In January of 2013 Blood Foundation had the privelage of inviting Ralph Kiggell and Jacqueline Gribbin, reknown artists in the printmaking field, to Fang.
Ralph, an art professor in Bangkok, and Jacqueline, a printer in Australia, are friends who decided to use their expertise in making woodblock prints to better the lives of the children attending Blood Foundation schools.
The idea came from Jacqueline's experience in Australia, where printmaking is used as a way to empower Aboriginal peoples by allowing them to express the rich beauty of their culture into woodblock prints. The prints are then sold and the proceeds support the Aboriginal artists.
Ralph and Jacqueline hoped to accomplish the same in Fang.
The next stage was kindly facilitated by the H Gallery in Chiang Mai, which agreed to display the children's art for free for a period of two months. All proceeds of the print sales proceeded to fund the childrens' educations, including the Daylight School children, for whom Blood Foundation had set up a scholarship fund to help them in their transition to government school.
Mr. H, the gallery, outdone his kindness when in April he invited all of the students and their teachers to come down to Chaing Mai and celebrate their success as young artists. H sponsored the transportation and catering, and was very kind and enthusiastic as the children arrived to what was no doubt the first real art gallery they had ever seen.
Blood Foundation is very grateful to Mr. Kiggell and Ms. Gribbin, as well as to Mr. H. Working in an NGO, we rely on the love and kindness in strangers' hearts to help us along our goal, and all three of these individuals showed an exception depth and willingness to help that not only leaves a lasting legacy for the children, but formed new friendships between would be strangers that will continue to make a difference as we work for the good of the children.