Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Mural design projected on the wall of the community centre
I want for Christmas is…THIS!
paint a mural in the Maya Kaqchikel community of Chimachoy…
a mural painter I’ve visited and worked in many indigenous villages over the
years throughout Central America, so when I
was invited to a graduation in Chimachoy and was insured I’d find it “special”,
I was a bit skeptical. But indeed, Chimachoy IS special! It’s not particularly
beautiful, this small ensemble of cinderblock houses, stores and school
buildings, although the stunning surroundings definitely make up for any
man-made constructions. Located about an hour from Antigua
Guatemala, it feels like it’s floating on top of the world, right
in between the volcanoes that surround Antigua and those of Lake Atitlán.
But even more special are the people. Well organized, dedicated and determined
to get ahead in life. Since a couple of years the community has a high school
with students and parents who work hard and truly understand the significance
of receiving a good education.
new and the pride and joy of the town is the community centre: an ugly
rectangular cinderblock building that looks more like a big barn than anything
else, but nonetheless, it’s the community’s centre…
The community centre in its actual state
that’s where I’d like to come in… I’d love to paint a big and beautiful mural
on the front of this building, something that is truly authentic to the
community and that will give the people even more pride and sense of identity.
talked to some members of the community, including the president of the
citizens committee and they were all very enthused about the idea.
it’s quite a wall and stuccoing, priming, the paint, transportation and an
assistant all cost money, so that’s why I’m making this my Christmas wish. I
figure I need about $750 to make a huge, long-lasting mural on the front of the
building. If I can get more donations, I’ll keep on painting indoors.
if you want to do something different for the holidays, consider making a
donation towards this project! I’d love to bring the community the good news before
Christmas and start painting in January. Any contribution is welcome!
hope you’ll help me turn this so un-Guatemalan grey wall into something as
colourful as the dresses of the women of Chimachoy!
can be made through the fundraising page, Paypal (carinsteen at yahoo.com or through the Paypal button
on this site) or a deposit on my Dutch bank account (email me for details).