With everyone at home, because of school being out, there are plenty of hands that want to make some extra cash working, and there is plenty of work to do. The little black boy, who is a leftover from the art classes a few years back and who once sat unnoticed at the edge of the Peace Garden pond but was transferred to another garden where he played a minor role observing a bronze boy playing guitar, has been moved up to a place of more prominence and now reminds the children every day to meditate and be more mindful of nature.

I sure hope no one is offended because we painted him black… we couldn’t paint him gold because that is a color usually reserved for Monks, or the Buddha. Any other color than black just doesn’t look good.

One of the other projects just finished today is the Recycle room. It sat unpainted for a couple of years only because it wasn’t high on our things-to-do list. Vandy, who is a University student and usually works in Phnom Penh, has not been able to find work yet and so I put him to work painting. One of his projects was to come up with a design for the front of the room, that had something to do with cleanliness or recycling.

He came up with a drawing that immediately caught my attention and so I told him to go ahead and do it.

It took him a couple of weeks to complete because of the intermittent rain showers. but he finally got it done this afternoon and I am quite pleased with the results.

We are working on other projects as well that we have been putting off doing until a rainy day, and it is raining… but we have to wait until the Sun comes out to do the work.

Thanks for checking in on us. I will be keeping you posted as work progresses.


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