Starting can be a challenge, especially when it’s a start to an end. Today was the last day of the workshop where we experienced yet another gift. Phil took us through an inspiring presentation of his work which showed the development of his talent and contributions to the world of humanitarian photography and portraiture.
He is very generous with his time and encouragement. I sensed that all of us mentors have been nurtured and developed as much as the kids by this workshop. I know I certainly have.
The presentation of the kids’ film was a success. We met our deadline and around 50 villagers turned up at the Salon Municipal to support the kids. Five comedrona’s who have been sent for in a Tuk tuk sat in the front row. I worked the sound system and handed out nuts.
After dinner that night in the restaurant with all the kids I said goodbye to Heremias. I am the youngest of the mentors he is the youngest of the kids, so we bonded quickly. Always smiling he’s like a cheeky little monkey. “Tu bueno hombre.” You’re a good man I tell him in my basic broken Spanish. He tells me and Suzie, one of the other mentors that we are good women. We hug and he scampers home.