A Storybook Project ← Back to the portfolio
THANK YOU, Rotary D. 1445, Rotary Club of Lewes, AND Centre ValBio!
Alain has been researching children’s illustration all year, and we’ve made it to a point where our creative thinking is synced up. We are very grateful that a matching grant from Rotary District 1145 and the Rotary Club of Lewes was just given to us to embark on this grand adventure!
The intent is to create a story about Madagascar’s magical landscapes, so communities can gain perspective on relationships with the biodiversity, shaping not only species survival, but theirs. We’ll shed light on the creative potential of sustainable care, since action will not be driven by poor fate, but imagination and hope.
Why do we bother, you ask?
Unfortunately, most children in Madagascar have no access to information on their island’s diverse landscapes and ecology, except for shaming examples of how daily habits will destroy their fate, even though 91% live in high rural poverty, and their lives are deeply connected with the rich and vulnerable environments. It’s a quality education catastrophe.
So, about the story..?
After deliberation, Alain and I arrived at a loving adventure story about a small, sassy ring-tailed mongoose. Mialy will get herself in all kinds of misadventures when she runs away from her happy home in the forest. She’ll return with a new appreciation for the familiar, but glimmers of new friendships will motivate family and friends to adventure out every once in a while, since the future will be most sustainable working with people.
Where are we based?
Alain will be hosted by Centre ValBio, a fully-equiped research hub in the center of the S.eastern rainforest, where the forest is a backdrop, we can coordinate cross-oceans, and pilot with remote communities. We are very grateful to Centre ValBio, as well as Rotary, for the opportunity to focus properly on design before launching into the next steps.
Stay tuned. (!!)