Paul and I decided to spend 6 months in Thailand to help the Baan Unrak Children’s Home in any way that we could. Since October, we’ve been involved in lots of different projects and tasks here (with varying success) like relief work, sponsorships, fundraising, communications, IT, video-making, teaching, social media, art projects, supervising, etc. But planning and teaching our own Teen Art-Photography Class has really been what makes my heart sing (besides making the little ones giggle, of course). When you’re passionate about something, its such an amazing feeling to be able to share that joy.
After receiving enough used cameras and supplies from several generous sponsors a month ago (thank you, again!), we started the class. We will be teaching it for two more months before we need to leave. The group of 12 students meets twice a week. During the week we meet for an hour and a half for a lesson in the library, and on Sundays we go out for a three or four hours on field trips in the area. The students have trance-like concentration and their faces often light up so beautifully with joy and pride throughout our sessions.
Below are some photos I took of the teens during our past couple of field trips, but what you should really see is their own stunning work on the Baan Unrak facebook page. We have also started an etsy page for them to sell their very best art prints, profits going directly to funds for the young photographers. We hope that you enjoy their work and that you will help spread the word about their etsy shop. Love and peace!