Yesterday, we continued on the wall with much more progress than the first day. The wall is beginning to give the first impressions of how it will look and feel when it is finished! You can start to see the light glow through the bottles. The green and red ones are especially beautiful. So if anyone has any extra green and red bottles sitting around, please bring them!
The bottle wall construction has begun! We spent the first day dancing in the mud and then began the bottle-laying process! Everything has gotten off to a great start. The mothers of Wildflower already had some experience with mud-building, so it was a great help.
If you'd like to help, we're still looking for volunteers for anyone who is interested! It's a great cross-cultural experience, not to mention a change to play with mud and learn how to build in one of the most eco-friendly ways. It's amazing how cool a mud house stays in the hot summer months.
If you're interested, please contact Wad at firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning was spent painting with Nong Mai, Nong Somsak, and Nong Wichai--three boys under the care of Piranan. Amp, one of our staff members, set up a workshop for them to create an "I love you" card for Piranan. We thought it would be nice to do a project that could be a gift to her, for all her hard work, dedication, and love.
This was my first time to the home, and I have to admit I was a little nervous about working with the kids. I'm an artist, so I'm comfortable with painting, and I love kids but I had never worked with kids with disabilities, not to mention kids that don't speak the same language as me or are just now learning a language.
Minutes after meeting the boys, however, I managed to ease my qualms. They were not "children with CP" but palpable people, with as strong a character as any healthy human being. My ignorance had convinced me that I wouldn't be able to "feel" them, but once I did, my mind was changed and they became my friends, people I cared for.
Nong Wichai and I worked together on our part of the card. We had a great time swirling colors around, mixing them, and just drawing and painting. He was a little distracted at times, always curious about what the others were up to, but overall he enjoyed the time we spent together.
Later, we went for a stroll around the neighborhood and got some sun before lunchtime approached. Wad and I helped Nong Wichai and Nong Mai with lunch, and then finished the workshop by piecing together the card.
The short amount of time I spent with them helped me to understand the stigma that children with cerebral palsy suffer. While the reasons that Thais feel negative stigmas towards children with cerebral palsy are different, my own qualms were essentially formed from the same source--ignorance. Hopefully, we can continue to educate people about cerebral palsy and other sicknesses so that boys like Nong Wichai, Nong Somsak, and Nong Mai don't fall prey to ignorance, but rather the love and care that people like Piranan provide.
Kiera here again, just did my last official workshop yesterday. Canvas Art Program has been asked to create workshops based on sustainable craft for Wild Flower, a home for single mothers in Chiang Mai. I’ve had the pleasure of introducing Paper Recycling; the whole CAP team went out to join in with the workshop. The women at Wild Flower took to the workshop with creativity and fair; the results are very exciting.
The main Facilitator of the workshop was Amp, CCT’s Art director, and I could not have put my work shop in better hands. Amp had so much fun and she didn’t miss a thing. I’m not sad that I’m finishing up here at CCT working on therapeutic art projects; I’m excited that I am heading home; soon to begin workshops in Oz. I’m very grateful that I’ve had this opportunity and hope to return some time in the future, this program is fantastic and I’m already recommending it to my artist friends in Australia.