We have many volunteers who come to Wat Opot for an extended period of time with fun creative ideas in mind. The problem is that time goes by so quickly while they are here that soon it’s time for them to say goodbye and left behind is a craft project almost finished…it is then put aside until either another volunteer picks up where the previous one left off….or until one of us makes the time to have the kids finish it.
One of the favorites is this paper quilt by Volunteer Lindsay…I think it only took 3 months after Lindsay left to finally get it hung in the boys dorm, BUT it’s been hanging for over 2 years!
Volunteer Paulina’s masks are now strung up and hanging proudly in Chhang’s Café thanks to our Canadian friends, Karin and JP.
Karin also overhauled the Creative Learning Center and the Craft Room and organized to her hearts content; and now the ease of access almost brings Melinda to tears!
Creative Empowerment Project creator, Fiona’s, story booklet project was unearthed in the clean up, which had been put aside for the past 6 months. With paint, brushes and craft materials readily at hand, the booklets were brought out and the children were able to pick up where they had left off.
Per Fiona’s instructions, the first draft was drawn on paper then transferred to pre-cut cardstock and painted.
As always, our kids help each out when an extra set of hands or creative mindset is needed.
Lucy displays Fiona’s finished example, reminding the children not to forget to paint the back!
Although Miss Srey Nith said that Lucy was not always such a good help!
Everyone’s favorite part by far was the laminating! Because the cardstock was thick, it had to be run through the machine many times, which was not a problem at all.
Then cutting to size…
and of course no craft project of Fiona’s would be complete without some beading!
Finally the pieces were all put together and displayed!
With all the un-finished projects finished, we now can get started on some new ideas such as Khmer style large doll houses. We hope volunteer Phil is up for the task!