When you visit Healing Family Foundation it is difficult not to leave with a smile.
For adults living with special needs, life can often be unnecessarily difficult. From finding employment to developing safe and supportive relationships, daily tasks can become burdensome and tedious. But at Healing Family Foundation, a community center and income-generating program for adults living with special needs, such persons can find an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance that is unsurpassed by nearly any place I have ever visited. Within this atmosphere, the community members are able to thrive and grow.
This week we arrived at Healing Family with an odd assortment of ingredients for our workshop: food dye of every color, paper, chopsticks, and, of course, shaving cream.
What could we possibly be creating with such a recipe?
We learned of a technique for paper marbling that used food coloring swirled (with a chopstick) into a layer of shaving cream to create beautiful marbled papers. Working with an element of surprise and with such interesting textures seemed like the perfect fit for our friends at Healing Family.
As the individuals at Healing Family pulled their papers from their shaving cream layers – watching as the once plain sheets transformed into beautiful and deliciously-scented marbled sheets – a smile stretched across each face. Each of those smiles served as a reminder to have appreciation for the simple pleasures – a splash of color, an unexpected surprise, the fresh smell of menthol.
After cleaning up the shaving cream that had billow all across Healing Family Foundation, we worked to transform our papers into greeting cards that could be sold to help earn incomes for their community members and continue to fund the Healing Family program. The students were so proud of their results and we were just happy to soak it all in…
Love from Chiang Mai,