The promise to Chan
I had a vague sense of this when I arrived at the Hope International Banquet last night to do a live painting of Chan, but I didn't know the full story, nor did I have a full appreciation of the heart of how this family's lives were fundamentally changed because an NGO made, and kept, a promise.
The organizer was very clear with her expectations. I would need to be substantially done the piece by the time we killed the lights in the room to watch the 25-minute documentary called "A Promise To Chan", which will be available on Vimeo in a couple of weeks.
"No problem," I said as I grabbed my gear and got set up right away. I started painting by about 6 pm; people started streaming in by 6:30 pm, and the film was screened just before 9 pm.
As I picked up my brush and made some final adjustments, the painting suddenly took on a whole new meaning. It was like this remarkably resilient mother in rural Cambodia came to life in front of my eyes.
The painting raised $850 last night and was purchased by Justin Mywaart. It was a lovely way to spend an evening.