Posts tagged art therapy
Emotional Healing with Art Therapy
There are three young patients and two adults in the sunlit art therapy room nestled across from the main ward of CURE Niger. It’s a typical Monday afternoon, and Georgiana has just given the patients their prompt. “Imagine you are a bird and can fly anywhere – now, draw what you see.” Salamatou, a member […]
Happy Easter from CURE Niger!
This week, our spiritual director has been telling the story of Easter during our morning devotion time. Each day, she has added a piece to the story, which has been great because she’s such a good story teller and the kids (and mothers) have been listening attentively all week, leaning in towards the end of each meeting […]
Three Magi in Niger
Believe it or not, sometimes it is hard to find a cast to decorate at the hospital.
Sometimes we have a lot of patients at once who don’t need to wear a cast and instead sport gauze wraps or bandages or slings or braces. We always try to adorn whatever we find, but there is no denying that plaster casts are the best material to work with. The kids feel the same way—sometimes they are disappointed if they do not get a cast put on, and they are always excited to come to the art therapy room when they have a leg or arm that is newly casted.
She wanted to cover her whole cast with glitter. Honestly, I wasn’t sure it would work that well. I imagined glitter going everywhere and getting on everything except her cast (which glitter is kind of notorious for), but I knew that we should try her idea no matter what. We doused her cast in glue (which did go everywhere and got on everything) and then poured glitter over her entire cast. The results were immediate and stunning. It seriously almost took our breath away.
Her first painted cast
These kids are worth the effort, and they are worth pursuing. Every kid, whether they show it or not, wants to be loved and cared for. And often, the ones who act like they want it the least, want it more than anyone else.
Sharing God’s love at CURE Niger
Photos from my visit to CURE Niger earlier this year. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16 Singing “Deep and Wide” with kids in the Art Therapy Room. It was very lively and helped me push through so sleepiness from jetlag. […]
Animal casts: Unique casts for special kids
These kids feel singled out and cursed – a lie that society wants them to believe. But when they’re surrounded by others who are going through the same thing, they no longer feel alone. In fact, they feel special. Who else gets to walk around with awesome animals casts?
Hamsatou was born with clubfoot. She spent several months with us at the hospital while she was being treated. We all missed her so much when she left. She has such a great (and serious) personality. We always counted it a victory if we managed to get her to laugh or smile. It’s not because she’s an unhappy child, she’s just extremely laid back and confident as well.
Aramatou was so excited to see her work laid out in that way; it was visually striking. She kept saying, “I can’t believe I did all this.” It was a powerful image, not just of the fact that she made some pretty pictures, but of all she has accomplished. She has changed, grown, and blossomed, just like the flowers that she loves to draw.
What Christ-like and child-like look like
Dr. Stefano didn’t spend that much time in the art therapy room. Maybe a total of 20 minutes. But it meant so much to the children. Where else do doctors get down on the floor to play and draw with their patients? That is what I love about CURE, and what I love about the people I get to work with.
1 - 10 of 29Next