Books Unbound

Help us raise $6,000 for the Girls' Book!

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Everyone likes cartoons, especially those that look like them. Our mission is to reduce barriers to education in displaced communities thorugh picture-based learning materials. We connect a local network of educators with our global network of artists to produce picture-based content specific to the need. We aim to put education back into the hands of the community, one cartoon at a time.

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Current Project:

Girls' Book

Description: After piloting our first picture dictionary in Bangladesh, we had a ton of teenage girls request if we could make a book specific for them. A book that highlights female-sensitive topics in a contextualized, culturally sensitive manner.

We are so excited to be building our team of female artists from all over the world to create our Girls' Book! This book is made by girls, for girls. The purpose is to highlight some important topics girls may face in their lifetime. We have separated the book into 5 stages of womanhood. This project will be piloted in the Rohingya community.

Your support will help us develop this project. Donations go to support the artists, design work, and printing.


Girls Main-min


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.



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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Funding Period

Start Date: ---

End Date: 30 October 2020

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