Inspired by The Unbound Bookmaker Project started in Majuro, I (Susannah Prenoveau) decided to fundraise so that the children of Ebeye could create their own book. Once we raised the necessary funds, we started meeting on Ebeye once a month, beginning in September 2013, with Ms. Dribo’s and Ms. Lorennij’s 5th grade class from Ebeye Public Elementary School.
Because I knew it was a project I couldn’t and didn’t want to do alone and because some of our 4-H cooking club members had raised part of the funding for the project, I set it up as the 4-H Unbound Bookmaker Club for our American and Marshallese teens from the nearby military base on Kwajalein.
Currently, we are in the final stages of reviewing our work and sending it to our wonderful editors and publishing experts at The Unbound Bookmaker, so I wanted to share some photos from our time with the kids on Ebeye.
To give you some background of those you will see in the photos, there were 3 dedicated teens who physically came to the school with me to work with the kids one-on-one during the writing and illustration process. There were two other teens who met with me after school at the teen center on Kwajalein to assist with translations. They are not in these photos from the school, but if not for all of these teens and the dedication of the staff and students at the Ebeye Public Elementary School, this book would not have been possible. Thank you to those from afar who provided moral support as well as project supplies and donations.
Look for our new book, Life in the Marshall Islands: Then and Now coming out soon on Amazon.com.