IBBY regularly seeks donations for projects under its Children in Crisis Fund to provide support for children whose lives have been disrupted by war, civil disorder or natural disaster. IBBY believes that children who are suffering from natural disaster, displacement, war and its aftermath, desperately need books and stories as well as food, shelter, clothing and medicines. These are all necessities and are not mutually exclusive.
Projects have been supported in the wake of natural disasters in Indonesia (2005 to 2009, tsunami), Peru (earthquake, 2007), China (2008, earthquake) Haiti (2009, hurricane and 2010, earthquake), Pakistan (2010, floods) and Japan (2011, earthquake).
War and conflict has given rise to projects in Afghanistan (2009), Colombia (2008 to 2010), and Lebanon (2007) and in Gaza, Palestine (2008) as well as the current appeals for funding for the reconstruction of libraries in Gaza and for programmes for Syrian children in Lebanon, described below.
Whatever the cause for children in crisis, the two main activities that are supported by the Fund are the therapeutic use of books and storytelling in the form of bibliotherapy, and the creation or replacement of collections of selected, appropriate books.
In addition, IBBY operates a Solidarity Fund to help IBBY Sections experiencing financial difficulties in less-developed or economically depressed countries.
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IBBY Appeal For Gaza 2014
In October 2014, IBBY launched an appeal for the reconstruction of IBBY's Gaza libraries. IBBY has been supporting two children's libraries in the Gaza strip since 2008. One library was situated in the community of Beit Hanoun near the Isreali border, the other in the south in the town of Rafah, close to the border crossing with Egypt. The funding for the libraries came, to a great extent, from the great American children's author Katherine Paterson and her family foundation. These libraries were destroyed in July 2014. Learn more
We are pleased to announce that the donations to the IBBY Gaza Appeal have been enough to open a temporary replacement library for one of the destroyed libraries. The new library at al-Sikka has been refurbished, enlarged, supplied with books, furniture and equipment. Learn more
IBBY Appeal for Syrian Children in Lebanon 2013
By the end of 2015, half a million Syrian children refugees are expected to be in Lebanon. These children need books and stories as well as food, shelter, clothing and medicine. IBBY Lebanon has brought relief to the Syrian children caught up in the war and now refugees in Lebanon. The therapeutic programme is called bibliotherapy and it was developed for Lebanese children after the civil war and the war with Israel. The programme uses books, theatre, and other methods to help children understand their own feelings, express them and recognise those of others.
To date USD 33,000 has been transferred to IBBY Lebanon to use in their work. Learn more