a story book in three languages, English, Arabic, and French; written by the young author, JM Deeb and illustrated by Christine Boustani and conceptualized and produced by Kiki Bokassa in 2008, distributed by the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
Pollution can be a contributing factor towards illnesses, chronic diseases and nature catastrophes, therefore, the little author want to introduce to a readership audience between the ages 7-10, the concept of “Global Warming”.
In addition to that, 90% of the sale of this book goes to treating a child at CCCL. Sold at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon, Bliss Street, AUBMC Center, Hamra, Beirut. www.cccl.org.lb
Let me tell you a story is a tri-lingual storybook for children of all ages that was produced in Lebanon. It features 54 children’s stories, poems, and illustrations from authors as young as 4 years old and as old as 92. Artwork, consisting of drawings, paintings, and collages, formed the basis on which the book was built. The artwork was then matched to stories and poems written by children and adults from all over Lebanon and other countries as well. They have all united their talents and minds,
shared personal experiences and thoughts, each in their own words and drawings, bringing to us a blend of innocence, laughter, and novelty.
Throughout the 112 colorful pages of this book, people of all ages and cultures shared their stories, experiences, and passions.The book was the idea of Marie-Ange BOKASSA (alias Kiki), an artist painter who worked with children at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) for four months during which time they made the handicrafts and drawings that appear as illustrations in the book. While the majority of artwork is from patients at the CCCL, there were other contributions. Some children preferred to be authors/illustrators, while others simply concentrated on a story or poem that matched an existing artwork.
The book also includes contributions from well-known personalities as well as other professionals from all walks of life. As the team from ‘Let me tell you a story’ puts it:
“Publishing a collection of children’s stories, poems, and drawings has been a unique experience for all of us who have been involved in this project. Our participants are from different age groups, countries, and professional backgrounds including actors, recording artists, illustrators, music composers, architects, students, teachers, and known civic personalities. They shared personal experiences, passions, and intimate thoughts, each in their own words.”Sold at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon, Bliss Street, AUBMC Center, Hamra, Beirut. www.cccl.org.lb and all major bookstores. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/ArticlePrint.aspx?id=2330&mode=print
Dateci la pace, about the book/a propos du livre: This publication is the result of an educative and cultural project that the Non Governamental Organization Un Ponte per…realized this year inSouth Lebanon, in particular in the villages of Houla and Deir Kanoun el Nahar, thanks to the contribution of the Italian Cooperation. The project “Support for the Renovation of the Social, Educational and Cultural Services in the Areas Affected by the Conflict of 2006”, implemented in the year 2007-2008 in cooperation with the local organizations Aid Lebanon and ARCPA/Al Jana, gave the opportunity to children and young Lebanese people to rebuild and reflect on the dramatic war experience, through cultural and recreational activities.In particular, young people has been trained on artistic techniques, theater, music, informatics and languages. The artistic activities has been realized on weekly basis and managed by the local partner with the support of an artist, Kiki Bokassa, which provided to children artistic and educative tools to improve their creativity. Topics as peace, environment, art and dialogue has been proposed, to support the children in transforming the conflict and the experience of the war in peace education practices.The dramatic experience of the war is visible in the children drawings, which has been expressed in their stories, as a reality still present in their daily life.South Lebanonis an area still affected by tensions, war and the Israeli occupation of the past, as well as insecurity and instability.The July war of 2006 made worse that condition, improving in people the feelings of hostility and increasing their sense of insecurity and their daily life difficulties.The drawings and stories of the children, collected by the volunteers, reflect daily life stories, feelings of fear for a conflict directly experienced, but also hope for a future of peace, possible through experiences of solidarity, understanding and concrete support.
stories ITACronological History of Souther Lebanon (1982-2006)./ israelian invasion of South Lebanon. Beginning of the armed resistance guerrilla movement of Hezbollah./1993: isrealian bombing against Hezbollah/1996: fighting in the South Lebanon with bombing from Israel and armed attack from Hezbollah/ 2000: withdraw of the israelian troops from the land. Hezbollah increase his popularity in the area./2000-2006: periodical fighting along the border between Hezbollah and Israel/2006: war of July between Hezbollah and Israel that affected the South Lebanon (see blue area on the map).
(AGI) – Roma, 29 ago. (AGI) – Rome, 29 Août - Les ONG «Un Ponte per … Donnez-nous la paix», une collection d’histoires, de témoignages et de dessins sur la paix et la guerre, les enfants dans le sud du Liban. Le livre est «le résultat d’une ONG éducative et culturelle qui s’est développée ces dernières années dans le sud du pays des cèdres, en particulier dans les villages de Deir Kanoun el Houla et Nahar, avec la coopération et la contribution de la Coopération italienne. «Soutien à la restauration des services sociaux, éducatifs et culturels des zones les plus touchées par le conflit« Le projet (2007-2008, avec la collaboration avec des aides du Liban partenaires locaux et «Al Jana ‘) a permis à la petite libanaise, âge »comprise entre 5 et 12 ans, à reconstruire et à retravailler le drame de la guerre en 2006 à travers une série d’activités des activités culturelles et récréatives: design, le théâtre et la musique et l’informatique. Les activités ont été organisées dans des centres culturels sur une base hebdomadaire et ont été gérés par les partenaires locaux avec l’aide de l’artiste libanaise, Kiki Bokassa, qui a donné aux enfants les outils et enseignement de l’art de stimuler leur créativité ». Les éducateurs ont proposé divers cours de formation sur les thèmes de la paix, l’environnement, l’art, de la coexistence, afin de stimuler les jeunes à transformer le conflit et les événements de la récente guerre entre Israël et le Hezbollah dans les chemins de l’éducation de la paix.
Le sud du Liban et «une terre dévastée par des années de tension et de guerre, où il et« l’insécurité actuelle et une instabilité généralisées. Il conflitto del 2006 ha peggiorato ulteriormente questa condizione, esponendo ancora di piu’ la popolazione a sentimenti di ostilita’, ma anche di assoluta precarieta’ e difficolta’ nella vita di tutti i giorni. Le conflit de 2006 a aggravé cette condition supplémentaire, ce qui expose encore plus “les gens avec des sentiments d’hostilité», mais aussi de la précarité absolue »et la difficulté» dans la vie quotidienne. Les travaux rassemblés par les éducateurs des enfants racontent des histoires de la vie quotidienne, les sentiments de crainte d’une guerre connue, mais ils laissent aussi ouvrir de nombreuses portes d’espérer pour un avenir de paix, obtenus grâce à des expériences de solidarité », la compréhension mutuelle et de soutien en béton. «Donnez-nous la paix» peut être obtenu à partir du pont de …, http://www.unponteper.it; 06/44702906. (AGI)
The adventure of Monty «Monty goes to the vet».
Jad (played by JM Deeb), an 8 years old boy, has diabetes. He takes his dog Monty who has been feeling weak lately to the vet hospital for a check up. There, he learns that they both now share the same disease. Jad tells Monty about his condition, the importance of the treatment, the diet, and exercise to live a normal life with diabetes.
The book is also available in French and Arabic. A bilingual multimedia CD-rom is included with each book. This book is sponsored by Medtronic Foundation, conceptualized and published by Kiki Bokassa. It is distributed to schools & sold in El Bourj bookstore. Proceeds will go to the treatment of the Chronic Care Center patients.