Children in Crisis
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.
The Sharjah / IBBY Fund was launched in April 2012 as a joint effort of UAEBBY and IBBY with the support of Sharjah government. It funds projects that promote a culture of reading and provide books for children whose lives have been disrupted by war, civil disorder or natural disasters in the region of Central Asia to North Africa (CANA).
To date, projects have been funded in Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine and Tunisia. The Fund also supported the regional meeting of CANA members in Sharjah in 2013 and enabled CANA members to attend the IBBY World Congresses in London in 2012, Mexico City in 2014 and Auckland 2016.