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Help for inspiring kids?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5864points) May 29th, 2014

So my friend and I are kind of stuck right now.

We’re going on a mission trip to Guatemala with my Spanish class and my friend thought of a great idea to paint a mural on the orphanage we plan to volunteer at. Her idea was something to inspire the kids and we have a quote we wanted to paint on it, but we’re kind of stuck on what to actually put on the mural. We both think that it’s a great idea to put the founder of the orphanage in the mural, and we wanted to incorporate the kids some how, but also give them the opportunity to look at it and feel inspired. You know what I mean?

I don’t think she wants to put the kids on the mural, but we really want to paint something inspirational for the kids that involves the founder, she’s a woman.

PLEASE anything helps. Ideas?

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Judi's avatar

What is the quote? That might make a difference. Also, is it ok with the orphanage that you paint this mural?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I don’t know Spanish, but what are some inspirational things in the culture? Do you want to touch religion or not?

blueberry_kid's avatar

@Judi Yes, we’ve been approved to do the mural for a few weeks now. We’re not just going to run in there paint on the walls. The quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” All in Spanish of course.

@Adirondackwannabe That’s what we’re having trouble with. Since Antigua is a fairly religious city from what we know of, we though it would be okay to throw some religion in it, but my friend isn’t Catholic, so I don’t think she was considering it. Some inspirational things in the culture…not exactly sure. Here is the website for the orphanage. It talks about what they’re there for and what they do.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Are they into baseball much?

Judi's avatar

I would avoid religion. My daughter did her outreach in Antigua when she was in missionary training. She said it was awful how little trust there was between Catholics and other Christians. They really despise each other.
I would do some history study of brave, strong and smart people from Antigua. Find out who their local heroes are or what their local parables are. I would incorporate the themes of bravery strength and intelligence into your mural.

Crazydawg's avatar

Paint the founder surrounded by flowers that are made from the hand prints of each student.

johnpowell's avatar

Maybe it should be the idea of the the people that will actually be there after you leave. Say that you want to paint a mural and ask what they want it to be of.

rojo's avatar

Incorporate the childrens hand prints into it somehow. There are not too many other ways of saying “I am here, I helped with this”.

Haleth's avatar

Is there any way to get the kids involved with the painting? That would probably mean a lot more to them.

GloPro's avatar

If you are quoting A.A. Milne you need to give him credit on the wall.

blueberry_kid's avatar

I promise to give him credit. And the handprint idea is amazing, I like that. As of sports, @Adirondackwannabe we have to give them a sketch the day before we leave with dimensions, but I don’t know if the travel agency knows much about what the kids do.

I like the idea of adding other town heroes to the painting. Thanks!

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