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£13,437
pledged of £45,000pledged of £45,000 goal
116
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 18 2017 1:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

 

#iameverygirl True stories of girlhood from every country in the world

Every Girl is a children's book that tells the true, childhood story of one woman from every country in the world. We believe that by using the art of storytelling to speak directly to a child's curiosity, we can help foster a generation of children who embraces the other, celebrate the vastness in our differences and learn early that mankind is STRONGEST when we work and learn together.  

Check us out on social : Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. Blog

An all inclusive memoir:  Covering every country in the world means we'll have a lot of stories and perhaps that's too many for just one book.  We've embraced the challenge however and decided that Every Girl will come in a multi-volume set, with more than 200 short stories. (When you support this campaign, you'll get all volumes the at once!)

Multi-Volume Set
Multi-Volume Set

 Each short story will give a glimpse into the the life, culture and unique upbringing of each woman's childhood. The book will also include an illustration of her as a child, a map of her country, national flag and a fact sheet about her world then and now. 

So why a story about every girl? 

In a world that seems to become more divided everyday, we wanted to respond with a message of love and unity; encouraging the next generation to become curious and excited to learn about people who come from different backgrounds. Our small team of represents three different countries and continents (Australia, the United States and Great Britain) and we met through our work on the refugee crisis, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, which is home to more displaced people per capita than any other country in the world. 

While working in the camps, Sojourn began to ask herself, “What if the world knew they were just like us? What if people could just see people, no matter what nationality, background, or religion?" Each of us shared this desire to see a more connected, less divided world, and so we joined forces to bring Every Girl to life - a book we believe can be used as a tool to teach children about the beauty in our differences. 

Once we knew what we wanted to do, we immediately started writing the first 50 stories and approaching publishing agents. Several of them in the U.K. and The Netherlands have shown great interest. One agent representing the largest publisher in the U.K. told us, "The only thing standing in the way of Every Girl becoming an instant best-seller, is the fact that you have not delivered the manuscript to my office yet."  BIG words from someone who gets thousands of pitches each month! 

No problem, we thought! This is where our community comes in.

By participating in our campaign, you’ll not only be the first to get the book, you'll also be helping us to commission the artist, complete the text, and get the best license for printing and distribution. 

Thank you!
Thank you!

Don’t worry though, we haven't forgotten where we came from or why we started. Once a licensing agreement is made and we begin selling the book to the general public, we have committed to donating 25% of all profits to our project partners www.salamuk.org, and their programs supporting women’s empowerment. 

N.B. This does not include funding raised on kick starter. Backers will receive their copy of Every Girl before any sales to the general public.

We have really cool rewards for our supporters, developed with the mission of creating a more connected society. If you can't decide which one you want, don't! You can have them all! 

THE KEEPSAKE POSTCARD - One of the women from our stories will send you a hand-written thank you postcard from their country. 

THE EVERY GIRL COLOURING BOOK - Your kiddies will get the chance to bring our magnificent women to life, by giving them a personal touch of colour and style. 

THE LITTLE EXPLORER'S COOK BOOK - This digital cookbook includes unique recipes for children, from cultures and traditions all around the world. 

SOUNDS OF PEACE-  This is a very special, true story about Heba, a young Syrian refugee girl we met during our time in Lebanon. Heba is from Homs and now lives with her family in a refugee settlement in the Bekaa Valley. Since moving to the camp, she has discovered a talent for music. She learns the accordion and her teacher says she really stands out, despite her circumstances. This is the story of what music has done for Heba and her family.

EVERY GIRL T-SHIRT- Say it LOUD! Let the world know we are all connected with the #IAMEVERYGIRL T-shirt.

 EVERY GIRL E BOOK-  You'll receive a full copy of the 'Every Girl' e-book, which includes all 200 short stories and pictures, in digital form. 

EVERY GIRL DEDICATION PAGE- We'll include a special dedication page for you or your loved one, which will feature in every print edition of Every Girl - meaning you'll become an eternal part of the Every Girl legacy.

School Box Project
School Box Project

TWO FOR YOU, TWO FOR CHARITY - You'll get 2 signed copies of 'Every Girl', and we'll send two copies to vulnerable children participating in The School Box Project -  A 501(c)(3) organization that provides mobile, trauma-sensitive education, art and play opportunities for children living in refugee camps throughout Greece. 

Learn more here on the School Box Project website.

 https://www.schoolboxproject.org/what-we-do/

Meet The Women
Meet The Women

MEET THE WOMEN OF EVERY GIRL: Get a video call from one of the women in our stories. We'll connect you with one of the women from the region of the world your child is most curious about, and do our best to accommodate specific country requests. You and your child will get a 45-minute chat with the woman and she will also send a personalised postcard afterwards. 

*Please note this is intended for children & families.

STRETCH FOR THE STARS! 

If we hit all our stretch goals, every copy of the book (orders of £55 and over) will come with an extra reward. Our stretch goals and each reward level are listed below!

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£85,000 -

Every Girl Journal - This Kid is Going Places

This journal will give your kiddo or you (the big kid) a place to write down your own stories, or maybe just a spot to plan for your next big adventure!

