the kinders travel hand in hand.
“remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
that’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”
‘bad things do happen in the world,
like war, natural disasters, disease.
but out of those situations always arise
stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.’
for all who suffer as a result of the disasters
for all who arise to do extraordinary things to help.
image credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif- East Texas
A collection of fairy tales written by child refugees in Greece has gone on sale to help those like the book’s authors.
Travelling Tales features a rugby-playing dog, a king who grew to love animals and chickens fighting an alien invasion among its eight stories.
The book is the brainchild of Brazilian journalist Debora de Pina Castiglione and her sister Beatriz. The two combined their love of words and illustrations to create the book but the ideas came directly from the children.
Debora ran workshops with Syrian and Kurdish children aged between four and 14 years old, at three refugee camps close to Thessaloniki in Vasilika, Lagadikia and Oreokastro.
It gave the children something to do without focusing on their own lives.“The idea was not to have the children talk about their journeys or experiences fleeing war, at least not directly,” Debora said. “It was to let them tell the stories they wanted to, in ways they chose themselves.
“I think it’s important for young people to engage with one another. Children all over the world are watching the refugee situation, or hearing it on news programmes their parents watch and listen to, and as well as hoping it would be an interesting project for the children at the camps, I wanted to do something so the children outside of the crisis could see the children caught up in it on their own terms, as children with fun and interesting stories, just like they are.”
And there is something entirely captivating about the stories. In The Travelling Princess, Amira shuns her royal title to live as a poor person who goes around giving away gold she found as she explored the world.
In Aliens vs Chicken, Earth is under attack from extraterrestrials who want to steal all the chicken eggs in the world. While humans are relieved about the aliens’ demands, the chickens are not happy and fight back, reclaiming the eggs.
The story was written by nine-year-old Shahd who lives in the military camp of Lagadikia. Debora describes her stories as “full of adventure. Her creativity reminds us that there are heroes even where we least expect to find them.”
“We spent four months with the children,” Debora added. “In some cases, the children spoke English very well, and had quite clear ideas of their stories. In others, we worked with a translator, and also spent time with them to help them develop their ideas, to make the stories hold together better.
“But the point was that these are the stories of the children, so we didn’t change their words, or add anything they did not include themselves.”
Five professional illustrators helped to bring the stories to life, including Beatriz.
The book was published last month and is available in English as well as Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. It is for sale via Amazon priced at £10.
Money collected from the sale of the book will be used to help support projects that look for alternative housing solutions to the military camps.
“hope is a waking dream.”
credits: the irish news, Debora and Beatriz de Pina Castiglione, child refugees in greece
#teachers for refugees
working together on a community cleanup project at *the dequindre cut in detroit
on a day filled with helping hands
walkers, runners, bikers, dogs and blue skies.
*the dequindre cut greenway is an urban recreational path in downtown detroit that opened to the public in May of 2009. … formerly a grand trunk railroad line, the dequindre cut is a predominately below-street level 2 mile long greenway with separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.
“if your support the community, they will support you.”
dequindre-cut, detroit riverfront conservancy
today is the day.
my blog has grown
from one acorn of one word
into a forest of 1000 posts of all colors.
i am humbled
for all of you
who have taken
offer your kind thoughts to me.
it has meant all the difference.
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once upon a time
there was a woman
(who was me)
had a life of its own
had made plans
with 3 of her very dearest friends
for a long memorial day weekend getaway
and her hair
was wilder than ever
a sure sign
had to tell them
to go on without her
but they said
there is no way
we will do that
they each offered up
and found a solution
in their very own way
‘i will drive you all the way there.
you can sleep in the car and listen to music.
you won’t have to fly and hurt your ears and suffer any more.’
‘i will provide you with any medication
and comforting therapy
you might need.’
‘come with us
and we will
tuck you in
bring you soup
hot water bottles
was so moved
by their gestures
and their compassion
that she went to the doctor
and he gave her mega antibiotics
and got on the plane
and went on the trip
ate southern bbq
and drank a whiskey
and listened to the blues
in a beautiful park
and had a wonderful time
with each and every one of them
and they all continue to live happily ever after
as friends for life
a day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
– ralph waldo emerson
image credits: stickygooeycreamychooey.com, redcanyonart – carol walker