Tuesday, April 8, 2008


"The Laundress"

ACEO Original Colored Pencil Drawing

2.5 x 3.5"


The ACEO drawing today is, as promised, a reference, tribute and fund-raiser for the orphanage to be named K'illallaray in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Fifty percent of the selling price of this ACEO will be donated directly to the project.

Today, I thought I'd share a few of my photos from the trip (I took over 1700!).

K'illallaray in progess. A view, which, here in the U.S., which would be worth millions.

You can see the "laundress" in one of these photos. The water is a direct run-off from the mountains in the distance.
We did work pretty hard helping to clear an area for a small playground behind the building, moving an abundance of rocks from there to inside the building to be used as a sub-floor. We moved ton of these rocks! But, it was so cool to use what was right there as part of the building; can't imagine doing this for a new-build here.
Some of the local girls hang out with us, laughing at our attempts to speak to them. Connie, our leader, is bi-lingual, but the rest of us have limited abilities with Spanish. The girls think we are hilarious and just a touch stupid!

Lunch is brought to us at the work-site while we wash up in buckets of water brought up from the stream. Flora, one of the founders of the orphanage project and a fair trade advocate in Cochabamba, had prepared chorizo which she made into sandwiches for us while we watched, adding peppers, onions and avacado. She made sure the local kids had their share, too.

We take our few tools to one of the local houses to store for the night. And, yes, the sky really is that blue.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Thank you for being a part of the Bolivia mission Rhonda! I can't have enough words saying what emotions your blog has made me feel! You are an incredible artist, individual and an inspiration!