Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds
by Jorge Argueta; illus. by Alfonso Ruano;
trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado
IBBY would like to extend its most grateful thanks to Alfonso Ruano for generously donating his artwork to IBBY for this special auction. All the paintings were auctioned and together they raised US$ 5,250 towards helping Central American children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have access to books and the opportunity to become a reader in the fullest sense – this is a fundamental right and the doorway to empowerment for every child. Thank you also to all those who participated in the auction, we hope that you enjoy your paintings and remember the children who need our support.
All the illustrations from this highly regarded book have been donated by the artist, Alfonso Ruano, to be auctioned to support the IBBY/REFORMA Children in Crisis Project. This project is directed at Central American children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras who are in grave danger in their home countries, which are considered three of five of the most dangerous “peacetime” countries in the world. The children have fled these places to seek refuge in the United States. Today they are being detained in the USA and Mexico. Many have had their refugee applications rejected and are being returned to their countries where they face a very uncertain fate. Our project supports bringing them into libraries near their detention centres; giving them books and urging them to attend a local library; bringing books and building collections in detention centres; and building libraries and working with local NGOs in their home countries to bring them into contact with books, reading and safe places.
The auction closed at 18:30 CET on Wednesday, 5 April 2017. Thanks to all the support IBBY has raised US$ 5,250 to help the children from Central America.