We are launching a piloting phase of our For the Girls project in the Rohingya community. This is a time when we gather feedback on illustrations, translations, and contextualization.
Your donation supports:
- Printing the books & teacher training guides
- Conducting teacher training sessions
- Paying our artists & translators
Donations of $250 and higher will receive a free copy of our For the Girls book and a Teacher Training Guide!
About our For the Girls project:
Educating a girl can change a community.
An educated girl is more likely to grow up safe, healthy, and confident to take control of her future. She understands the value of education and will likey send her children to school. She improves her problem solving and critical thinking skills. She is likely to engage in her community and empower other girls around her.
An educated girl can change the world.
Our team of female artists created a book specifically for Rohingya girls. Along with basic health practices, the book encourages creativity, innovation, and community-based work throughout all phases of life. The picture-based approach is designed to encourage girls to ask questions and spark conversation among their peers, regardless of their literacy level.
Please click HERE to visit our website.
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
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.
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"
Start Date: ---
End Date: 30 April 2021