Fiona is able to spend around a month at Wat Opotteaching her skills and encouraging the children to find their artistic side. There is no wrong way for the beginners; and the smiles of confidence are evident. The money Fiona raises buys most of the resource materials such as wire and tools. The beads have been donated by another organization Fiona set up called Donate a Bead, which offers a non-monetary way for people to give.
When Fiona arrived this year, she realized that the money making potential of children’s jewelry was one aspect of the project, but as she watched their creativity pour forth through their own creations, another idea arose. Not only could Wat Opot’s jewelry project become self sufficient – the money made going towards the children’s education fund - the inner growth and confidence the kids would experience through their own creative expression was a perfect foundation for art therapy.
After the paint was dry, the room was arranged and supplies were brought out of storage from the previous year as well as the new materials Fiona brought were sorted through.
It didn’t take long before supplies were organized and the room was ready for business.
And quickly thereafter, the children were diving into the beads and stringing them in a frenzy!
Concentration, determination, creativity aside;
IT IS FUN!!!
Mr. Way, could I interrupt your jewelry making for a moment?”
"Would you be so kind as to sum up how the kids feel about the new Arts & Crafts room?”
“Thank you Way, as I understand it, it’s a project well done!”