A four-year-old living alone on the streets.
I cannot begin to imagine a child so young having to fend for himself. A year after finding shelter at an orphanage, he still screams and flails anytime a man tries to come close. It is not hard to connect the dots... what this child experienced on the streets... the picture isn't pretty. It is a picture I wish I could re-paint.
Twice a year, a close friend of mine travels to Guatemala to assist at Casa Bernabé—an orphanage that cares for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. This collection of paintings is drawn from her experiences there. Many layers of story accompany each painting; they are stories that are both heartbreaking and hopeful; they are stories that, I feel, should be shared.
Donated rain boots delight the children in the toddler house. A full week passes without rain before these girls could go in search of the perfect puddle.
Casa Bernabé raises its own pigs and has planted an extensive garden—a viable way to feed 160 children.
The colours in this painting are inspired by sweaters donated to the girls at Casa Bernabé. But, ultimately, Knit Together is about being known and loved—which I also feel are basic necessities.
Lollipop copyright 2011 by Kelly Dycavinu