German company which created “Topmodel” products, a hit for a lot of German girls aged 7 to 9. Not for me, I admit. But well, this was not about me. Nevertheless I liked those 12 “Skin and Hair Colours”. A good idea for kids, ahem, girls who like to paint real humans. (The catch is, as often, that boys neither find nor use these crayons and have to be more inventive instead. But that’s a different topic.)
Now there are neutral colours for all, put into a context they are perfect for, integration. Berlin’s non-profit Go Volunteer association offers 12 coloured pencils and 8 crayons, made by Staedtler, that shall represent the skintones of Germany, “Hautfarben” Deutschlands. “Finally all kids can paint their friends the way they really look like: colourful – different!” The proceedings of the sale go completely to Go Volunteer and their work. Since 2016 the association Go Volunteer links persons who want to help with projects and initiatives where their help is needed. More than 1,000 relief and integration projects have been realized, be it childhood care, workforce integration projects or sports and leisure activities with refugees.