Rapha House is excited to announce that the Healing Hands Art Center has recently been launched on our aftercare campus in Thailand! Kim Lewis, of Kim Lewis Designs, drew the architectural plans and led the professional design and carpentry team, several of whom had previously worked together on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. Additionally, this team designed and launched art centers for our two Cambodia aftercare campuses three years ago. These art centers have become the “crown jewel” of our programs and campuses. Art is often a key component in laying the groundwork for trauma counseling, and these beautifully designed centers invite broken hearts to open in creativity and self-expression.
Stephanie Freed, CEO and Executive Director of Rapha House wrote-
The Healing Hands Art Center was built with generous funding from the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. When Anne Rumsey-Wairepo, Director, called to let me know that the DHHF was not only going to fund the construction of the center, but they were also going to fund the interior design as well as the Art Feeds curriculum training and implementation for our staff, there was a party on the phone! I remember yelling into Anne’s ear, “You have given us the cherry on the cake!”. Rapha House is incredibly thankful for this corporate partnership, which values quality services for the traumatized children we serve.
There were many challenges as the design team diligently worked to complete the project in a very short amount of time. The girls and staff were asked not to peek- the interior was to be a surprise! On the beautiful evening of the reveal party, as the sun was going down and a gentle breeze began to relieve the heat of the day, a row of Rapha girls excitedly held hands and waited for the doors to be opened. Kim Lewis addressed them, making certain that they knew that they were full of worth and value. Kim explained that the brightly painted doors hanging on the exterior of the building represented the many doors of hope that were open to each of them- that no matter what had happened in the past, there was a new door of hope to walk through. She told them that this beautiful space had been created with great love and that it was all for them.
As the girls finally entered their beautiful new space, there were oohs and aahs and squeals of delight and laughter. Immediately, the costume box was ransacked and the stage was put to use. The reading corner, laden with pillows instantly became a favorite spot. Paintbrushes surfaced and some girls quietly went to work while others needed to strike a pose or dance. There it was. Hope. Creativity. Expression.
Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, who drew the architectural plans and led the design team, wrote this after recalling a special moment-
“Art is the Daughter Of Freedom”, she read out loud, as she walked in and saw the quote up on the wall for the first time. “She” is a survivor. She looked at me and responded with brightness in her eyes, “freedom... I like freedom.” Tears welled up in my eyes. Such a simple statement, but it wasn’t...and it isn’t. Her journey to find that freedom, I can’t even imagine. She is one of many that have survived trafficking and sexual exploitation, and have been kept safe thanks to the Heaven-sent Rapha House staff.
Tasanee, Rapha House Thailand Director wrote-
It's no longer a dream, but reality! This is the most beautiful and well-done project. Our girls and staff couldn’t be more excited about it. They feel the love and freedom every time they step into this place. This art center is like the supplies that are delivered to the battlefield just in time!
This entire project was made possible through funding by the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, which continues to provide healing, hope, and freedom for children globally! Since the start of dōTERRA, the founding executives knew that they wanted the company to be generous and giving. From this desire, the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was born. Rose oil is one of the most valuable essential oils, and because the founders placed so much worth in improving the lives of vulnerable children, they made the decision that all profits from the sale of rose lotion would go back to the Healing Hands Foundation. In honor of this beautiful commitment to give of the very most valuable, the interior of the art center is themed after the rose. What an incredible story we are able to share with the Rapha girls- that they are highly valued and worthy of this beautiful place of hope and healing!
Special thanks to Kim Lewis Designs for leading this project and assembling a professional team of designers and carpenters, Art Feeds for partnership in curriculum and training, along with special collaboration with Touch a Life Foundation. This entire project was made possible through funding by the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, which continues to provide healing, hope, and freedom for children globally!
Photography by Joey Puterbaugh