Several months ago Harambee Arts started to offer a second weekly painting group to a group of older children at the City Primary School. The children are more severely autistic than our on-going younger group. Their head teacher reports that he has already seen dramatic changes in the children. Their styles develop and their special personalities emerge. Mihrein, the most outspoken of the group, usually paints one color at a time. He doesn’t like to get dirty and barks orders or makes comments about the others, as he smiles and paints his one-color paintings. “Sit down, finish that painting. Why do you refuse to paint?” And then he looks at us sweetly and says, “I don’t know why he refuses to paint?” Nduati, another boy, jumps around, hums and paints really fast. He jumps up and down between each painting and communicates with each of us in special ways…a touch on the shoulder, an extended hand, running to fetch one of our water bottles and opening the bottle before handing it to us. He can paint 50 paintings in one session and he knows that his water will be changed when it gets dirty and that there will always be enough colors for him. He is a joy…they all are. It’s an honor to now be painting with this additional group on a regular basis.