Children who have lost their freedom to draw
Today's online art class for Myanmar orphanage children is the last class of 6 sections. Since this is the last class, I prepared a drawing class with a project called 'Wish List' with the hope that the children will live without losing hope.
This project is to have children draw a simple gift box, and when they open the gift box, they see a wish list they want inside. It's a very simple game where anyone can get the wish box they want with just a piece of paper and crayons.
But even this simple class was not allowed to Myanmar children today. The director of the orphanage informed us that they cannot attend classes with the lights on today. It is said that the control of the military is getting worse, so they have to take classes with the lights off. And the surveillance of the military, there were three children who came to class today. In a word, these three are brave children who risked everything for art class. The director asked if it would be okay if there were three people. After answering, of course, that it was enough, I proceeded with the class.
It has become a wish list class for 3 brave children who love art. I hope this class will give them real hope. And I think their love of art has already been rewarded. The children are well aware of how difficult and painful their situation is, but they do not lose their smiles. Their lovely bright smiles shone like candles in a dark room. Rather, this bright light comforted me.
A new class session starts in June. I hope that the monitoring of military units will be eased so that they can enjoy classes again. This is one of my biggest wish lists.
Myungja Anna Koh