Melanie Chan is transitioning back to life in California after serving as an art teacher and missionary in Kenya. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is passionate about story-telling, mental health, accessibility of the creative process, and interpersonal relationships across boundaries. She loves finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The Art Banda
Teaching Art as a Medium for Hope in Kenya
By Melanie Chan

In 2013, I painted a mural on the walls of a school in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. It felt like an act of prayer, done on my knees, with the near-reverent sound of children’s voices reciting lessons in the background.