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Help us raise $2,500 to distribute 500 Rohingya coloring books to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh!


Just $5 provides a child with:

  • A Rohingya coloring book (made by our team)

  • A package of 12 coloring pencils

  • A pencil sharpener


We want to raise enough money to get 500 coloring books to the kids.


Due date: December 18

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Simply put: humans need activities to stimulate their mind. Restlessness, irritability, and depression are common issues refugees face. Throw in a pandemic, and we have a mental health crisis at our hands.


That’s why our team developed our first ever Rohingya coloring book. Every page is contextualized to the Rohingya culture to foster greater engagement and keep it culturally sensitive.


Coloring is a therapeutic activity that has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and aid in the trauma-healing process. Our Rohingya friends need this. Now more than ever.


It costs $5 to equip 1 child with our Rohingya coloring book, a packet of 12 coloring pencils, and a pencil sharpener. Just $5 will give a child hours of creativity and much-needed therapy during this time. The same price as your pumpkin spice latte.

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What is Books Unbound?

 

Picture-Based | Informal | Culturally Specific

We cartoonize communities and design learning content to address the following objectives:

1) Vocabulary development / conversation building

2) Basic problem solving skills

3) Platform for creativity to overcome trauma

Approach:

Books Unbound partners with local NGOs established in the camps to develop a network of local teachers and distribute the curriculum. Upon implementation, a teacher curriculum guide and training sessions will be provided for the local teachers to give alternative and innovative teaching methods.

Background: (see video HERE)

Books Unbound was informally developed to address the needs of a small group of Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in 2015. Separated from their families, they traveled from Myanmar by boat for two months before landing in southern Thailand. They were arrested while hiding in the jungles and taken to a temporary shelter. Few learning materials were available to them and none were relatable or relevant to them. Sophie worked with the Rohingya and other volunteers to create a Rohingya specific picture-based ESL curriculum. A culturally sensitive illustration fostered more engagement. Books Unbound was born.

Since then, Sophie has been traversing the globe to connect with Rohingya friends throughout the States and all over Asia to learn their stories.

 

You can read about her stories HERE.

 

 

Books Unbound
c/o New Horizons Foundation
5550 Tech Center Dr STE 303, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

IMPORTANT: If mailing a donation, please make it payable to "New Horizons Foundation" with memo "Books Unbound"

 

Featured Photographer: Nihab Rahman and Hailey Sadler

 

Project Manager
Sophie Danielson

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End Date: 17 December 2020