Caroline Cox, October 22, 2012
St. George’s Church in Barcelona has supported the work of Shevet Achim for a number of years. Recently Sally Morton, coordinator of Shevet Achim UK, spoke in a church service here and shared the Shevet Achim calendars. The photos in the calendar beautifully captured the way heart surgeries in Israel bring restoration to young families, and are beacons of hope in difficult situations. Sally put me in touch with the makers of the calendar, and we were delighted to work together to feature Shevet children at a photography exhibition with the theme, Hope.
On Saturday the 29th of September a good number of people braved the torrential rain in Barcelona to enjoy a dry, cozy environment, witnessing visually the many ways people have interpreted hope. We had tea and coffee available for people while chatting about the images. This created a friendly, welcoming environment. Laughter and tears were evidence of how people were moved by the photos, and there was an overwhelming feeling that we can open our eyes even wider to see signs of hope around us. It is a poignant message for a city like Barcelona, where signs of economic crisis are visibly impacting the lives of people.
We will be displaying the photos after a church service for those who were not able to join us owing to the weather. And a big thank you to Shevet Achim for supporting our exhibition.