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Storybook Workshops

Children who have lost a family member to illegal detention are given a chance to understand their situation through art, while also helping other children like themselves.

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Storybook workshops could gather children who have been affected by illegal detention with the end goal of creating a storybook to distribute to other children who have suffered from similar losses. The book could be used by families to explain their situation to the younger children in the household. 

The book could also be sold elsewhere to earn money to help free illegally detained prisoners. Maybe a One for One program could connect a specific child with a book buyer. The person who buys the book could be paying for a book to be produced for the child, as well as helping support a campaign for that child's lost family member. Besides helping to support the movement, this would also raise awareness about the issue.

At the workshops, the children begin by exploring their personal experiences through art and writing. Then, they all come together to create a fictional story that expresses their fears and feelings around the loss of their family member. Each child could illustrate a page of the book. Consistency in illustrations could be achieved by limiting the materials that children work with by color, medium, etc.

This could take place in mobile units as well, as suggested by Anne-Laure and Yen.

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

Someone to organize workshops and invite participants Illustrators & writers local to areas with high concentrations of unlawful detention Printer & binder to produce books $ for art supplies, book production materials, etc.


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A similar project was done with the White Mountain Apache native american tribe in AZ. Very effective.

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Very cool! Do you know where I could learn more about that?

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