2020 was a wild card. It taught us a lot.
Our theme for this year?
Pandemic or no pandemic, we all have a right to education. Informal learning has become essential, now more than ever. With schools closed, we’re producing materials that can be used at home to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn.
“We went through the book together…right away, they recognized a bunch of Rohingya things…they got really excited to see their lives in this coloring book.”
— Educator with Rohingya refugees, Texas
“This is the first time I have ever seen my people in cartoon!”
— Rohingya refugee, Wisconsin
“For those who are illiterate, these materials are important because they understood the issues through the pictures.”
— Imam, Rohingya refugee camp
What We Do: Cartoonize Communities
Everyone likes cartoons, especially the ones that look like them. Our learning materials are simple, relatable, and culturally sensitive. This fosters greater engagement.
Picture Dictionary Project
Contextualized cartoons. Relevant vocabulary. Customizable for any community.
We provide a platform for children to bring more color into this world, one coloring book at a time.
Exercise is for Everyone
Exercise is extremely important to maintain our mental and physical health — especially in a refugee camp!
Teaching our Rohingya friends about basic hygiene and ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. All fully contextualized to the Rohingya culture.
For the Girls
Designed for marginalized girls with limited education. Sometimes we don’t have women in our lives to tell us those girl-sensitive topics — we’re here to help!
Our Rohingya Adventures
Rohingya student Hazara finds motivation to keep tackling math in a story told by a Rohingya elder.
This is the first ever Rohingya cartoon series performed by Rohingya actors. Made in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Sponsored by IOM – UN Migration
“I cannot express how grateful we are towards the industrious and compassionate team behind Books Unbound – for its amazing and creative works undertaken to make the lives of the Rohingya refugees better and hopeful. Thank you a million times.”
– Rohingya human rights activitist
“Every child deserves education wherever they come from. I really love how Books Unbound is trying to relate their culture and daily activities in the form of art. This supports children so they realize and learn their own culture.”
– Artist from Books Unbound’s team
“My Picture Dictionary was created by Books Unbound. It is one of the best educational tools for the Rohingya students.”
– Rohingya educator
Our projects are supported by you! Your donation covers the cost for printing and developing materials. Help us bring more informal learning into communities, one cartoon at a time.
Host a Photo Exhibition
We take participants on a journey to learn about the refugee crisis through photos and storytelling. We offer pop-up photo exhibitions to increase awareness and advocacy.
Are you in need of culturally relevant, picture-based learning materials? We develop custom projects based on your need. Materials are available in various mediums (books, flashcards, posters, etc). Let us “cartoonize” your curriculum.