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£110,000 - 

Audiobook of Every Girl 

We want to make the book available for everyone as soon as we can! By hitting this second stretch goal, we can develop the audio version in the first run, meaning visually impaired children and adults will also be able to enjoy Every Girl.

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£200,000 

Every Girl Conference 2018 

You'll be invited to an all day event with representatives from the book. This event will be filled with cultural exchange, talks and traditional dishes. You will hear from industry leaders on topics regarding human rights, gender, equality and the importance of diversity in our globalised society. We will also run skills and learning breakout sessions 

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Team Work. Dream Work.
Team Work. Dream Work.

 

We're just a buncha crazy girls with a big dream! Nothing more, nothing less. 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The risk are very low.

Our team has been in the business of journalism and large-scale project management for more than 10 years.

Sojourn Wallace, the creator of Every Girl has lived in seven countries. Most recently, you can find her in London, England, where she worked as an executive for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sojourn has a master's degree in international relations, INGO management and a bachelor's degree in design. Sojourn has managed and executed nearly a dozen, large-scale crowd-funded projects, the most notable oh which was Off Track Health - a medical center located in Lesvos, Greece. Off Track Health's medical clinic brought in over £200,000 from more than 500 backers that enabled treatment for thousands of vulnerable men, women and children.

Claire Read our editor, has been working as a journalist for the BBC for the last five years, first for the Arabic Service in Cairo and then, as a foreign news field producer across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is in charge of making sure we have a well-trained group of story tellers on board at all times, that the stories we get are wide-ranging and revealing, and that they are screened and age appropriate. She has a master's degree in journalism and speaks Arabic, French and Spanish (and English - the British kind).

Danielle Deschaine, our content manager, has worked as a digital content producer and manager for CBS, Bacardi, The T.J. Martell Foundation, and Remy-Cointreau. She is currently freelancing for NBC and Ralph Lauren, traveling the world and finishing her master's degree at Marist College.

Alethea Pascoe, our intern and project manager, has spent much of the last four years traveling through Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. She is currently completing her studies in Spain in the field of human rights law, social and environmental politics, religion, anthropology and Spanish.

Using our academic, personal and professional connections, we have been able to find women with stories to tell from 95% of the globe, and the means to reach the rest. We have the expertise on our team to execute this project to the highest quality.

THE HOW:
In order to mitigate any risks, we made sure of three key things before we went public:

1. We had the network and global reach to find amazing women with incredible stories they were willing to share.

2. That we had a proven framework that would allow us to continue to build a database of women.

3. Using an online submission process we have already managed to identify multiple candidates from even the smallest countries and this way are able to find the best quality content for the book.

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    EVERY GIRL KEEPSAKE POSTCARD

    One of the women from our stories will send you a hand-written thank you postcard from their country.

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    EVERY GIRL COLOURING BOOK

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    THE LITTLE EXPLORER COOK BOOK

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    #IAMEVERYGIRL T-SHIRT

    Say it LOUD! Let the world know we are all connected with the #IAMEVERYGIRL t-shirt. You will also receive a 'The Little Explorer Cook Book' and a hand-written thank you postcard from one of the women in our stories.

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    Sounds of Peace - E-BOOK

    You'll receve the book 'Sounds of Peace', which tells the story of Heba: a young Syrian girl and talented musician who dreams of a career in the arts. All that changed when Heba and her family were forced to flee Syria, due to the violent war that continues today. Now, on the other side of the border as a refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Heba holds tight to her dreams and eventually finds a way to reconnect with her Syrian music teacher and the music that kept her strong. You'll also receive 'The Little Explorer Cook Book' and a keepsake postcard.

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    EVERY GIRL E-BOOK

    You'll receive a full copy of the 'Every Girl' e-book, along with a personal thank you postcard from one of the women in our stories.

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    Every Girl 4 Volume Set

    You'll receive the complete set of 'Every Girl' with all 200 stories from one woman, from every country in the world. Along with Every Girl the book, we will also include a personal keepsake postcard from one of the women in our stories.

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    2 SIGNED HARD COPIES OF EVERY GIRL

    You'll get 2 signed copies of the 'Every Girl' hard cover, along with a personal thank you postcard from one of the women in our stories.

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    TWO FOR YOU & TWO FOR ME

    You'll get 2 signed copies of the 'Every Girl' hard copy, as well as two copies for vulnerable children participating in The School Box Project - a community initiative that brings reading to vulnerable children worldwide.

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    MEET THE WOMEN

    Along with two signed copies ‘Every Girl’ you’ll also get a video call from one of the women in our stories based on your regional preference and curiosity. She will spend 45 mins sharing cultures with you and your children and will send you a personal thank you postcard after your chat.

    *Please note, this is intended for children & families.

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    EVERY GIRL FOR EVERYONE

    You’ll get 2 signed copies of the 'Every Girl' hard cover book, as well as 10 copies of ‘Every Girl’ for your school of choice. We will also provide the digital downloading rights for up to 50 registered school devices, so your school can share ‘Every Girl’ with every student.

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    BE A PART OF EVERY GIRL

    You’ll receive a hard cover ‘Every Girl' and have your name written on the hearts and pages within forever. With a special dedication page for you or your loved one, your dedication will be included in every print & edition, making you an eternal part of the Every Girl legacy.

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