The GSGC invited six girls (aged 11-13) for a special art class with Agnes Yombwe. Agnes, prominent artist, inspiring mentor and our GSGC liaison in Livingstone, provided them with an afternoon of art lessons as well as life lessons thrown in!We believe one of the ways to support orphaned and vulnerable children is to expose them to new and meaningful experiences that will hopefully impact their thinking and dreaming of a better future. Time with Agnes not only helped them experience and tap into their creative side, it also let them spend time with a woman who truly inspires them, helps them see their worth and motivates them to work hard. It was a joy for me to be a part of this memorable event.
I observed girls with abilities and talents and such potential just needing the support and encouragement to shine. During a break while having snacks and free time, the girls gathered around a play structure freely laughing and taking time for carefree play, reminding us how important this time was as well.
The painting and beading experience came to an end all too soon and the girls piled into their transport with their masterpieces in hand. Smiles all around and who knows, there may be a budding artist emerging soon…..or a belief that this new challenge was fun and a ‘look what I can do attitude’!
I feel so fortunate to be a part of this Circle and experience first -hand the benefit of how a small act can have such a positive the impact on all of us. -Paige Hasson