Feb 24, 2021

Provide Books to 30,000 Children in Afghanistan

Young girls receiving the books, Kapisa province
Young girls receiving the books, Kapisa province

Dear all,

 

We appreciate your generous support which enabled us to bring joy to these beautiful children in Afghanistan.

 

We are excited to share with you all our progress report and let you know what we did during the last quarter.

  

#Project Summary:

This project targets the most vulnerable, marginalized and underprivileged children in Afghanistan who are affected by war and poverty, and are deprived of reading materials with proper contents in their mother tongue. The project will publish 30,000 copies of 5 storybooks in three languages (Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki languages; 15 books in total) and make them available for children in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan through the network ABLE libraries. With the donations we have received so far, we have published a beautiful children storybook called Man wa Nihal [Me and the Plant] in three languages mentioned above. The book in each language was printed 2000 copies (6000 copies in total). During this quarter, our attempt was to begin the distribution process. So far, 400 copies of the storybooks have been distributed in the two provinces of Afghanistan. We will continue the distribution of the books and make sure that they also reach the hands of children residing in the remotest part of Afghanistan. 

 

# What is the Storybook About?

The storybook is titled Man Wa Nihal [Me and the Plant] and is written by one of the well-known children’s authors, Parween Pajwak. The main character of the story is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a village in Afghanistan. She does not have many friends and wishes to find someone to play with. One day, a plant in her garden responds to her and becomes her friend. Through this new friend, she learns a lot about nature and its importance in human life. As time passes by, she learns to respect and protect the environment.

 

#Distribution of 400 Copies of the Storybooks 

ABLE team conducted field visits in two provinces (Panjshir and Kapisa) and distributed the printed story book to children residing in various villages through a door-to-door campaign. ABLE initiated a door-to-door campaign during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that despite the schools and other educational institutions remain closed, the children have access to the supplementary reading materials. All children receiving the storybooks were very excited and happy. 

 

#Panjshir Province 

ABLE team identified seven locations for the book distribution in Panjshir province. Most of these areas are in the remote districts of Panjshir where the children do not have access to the proper reading materials. The districts covered by the ABLE field team are Onabe, Rukha, Khing, Abshar, Darra and Bazarak. A total of 150 copies of the books were distributed to children residing in these districts.

 

#Kapisa Province 

Many families residing in Kapisa province are poor and the school children do not have access to any public or private libraries. To fill this gap, ABLE has established seven community and school libraries in different districts, such as Mahmood Raqi, Tagab, Kohistan, Najrab, etc. of this province. During the last quarter, ABLE team managed to distribute a total of 250 copies of the Man wa Nihal storybooks, along with the other ABLE publications, to the children through the ABLE libraries located in the province. 

 

 

  

                                                  

Children receiving the books, Panjshir province
Children receiving the books, Panjshir province
Children receiving the books, Panjshir province
Children receiving the books, Panjshir province
Children receiving the books, Kapisa province
Children receiving the books, Kapisa province
Happy young girl displaying the book she received
Happy young girl displaying the book she received
Children receiving the books, Kapisa province
Children receiving the books, Kapisa province
Happy young girl with the book, Kapisa province
Happy young girl with the book, Kapisa province

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Oct 28, 2020

Provide Books to 30,000 Children in Afghanistan

Book Cover in the Uzbeki Language
Book Cover in the Uzbeki Language

Dear all,

Thank you for the generous donation that enabled us to begin this wonderful project to produce books for children in Afghanistan.

We are excited to share with you all our progress report and let you know what we did during this reporting period.

# Project Summary

This project targets the most vulnerable, marginalized and underprivileged children in Afghanistan who are deprived of reading materials with proper contents in their mother tongue. The project will publish 30,000 copies of 5 storybooks in three languages (Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki languages; 15 books in total) and make them available for children in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan through the network ABLE libraries. With the donations we have received so far, we started working on a book (Man wa Nihal[Me and the Plant]) in three languages mentioned above. As soon as the final draft is ready, 6,000 copies of the books will be printed and made ready for distribution.

# What is the Storybook About? 

The storybook is titled Man Wa Nihal [Me and the Plant] and is written by one of the well-known children’s authors, Parween Pajwak. The main character of the story is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a village in Afghanistan. She does not have many friends and wishes to find someone to play with. One day, a plant in her garden responds to her and becomes her friend. Through this new friend, she learns a lot about nature and its importance in human life. As time passes by, she learns to respect and protect the environment.

# Illustration and Layout

In the second phase, the preliminary layout and illustration was completed. During this phase, ABLE team worked closely with the illustrator and composer to finalize the illustration and layout of the book. All illustrations were shared with author and other members of the assessment committee. The members provided their comments and all changes were considered in each illustration before the finalization.

# Translation of the Storybook in Pashto and Uzbeki Languages

As soon as the manuscript was finalized in the Farsi-Dari language, it was shared with the Pashto and Uzbeki translators, who were able to translate it in the given timeframe and submit it back to us. The Pashto and Uzbeki language manuscripts have been edited, proofread and finalized for the printing. 

# Camera-Ready Copy of the Storybook in Three Languages

The camera-ready of the book in Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki languages were finalized after the last editing and proofreading. Before making the manuscript in each language camera-ready, it was reviewed by the expert editors and commentators in order to make it more acceptable for the targeted age group children. Some words and phrases were changed after the final editing, which has modified a story narrative a little bit. The final version of the manuscript in all three languages is now more easy to read and understandable for children.

