Targeting Disability As In The Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi

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Targeting Disability As In The Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi

Taking care of children with disabilities at Crystal Foundation can easily be compared to the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi.
Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art that focuses on portraying great beauty in broken things. Rather than throwing away what is broken, it is mended together and a kind of  physical and spiritual beauty seen in it. The art of Kintsugi focuses on adding value in general, to things and making them priceless and irreplaceable.

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If things bought in the market can have so much value, what more of human lives? Many people who are broken by disabilities are often thrown away and forgotten by society. Yes; just like in a situation where a glass jar is broken, people are broken down by their disabilities. At times, relatives and friends throw the people with disabilities off by concentrating time and resources on other people within the family who do not have any disability.
People who have practiced the Japanese art of Kintsugi will confess that when broken pieces are lying on the ground, it is difficult to envisage or see beauty in them. It is only after the pieces have been mended that the real beauty comes out.


At Crystal Foundation, when most children are brought in, you can hardly see anything beautiful about them because the disability has broken down and hidden their beauty. It is only after the children have been worked on, “mended” that you can see the beauty in them. Never expect to see anything good in a person with disability if that person is broken down and getting no help. Mend up that person; give that person a helping hand, and you will see the beauty, that you thought was impossible.

Mending broken pieces in the Japanese art of Kintsugi is not inspired by poverty. There is a strong desire to see beauty in those broken pieces. That broken piece is irreplaceable and that is why it has to be mended.
If the Japanese art of Kintsugi has any lesson to pass across, then it will be the fact that things are valuable and should not be replaced just because they are broken. They should always be mended. What more of human life?


Nfon Mark (Markzin)


Crystal Foundation, Cameroon.