There are currently Kifubon projects in:
Austria | France | Germany | Greece | Italy | Portugal | Spain | Switzerland | United Kingdom
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, around 1400 Kifubon books have been donated to date, sent to orphanages, prisons, senior residences, refugee projects and adult education projects. The projects report that the children and elderly people enjoyed the stories of the book very much.
There have been numerous, Kifubon activities in cities across Spain including, book readings at an elderly women’s centre, in the faculty of nurses of the Autonoma University of Madrid; and in coffee shops, prisons and libraries. There are reading groups ongoing in 9 prisons, as well as in schools. The book is being used in 5 children’s schools in Tenerife.
Other projects in Spain include theatre and storytelling activities.
“I liked the book a lot because it makes you think about life. The story that has made me think more has been that of The Pot with the Hole, because although the pot believed that it was useless, he did not realize what he was really doing and that was to make a path of precious flowers. Thank you for this beautiful book.” Carmen. 11 years. (Murcia, Spain)
“I have read the books, I really like the book the Pot with the Hole. This book is for the age group I work with at the moment, it also explains to the children in a child friendly way about different feeling and emotions. I will be using this book with the children I work with as they feel worthless and are afraid of talking about feelings. Thanks.” (UK)
Details to follow
Der Papagei, der Alles Wusste und Nichts Konnte was published in 2018 in Germany and selected as a Kifubon project, a Storytelling for Peace event took place at the MANEMO Training Institute in Munich.
In Greece to date, 210 Όταν η Έρημος Ανθίζει (When the Desert Blooms) books have been donated a range of prisons and public libraries.
There has been quite a range of activity in Greece , typically sent out in ones and twos to projects.
The Kifubon Project was launched in Portugal in 2016 sharing the book Quando o Deserto Floresce e outras histórias.
To date 600 books have been sent to projects: hospitals, universities, prisons, and public libraries.
- Casa Pia Portugal’s largest educational institution dedicated to helping youngsters in risk of social exclusion or without parental support.
- A secondary school – a teacher works with the book with her students. The project may be expanded to include more schools.
The Kifubon Project started in February 2018, and the book Cuando el Desierto Florece was published in Spain, with books provided from the national Kifubon team to projects. Individual donors have also supported local projects.
There have been numerous, wide ranging Kifubon activities in cities across Spain including, book readings at an elderly women’s centre, in the faculty of nurses of the Autonoma University of Madrid; and in coffee shops, prisons and libraries. There are reading groups ongoing in 9 prisons, as well as in schools. The book is being used in 5 children’s schools in Tenerife. Other projects include theatre and storytelling.
Some quotes from book readers
“Personally on the occasions of anger, feeling peace instead of hatred, transforming it into peace and tranquility is a great help. Thanks to your book I have managed to calm down in the worst moments and be at peace…” Maria Segura Sánchez, 11 years old. (Murcia, Spain)
“To me the story that I liked the most was the Old man and the glass of milk, because it seems to me that if you are not sure and are hesitant of what they tell you, you have to look for an answer until you are sure. And do not be fooled by what it seems.“ M.L. Lopez, 10 years old. (Murcia, Spain)
Der Papagei, der Alles Wusste und Nichts Konnte was published in 2018 and a Benefit Concert with a book reading took place in Zürich.
The UK Kifubon project was launched in the autumn of 2016 with a series of supporter events leading to a total of 1,000 books being donated for projects in the UK out of which 800 books of both titles Splitting the Arrow and Pot With the Hole have been sent to all UK prisons, a national family refugee project and children’s hospitals.
Reading groups have been successfully completed in two prisons, and a spin-off independent project with a support pack and other materials.
In June 2018 100 copies of Splitting the Arrow were donated to participants and students at an event in London “Seeds of Peace” addressing the issue of knife crime, hosted by Pastor Lorraine Jones, who herself lost her son to knife crime.
Feedback from reading group projects
“Thought provoking, both simple and complex simultaneously”.
“I enjoyed the questions posed in the book and how they led to further questions and other thoughts”.
“Self-worth is the key to inner peace rather than external views.”
“That reflection is positive, sometimes humbling and always stimulating”
‘‘To appreciate that dawn always follows the night”.
‘‘It is possible to change the world in ways that use tiny (way smaller than baby) steps.’’
‘‘To listen carefully to people’s opinions, perspectives and thoughts, even if I don’t agree with them; they can still evoke thought which would not have been evoked without listening to them.”
‘‘I am taking away that I have the power within myself to deal with anything/situation.”
“The book enabled myself and others to open up emotionally and share feelings and emotions.”