A quick progress report to our supporters all over the world: I just got back from an event at McGill University where I learned that the Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative will be moving on to the regional level of a prestigious award and funding opportunity that would allow us to expand in important, exciting ways. The Forces AVENIR award in Arts, Literature and Culture “aims to recognize, honour and promote the commitment of young people in projects which enrich knowledge, arouse the desire for success and for surpassing oneself, encourage the development of community thinking and thus contribute to the development of socially conscious, active and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world.”
We are thrilled to go forward in this competition, as the grant would allow us to continue to distribute books from other cultures throughout the refugee network, but also to facilitate access to books about the children’s homeland, namely folktales and an interactive book about the wildlife of Tibet.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more information to come about the Tibetan-themed books and the author/illustrator we are working with to implement this new facet of the SLSI literacy initiative.
In the name of animals and wildlife, I’ll leave you with a photograph from last summer of me sharing a moment with a special friend outside the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, the Tibetan headquarters of India.