Just got the most recent printed copies of my latest oeuvre: It Takes a Child to Raise a Village. I really like the way they turned out! Tikatok did a great job of producing them for me! I've spent a happy morning shipping out copies to all who ordered copies for the holidays! It's not too late!
How did this book come to be? I spent a week on campus with these girls 11-18 years old. I had 45 minutes with each class (it was the middle of their exam period!). I asked them to write short essays and/or draw pictures about their "Back Home Projects." I handed out color sharpies for the drawings. They worked in class while I egged them on. Then, I disappeared for 6 months. Came back in October with copies of the finished book. The girls were blown away!! They didn't think I really would DO anything with their work!
We held a school assembly where they told their stories on video (coming soon!). And sent them home (not a simple thing, when you live miles away on dirt roads!) with permission slips for their parents/guardians to sign, so that we could publish their photos as well as their writing and artwork.
They are so PROUD of this book! I am so proud of them! These girls are truly transforming the lives of the people in their villages. They are the future hope of Africa!