In Cambrai, in the North, a nine-year-old boy by the name of Arthur is known for his artistic but also human sensitivity. Indeed, he makes drawings that he exhibits and sells to help the homeless in his town.
“It started with canvases for fifty cents or a euro.” explains Arthur Soufflet, in front of our colleagues from the Nouvel Obs who did a report on him. Today, his drawings are worth between 50 and 200 euros and all the money collected is used to buy food or basic necessities to face the cold like gloves or blankets.
Being an altruistic artist at this age? It was Arthur’s whole will to do so that was triggered when he was only four years old, when he discovered the existence of the homeless, as his mother Peggy explains: “He was upset. He kept asking why, how could France, the President, leave these people in such a situation?”.
From then on, his parents give him the idea that he can help them by doing something that loves him: “We thought he’d forgotten. And then one day, he came proudly into the kitchen and said, “I know! I like paint, I’m going to sell my paintings to buy a big house for the homeless. We were stunned.”.
Thus, Arthur produced many works, oil or acrylic paintings, and then exhibited them. At first, he exhibited in his parents’ garden. Last year, he exhibited in a media library in Cambrai or in a church. As time went by, Arthur became a young artist with a big heart who counts for a good cause.
His family helps him with the logistical side of the process, especially with the movement and storage of food and Arthur himself goes out into the streets to distribute food and clothing to the homeless: “People on the street, I can’t tolerate that, so I’d rather help them than sit here and do nothing.” he confides.
“I’m very happy to help people who just need it. Also, I’m very happy when I see other people helping them.” explains Arthur. To raise funds, he also appeals to associations or organizes collections during events. For example, he has been able to open an account at a bakery in the city where he can pick up food to distribute after his football training sessions.
This Friday, December 28th, Arthur will exhibit his new works in Douai, which will allow him to raise money again and continue his distribution to the homeless on the streets.