Today's workshop revolved around music and enhancing the kids' physical activity through the use of music instruments. I worked with Boonrot, an amazing child who loves drums and singing. We had made Boonrot a drum he could paint on so he would make a sound while painting, which he absolutely loved! Together with Anika, we started singing with him and he even got to play the tambourine. The garden at Hope Home was filled with different sounds coming from different instruments, together with the sounds of laughter. Not only the kids enjoyed the workshop, so did our volunteers.
Aimee and Brittany were running around with Namchok: he had been playing so much with them that, when the time came to eat his lunch, he fell asleep with food still in his mouth! Joy tapped her own face on camera, which made her light up her eyes, whereas Phil was busy swirling around pois - a traditional Australian instrument made by Denise, one of ARI's kiwi volunteers - with his feet. It was amazing to see how much joy such simple things can bring to them.
Today's workshop was tough and heartwarming at the same time. Knowing that these kids are treated differently within Thai society and yet seeing how loving they are is difficult. For me, a person who is not used to being around children with disabilities, it was so heartwarming to see how much joy our workshop brought to them. I am excited to go next week, while in the meantime helping other groups with our art projects!
Sending my love around the world,