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Nail Art for a Cause

  1. 1. I accepted an invitation to teach nail art for a cause. Sharing with you my experience. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  2. 2. “I Speak, I Love, I am” is a personal project of Mitch Alvarez, the International Day of the Girl Ambassador of the Asia Pacific Region on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  3. 3. The goal is to empower girls by providing creative and fun outlets for them. On May 18, 2013, Mitch and her friends conducted an outreach program to a shelter for physical/sexually abused street girls. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  4. 4. That day, Mitch and her team promised the girls meaningful conversations, laughter, and perhaps some teary moments. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  5. 5. They allowed me to participate in the activities they prepared for the girls. The first one required them to write down what makes them happy and/or sad being a woman. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  6. 6. The girls immediately went to their personal corners to reflect on their answers.
  7. 7. As we helped them with their spelling and how to express what they wanted to say, I found myself reflecting on my own.
  8. 8. Some of the girls didn’t have any reason why they need to feel sad about being a girl. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  9. 9. Their answers were then posted on a wall to share to everyone. We were all very anxious to read their interesting answers. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  10. 10. Some girls even drew! It was a good sign that they took the activity seriously. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  11. 11. There were reasons I never expected to read. The girls surprised me with some of their answers. I realized life can sometimes force you to grow up beyond your age. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  12. 12. There were reasons I never expected to read. The girls surprised me with some of their answers. I realized life can sometimes force you to grow up beyond your age. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  13. 13. Later, a few girls were asked to share their answers for the entire group to reflect on. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  14. 14. Jen took over the second activity. She discussed the importance of personal hygeine. Each girl received a loot bag containing toiletries and other personal products they need. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  15. 15. Every girl also received a haul containing a bible and a personal letter written by sponsors. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  16. 16. The month of May marks Mitch’s birthday and unlike most, she wanted the outreach program to be a celebration of her special day. Therefore, a cupcake with a candle on it is in order.  Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  17. 17. Happy birthday, Mitch!  Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  18. 18. The third activity was to explore the girls’ creativity. They were divided into 3 groups and were given scraps to dress one member of the group. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  19. 19. It was my turn to lead the last activity for the day. I was invited to teach nail art to the girls. I knew that an hour was not enough, but I had to give my best. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  20. 20. I showed them a few simple nail art designs I’ve done in the past to give the girls some enthusiasm and encouragement. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  21. 21. I believe a hands-on experience will be more fun so I gave each girl her very own nail art kit. It included a nail art brush, dotting tool, nail file, cotton pads, palette, and acrylic paints. It also included a base coat, top coat, and a bottle of nail polish. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  22. 22. All polishes, base and top coats, were generously sponsored by DAZZLE DRY Philippines. Since drying time was not a problem, the girls only had to wait a few minutes to start nail art painting!  Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  23. 23. The girls got really excited and immediately played with the tools when we handed them the kits.
  24. 24. It was a challenge to teach without a video demo so I tried to attend to each girl to assist them when they encounter some problems. Here am I showing a girl how to properly hold a nail art brush ... Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  25. 25. ... and how to handle a dotting tool. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  26. 26. That afternoon, the girls learned how to do the cupcake nail art. Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  27. 27. I think they had lots of fun! Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  28. 28. I wish I had more time with the girls and the proper setup. But I hope they had a good time exploring their creativity through nail art. It was a pleasure to have shared with you the one thing I am most passionate about.  Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  29. 29. Thank you, Mitch for the invitation and for letting me be part of your wonderful project. It’s a first for Simply Rins and it was a pleasure.  Simply Rins 18 May 2013
  30. 30. Simply Rins 18 May 2013 All photos used in this slideshow were taken by my good friend Roz Racca. Thank you very much for helping me document this event.

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