Melbourne, Australia

 
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And the story continues …

If you missed the beginning, it all started back home in Auckland, New Zealand, with a dream followed by the very first COLOUR OUR STORY drawing event.

Auckland, New Zealand Bookmaking Event:

What came out of that event were some truly inspired outline drawings by a group of young children who were eager to be part of something unique and heart-driven. Sure, they had coloured in their fair share of colouring books but knowing that their own outline drawings with short stories were going into colouring books destined for OrphFund children in remote Kasese, Uganda to colour in was enough to get their imaginations buzzing as they thought about what they wanted to share with others on the other side of the world.

Creating children’s colouring in books, by children for children … connecting kids creatively and colouring beyond borders between Uganda, New Zealand and Australia

Not long after the event, Jonathan and I carefully packed all those Auckland drawings into our suitcase, jumped on a plane and landed in Melbourne to petsit a gorgeous little dog Molly for a month. Thanks to our beautiful Melbourne friend and teacher Karen we soon had a second COLOUR OUR STORY drawing event underway with 50+ kids at the Kerrimuir Primary School. And what a magical day it was!! They were equally delighted by the thought that children on the other side of the world would soon be colouring in their drawings and getting to know them through their personal little stories. We were also beyond excited, knowing that we would be personally hand-delivering these books to the OrphFund children in Uganda in just a few weeks’ time.

Kasese, Uganda Bookmaking Event:

When somebody else’s happiness is your happiness, that is love.
— Lana Del Ray

Watching the Melbourne children unleash their imaginations into their drawings, reading their stories and talking to them about the project filled me with so much joy and hope for the future because I realised how much they all understood and fully embraced what we were doing. They knew that each of them had the ability to make a positive difference in the world through the powers of love, empathy and creativity.

Thank you to the teachers and friends for all your help with this project and to the children for putting so much love and care into their creations.

Michelle Euinton