Recent typhoons in the Philippines (Vinta and Agaton) have resulted in loss of life and property, and displaced thousands of families. Unfortunately, we can only expect more of the same in the months and years ahead. Children are most particularly affected, and our books can help them. Beyond giving them a sense of normalcy and hope, even for just a short period of time, our books can teach them about climate change, and have also been used to help them deal with the trauma of displacement.
Children are most affected by displacement from typhoons. The trauma they suffered will linger, and could make it difficult for them to move on with their lives. They need to know that there is something to look forward to, and that they can and will still make something of their lives. They also need to know that climate change is real, and that they can do something about it even in small ways.
We will publish and give them copies of our children's books. For many, this could be the very first books they get to own. We will provide a variety of titles - some dealing with climate change, another has been used to help children and parents deal with the trauma of displacement, and activity books that can give them a sense of fun and normalcy.
The project will help empower children to think creatively, learn on their own and strengthen their love of books. These are skills that will stay and help all - even those who drop out of school - to achieve success all through their lives.