The IBBY Children in Crisis Fund provides support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster. 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 books that are appropriate to the situation.
We hope the programme will not only provide immediate support and help, but that it will also make a long term impact in the communities, thus supporting IBBY’s belief that every child has the right to become a reader.
Based on predetermined criteria IBBY selects the communities where the projects will be funded. The basic criteria include:
- the existence of a short or long term situation of crisis in the lives of the children of the community;
- the availability of a strong, capable IBBY section either in the affected or a neighbouring country and/or the presence of a capable IBBY partner;
- the strength of the project and its possible short and long term impact in fulfilling IBBY’s goals;
- the availability of money.
Download the information brochure here and the Spanish version of the information brochure here.
IBBY Children in Crisis Fund is endorsed by Deborah Ellis, award winning Canadian author. link
IBBY Children in Crisis Fund Projects
IBBY helps to establish the Library of Dreams, La biblioteca de los sueños, in El Salvador
El Salvador is the “peace-time” country with the highest per capita homicide rate in the world. Gangs are essentially determining the fate of children, which is why so many have elected to leave.
Salvadoran children and young people need spaces to develop skills and actions aimed at creating a climate of security and development opportunities for them. Every day children and young people are exposed to violence; so that initiatives to create spaces for recreation or skill development are important and a priority.
The Library of Dreams is created in one of the neighborhoods where people live immersed in a climate of insecurity. We know that through reading, Salvadoran children can dream and make healthy positive choices for their future.
The Library creates a space where children of El Salvador may develop an approach to literature, art and nature through reading and the experience of a harmonious encounter with nature such that through them they can arrive at a more dignified and just coexistence and to be empowered to create real change in their lives.
A video of the opening of the Library of Dreams at the end of November 2016 is on YouTube and can be watched through this link: here
IBBY working with REFORMA on the US/Mexican Border
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as well as parts of Mexico, are once again experiencing renewed conflict with the death rate climbing to levels seen in the 1980s. This conflict is primarily driven by the war on drugs. In Central America the repercussions of the previous war, in particular the corruption, extreme inequality, poor policing, and broken social structures have resulted in governments finding themselves virtually incapable of protecting their citizens. As in most war zones children suffer the most grievous consequences. The flood of unaccompanied children seeking refuge from the violence is a direct result of the past 45 years of war in the region.
Syrian Children in Lebanon 2013 to 2016
IBBY Lebanon has brought relief to Syrian children caught up in the war and now refugees in Lebanon. The therapeutic programme used is called bibliotherapy and it was developed for Lebanese children after the Lebanese 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 the feelings of others.
For more information see the Syrian Children's Bibliotherapy Project in Lebanon 2016.
IBBY Libraries in Gaza, Palestine 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 northern community of Beit Hanoun near the Israeli 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.
To date, USD 35,000 has been donated for the reconstruction of the Gaza libraries.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011
The eastern coast of Japan was devastated by the worst natural disaster ever to hit Japan. On 11 March 2011 an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude struck the seabed east of Japan. This caused a huge 10 metre tsunami to crash into the eastern coast, killing thousands of people and sweeping away boats, cars, schools and homes and damaging the nuclear power stations in the region. All of which led to widespread evacuations. IBBY will work with the 3.11 Ehon Project in Iwate to give the children of the area relief through books and reading. The project will take books, give readings and storytelling activities, as well as train more volunteers to work with the children.
Pakistan Floods 2010
Pakistan was hit by the worst floods in its 63 year history. 20 million people were affected; of those 9 million were children. 11,000 schools were swept away or been rendered unusable. IBBY Pakistan – Alif Laila will worked with NGOs/Government agencies working in all five provinces of the country to distribute library kits for the children.
A total of USD 3,500 was raised and a further USD 15,000 was donated by the Katherine Paterson Family Foundation.
Haiti Earthquake 2010
After a devastating earthquake shook and destroyed the lives of thousands in Haiti, IBBY International immediately launched an appeal to collect funds for Haiti. IBBY Haiti identified the camps in which they could work and started working in some of the smaller ones. One of the printing presses that had not been damaged has been able to re-print some of the books needed for the bibliotherapy sessions. The team went into the camps to provide, through bibliotherapy, some relief for the children.
USD 42,000 was raised for the Haiti project.
Chile Earthquake 2010
The earthquake in Chile in early 2010 caused widespread physical and emotional damage. IBBY Chile and Corporación Lectura Viva [Reading Promotion Corporation] collaborated in the Palabras que acompañan [Words to Keep you Company] programme to deliver books and reading sessions to help relieve trauma in children and young people who are facing the loss of their loved ones and their homes, who have been injured or who have been forced to move in with friends and family.
Haiti Hurricane 2009
The healing power of storytelling and books: natural and environmental disasters in Haiti and their psychological effect on children. Following the tragic storms that hit Haiti and the collapse of a school that killed many children, IBBY Haiti embarked on a project to bring relief to the children through storytelling and bibliotherapy.
Gaza War 2008-
This project, operated by the IBBY National Section of Palestine hosted by the MA'AN Development Centre in Ramallah, has created libraries in two community centres in Gaza, Palestine. In addition, bibliotherapy training is being given to the people working in the centres who, in turn, will train other bibliotherapists working throughout Gaza. The project is fully funded by the Paterson Family Private Foundation.
Lebanon War 2007
Conflict Management for War Traumatized Children. This programme is organized by IBBY Lebanon and is currently running in schools in Southern Lebanon using puppetry, theatre, storytelling and books to explore issues of anger and alternative methods of conflict resolution.
Colombia Civil War 2008-2010
This project comprises reading clubs for children and young people who are victims of armed conflict in Colombia. Operated by the Banco del Libro (IBBY Venezuela) and Asolectura in Colombia, the project will involve 1,000 street children, who have been displaced by the ongoing civil conflict, in reading clubs. Selected books will be available through a system of mobile libraries. An important component of this project will be a phase of rigorous assessment at the end of the period, aimed at refining IBBY’s work in bibliotherapy.
Afghanistan War 2009
Children's Literature: Bridges between Nations: In Afghanistan, childhood and the rights of children are not fully recognised. As a result there is little quality children's book publishing and no tradition of reading for pleasure. This project was an attempt to bring together local and international expertise to the goal of bringing children and books together in a country that has faced significant disruption.
China Earthquake 2008
Reading makes us stronger: books as a response to the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province
Peru Earthquake 2007
Bibliotherapy in emergencies: responses to the aftermath of the earthquake in the region south-southeast of Lima
Indonesia Tsunami 2005-2009
A continuation of the work started following the disastrous tsunami at the end of 2004. The work included working in Padang helping children traumatised by the earthquake that devastated their city and implementation of motorbike libraries in areas with difficult access.
Tsunami Relief Projects: Indonesia, India, Thailand and the Maldives 2005
Several projects were initiated immediately following the 2005 tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean region in Indonesia, India, Thailand and the Maldives.