Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Creativity Abounds - Wood Carving

Wood Carving Pieces at Safe Haven Lined Up for Sale

One special memory I have from my trip to Cambodian Hope Organization's Safe Haven, is my time with the wood carvers in their shop. I had two visits to the wood carving shop. One older gentleman I met there seemed to be the "master" carver, and he made certain I enjoyed my visit. About half my size, he was always looking up at me, grinning happily from ear to ear, each time I visited. As I looked at the various works, he couldn't have beamed more. He was so proud of his artisans and their work.

He also made certain I met the artisans who carved the pieces I decided to purchase. Grabbing a pencil or marker that seemed to write in a silver color, he would quickly write the name of the boy who had done any piece I picked up. If he could run and find the boy, he would. One boy, who I have a photo with, was happy, yet shy, to show his work to me. (As you may remember, these children are rescued from very difficult circumstances; I have protected him by not showing his face.)

One of the Special Safe Haven Artisans

Wood carving is one of many creative endeavor's in Cambodia and at Safe Haven. How nice to see it being experienced and enjoyed by these very special children! I really like the flowers they carve.

The master woodcarver was so happy and pleased by my visit and my purchases (all 5 -15 dollars) that he "threw in" a little wood carving that is a cross with flowers. It is actually my favorite piece. Creativity abounds, and is a part of the healing, at Safe Haven.

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed; rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
PSALM 82:3-4


  1. How great to see all the creative work they are doing! Where are they selling them?

  2. At the moment, I imagine there is a plan or hope to sell them at the almost completed Hope Transformation Center in Poipet. CHO is opening the center November 2nd. I wish I could be there.