Photographer Sue Thomson with Home, Corporate, & Church Based Art plus Poetry and Christian Perspectives
In July, 2014, My daughter, Katie, volunteered to help in Kibera, Kenya, the largest African slum, which borders the city of Nairobi. In Kibera, she taught in an under-equipped school that serves sixty orphans and ninety more students who have only one living parent. The school was a building of patchwork of scrap metal, a dirt floor and lacked electricity and running water. They were in the process of building a new school, but they had to stop and start as funds became available. On my previous post of March 7th, I talked about Katie’s photographic exhibition at Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL. The very last part of the exhibition is where we will start today!
A group of area artists, along with students of South Middle School, and members of two churches, put together 150 books which had drawings, stories, and educational materials in each book. The project was called “To Kibera With Love” and was headed up by Sue Thomson. The pages were laminated to protect them from the elements and they were bound. Each book was different and the children loved them! They have never had a book to call their own.
In the exhibit we had one or two pictures of the kids receiving the books, but lets step back in time a bit! I have been a teaching assistant in Arlington Heights for 20 years, so I decided to create several versions of a book that included the alphabet, labeled theme pictures, counting to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and tens, days of the week, months in a year, today, tomorrow, and yesterday, counting items up to 12, a picture of planet Earth, a map of the World, a map of Africa, and a page about Jesus that was added at the very end of production!
Then there were the artists…
…and some of their beautiful artwork!
My daughter, Katie, was teaching in Taiwan at the time, so we blessed the books in church, at Trinity Lutheran in Rolling Meadows, and then sent the books over to her, so she could bring them in her luggage when she went to Kibera!
The children were overjoyed and there were so many involved with this very special ministry!
As I said in a previous post, Katie was a drop of water which fell into a pond but whose ripples have touched so many lives around her, both here in the states, as well as in Kibera! There are many more thing to share, so please keep checking back! It is amazing how God has brought us all together! I hope you will continue to join us on this beautiful journey called To Kibera With Love!”