Friday, November 14, 2008

Artists Without Hands

A letter from Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Sdn. Bhd.
Christmas card
Do you know in Malaysia there is a business entity by the name of Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Sdn. Bhd. (Sendirian Berhad in Malay means private limited)? It is a company entirely owned by seriously disabled members of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. The Association was established in 1956.

At the end of every year, I will receive a letter (see image) together with a set of greeting cards enclosed. As usual I will send them a cheque in return.

The Christmas card that you see here (by the way, I wonder the festive mood will be as merry as before) is crated by Ng Ah Kwai, the same person who wrote the letter. He is married and has a daughter and a son. His life is just as normal as any other human beings.

According to the artists:

Your support keeps them productively employed.
Your appreciation of their work inspires them to crate art for you to enjoy.
Your purchases and additional orders are really appreciated by them.
You make them proud to earn their own living.
Your satisfaction is their concern.

Their motto is Self Help – Not Charity. They are only physically handicapped, but their artistry, their creativity and their imagination are without boundary. One Chinese proverb describes them very well: 自力更生(zi li geng sheng). It means self-supporting for a new life.

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