# Printing of the Storybook in Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki Languages

The storybook in all three languages have been printed and delivered at the ACKU office. A total of 6,000 copies of the books were printed (2,000 copies in each language).

# Plan for the Next Quarter 

The storybooks will be widely disseminated all over Afghanistan through the network of 277 ABLE libraries and by the help of other relevant stakeholders.

Illustration from inside the storybook
Illustration from inside the storybook
Pashto Translation (Inside Page of the Storybook)
Pashto Translation (Inside Page of the Storybook)
Uzbeki Translation (Inside Page of the Storybook)
Uzbeki Translation (Inside Page of the Storybook)
Illustration from inside the storybook
Illustration from inside the storybook

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Jul 1, 2020

Provide Books to 30,000 Children in Afghanistan

Sample Illustration (Inside Page)_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration (Inside Page)_Man wa Nihal

Dear all,

Thank you for the generous donation that enabled us to begin this wonderful project to produce books for children in Afghanistan.

 

We are excited to share with you all our progress report and let you know what we did during this reporting period.

 

# Project Summary:

This project targets the most vulnerable, marginalized and underprivileged children in Afghanistan who are deprived of reading materials with proper contents in their mother tongue. The project will publish 30,000 copies of 5 story books in three languages (Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki; 15 books in total) and make them available for children in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan through the network ABLE libraries. With the donations we have received so far, we started working on a book (Man wa Nihal [Me and the Plant]) in three languages mentioned above. As soon as the final draft is ready, 6,000 copies of the books will be printed and made ready for distribution.

 

# What is the Storybook About?

The storybook is titled Man Wa Nihal [Me and the Plant] and is written by one of the well-known children’s authors, Parween Pajwak. The main character of the story is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a village in Afghanistan. She does not have many friends and wishes to find someone to play with. One day, a plant in her garden responds to her and becomes her friend. Through this new friend, she learns a lot about nature and its importance in human life. As time passes by, she learns to respect and protect the environment.

 

# Editing and Proofreading of the Storybook

As mentioned in the previous report, the story (manuscript) was selected from among the five stories we received from the well-known children writers. During the reporting period, the ABLE technical team edited the selected story (Farsi-Dari version). The edited version was sent to the literary experts for review, who further added their inputs. All the feedback and changes were then shared with the author who made the revision accordingly. The revised version has been proofread a few times and shared with the Pashto and Uzbeki translators.

 

# Completion of the illustrations

The illustration of the storybook is completed. One of the well-known professional illustrators, with the experience of working on children books, has made the beautiful illustrations for the book as per the story’s requirement.

 

# Translation of the book in a Pashto Language 

The final version of the story in Farsi-Dari language has been translated into Pashto. The translation has been done by the literary expert in a Pashto Language. The translated story is currently being edited.    

 

# Translation of the book in Uzbeki Language  

The translation of the book into Uzbeki has finished. It was translated by an Uzbeki writer who has experience of working in both Farsi-Dari and Uzbeki languages. The editing of the story in Uzbeki language is ongoing and will be accomplished soon.

 

# Completion of the preliminary version of layout/graphic designing the book 

The preliminary layout and design of the storybook has been completed. Sample designs of the book’s jacket and the inside pages are attached with this report. Currently, our technical team are working to finalize the illustrations from among the best samples for the three separate versions (Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki).

 

# The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impacts

During the reporting period, our offices remained closed due to the lockdown, thus it was not possible to continue our regular activities the same way. Our field visits to the provinces to establish new libraries and update the existing libraries with the new books had to be postponed. However, our dedicated team came up with an innovative idea of door-to-door books distribution, which continued throughout the lockdown. Similarly, most of our work for this specific project was also accomplished during the same period. The team finished the translation, illustration, and designing of the book during the lockdown. The result is a beautiful book that has emerged out of this effort (see the images).

 

# Plan for the Next Phase 

1)   A total of 6,000 copies of the book (Man wa Nihal), will be printed and disseminated through the network of 277 ABLE libraries throughout Afghanistan.

2)   A free digital copy of the book(s) will be made available through the online portal One Book One Child.

3)   With the donations we receive in the coming months, we plan to begin working on another storybook that would focus on COVID-19 pandemic.

With the lockdown announced by the Afghanistan government, schools and libraries (along with the other educational institutes) remain closed in Afghanistan. Amid the children/student’s frustrations arising because of their inability to access these places, there is an emerging social and economic crises which might grow more post COVID-19. Consequently, creating an emergency to address these issues to help children cope up with the possible situations that might arise in the next few months. Thus, our aim for the next phase will be to publish (6,000 copies of) a storybook (in three local languages: Farsi-Dari, Pashto and Uzbeki) focusing on the above mentioned issues and distribute it widely throughout Afghanistan to help children understand/learn the coping mechanisms.

Inside Page_Man wa Nihal_Persian Language
Inside Page_Man wa Nihal_Persian Language
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Cover Page_Man wa Nihal_Farsi
Sample Illustration_Cover Page_Man wa Nihal_Farsi
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Cover Page_Man Wa Nihal_Pashto
Sample Illustration_Cover Page_Man Wa Nihal_Pashto
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal
Sample Illustration_Inside Page_Man wa Nihal

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