Here is today’s update from Laurel True as she and her assistant Erin Rogers finish their work in Jacmel, Haiti with the Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC). See Tuesday’s MAN blog post for background and enjoy — Nancie
Day 8, Jacmel HaitiWe’ve finished completely and with lots of hard work and pride and are ready to offer the mural to the City of Jacmel tonight at a dedication celebration!
A Haitian band will play and all the kids are coming. I’m sure the fête will draw a crowd.
Finishing the mural today, though, was hard work!
We grouted with sand from the river which the kids sifted in a large sieve then mixed with cement.
Georges took me to a large hardware store in Jacmel jammed with people buying building materials.
We mixed the sand/ cement (3:1) for grout and applied with sponges we brought with us.
Later in the afternoon we went to the FOSAJ Headquarters and gave a mosaic lesson to those guys. They have a wonderful art gallery on the beach.
We’re headed off now to hop on the “Moto” to go meet everyone at the wall!
From later this evening . . .
We had a wonderful celebration tonight. Beyond words. The kids and the ACFFC staff and the community came out for our fête.
The band played wonderful traditional Haitian music and everyone danced! So fun.
I took lots of pics with my camera because the iPhone doesn’t do well in the dark. I’ll send those when I get home.
But here is a beautiful pic of the mural with candles lit on the little shelves we put in. A wonderful idea of Nancy Josephson’s!
We will miss the kids and new friends and wonderful Jacmel.
I so look forward to returning to continue on the mosaic mural project. I hope before end of the summer!
Help Laurel’s work to rebuild and revitalize Jacmel to continue long after she is gone. Consider a gift to the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Haiti. Every dime will go towards feeding, housing, teaching and inspiring children in Jacmel.