The smell of death is in the air,
Entire villages collapse and disappear,
People starving for a seed of hope,
Ready to climb the uphill slope,
Destruction, creation, one puddle,
Colors of love spill over the rubble.
This mural was painted on a school that had half of its roof ripped off in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, as a beacon of hope on a school that will be rebuilt with your help and love, a seed of creation amidst the sea of destruction. The symbolism and color inspired healing tears shed from the eyes of locals and service workers alike. The girl on the upper left of the mural was named Faeth. She and her mother lost their lives in the storm. The local flowers honor them and so many more. The boy on the upper right is named Viscent and is three years old living currently on a trash fill that was their village less than a month ago. The resilient and self empowered eyes of the next generation demonstrate the courage to transform a curse into an opportunity. The dolphin represents a friend and hope swimming through the chaos, calming the heart. A functioning school will inspire displaced families to return home. Photos by @c.ortecho - Christopher Ortecho
Mural by @BenjaminSwatez - The Goodness Tour, Love & Life Foundation and Abaco Rescue Fund
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