In september 2010, we had to find out everything about the intricate international surrogacy process. It was a hard journey, full of ups and downs, of experience and learning, but best of all, plenty of joy.
In April 2012, when our boy was born and our hearts were full of happiness, we planned to devise a way to make this venture more friendly and better guided for other families following the process.
First, we created the blog parejade3.com including all the information we would have liked to have before starting our process. When we got better acquainted with the subject, we made up our minds to support the cause for our children’s rights more actively by appearing on tv, the press and radio. We have also become active members of the Son Nuestros Hijos non-profit association fighting for the public familiarization and regulation of this assisted reproduction technique in our country.
In addition, we created Mylittler.com a website meant to offer everything we would have liked to have at hand when we went through our first surrogation process, together with that we would like to use to explain our children their birth.
Our first project consisted on E-cards designed to brighten-up the relationship with the woman who helps raise our families. They are simple, meaningful, loving messages written to send news or just express feelings occurring to the participants of the process. These are already available (for free) on our website.
When we began our search for the best way to tell our son about his birth, we found many books explaining surrogation from a technical or an adult’s perspectives. Every book we read focused mainly on the unhappiness caused by the incapacity to bear a child and the difficulties to go through a surrogation process… the child appearing only at the end of the story… but that was not the way we wanted our children to face their background.
So, hands on, I explored the exciting world of the illustrated albums, learned to write stories for children, looked into new formats, illustrations, language, and, particularly, how to reach children as readers. After a lot of writing and edition “Dotty’s way home” was finished.
As an experienced graphic designer, I knew that I had to find a professional to give my words life. I met Aurora Portillo, a very talented illustrator who read the story and became 100% involved with it, so she drew the characters Dotty, Hope and Lucy.
The story begins when two parents send a bird named Hope to wake up Dotty to start his trip home. But things do not work as they should, so together they start the adventure to find another way to meet with his parents who are waiting for him. Eventually, with the help of the cute Quokkas and Lucy, Dotty succeeds to find the way to reach his destination. The illustrations are endearing, full of color and textures. The book modelling was made with love and care.
We know there are families like us around the world so we would like this book to be a contribution to the standardization of these kind of families. Our aim is to offer it to many children born by surrogacy and we need your help to get the funding to fulfill the last stage, printing the book.
That ‘s why we have started this kickstarter campaign: We want to print 600 copies of the book, 300 in English and 300 in Spanish, Deluxe edition: 22 x 22 cm, 72 pages approx. (5 chapters), matt lamination hard cover, full color.
The books are almost ready to send to press, only missing your names!
(*) We will choose the illustrations for the postcards during the campaign with all the sponsors.
(**) There will be 10 illustrations for you to choose.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
We have invested time and effort to get here... if we do not get the funds to print the book, we will take longer to have this tool available to parents like us.
The greatest challenge is to manage to reach all those families and capture their interest.
The risk might be to get greater demand than forecast stock. For that we should be able to adjust the printing in progress.
On the other hand, we should try to make the delivery terms as short as possible, as well as, be prepared to cope with any inconvenience caused by it.
RIESGOS Y DESAFÍOS
Hemos invertido tiempo, esfuerzos y recursos para llegar hasta aquí… si no conseguimos el dinero para su impresión, tardaremos más en tener esa herramienta que podría ser útil a todos los padres que, como nosotros, quieren comenzar a transmitirle sus orígenes a sus hijos e hijas nacidos por gestación subrogada.
El mayor desafío es lograr llegar a todas estas familias y captar su interés.
Como riesgo, puede pasar que las familias interesadas en apoyar nuestro proyecto sobrepasen el stock previsto. Si eso sucede, creemos que podremos ajustar el tiraje sobre la marcha.
Por otro lado, intentamos que los tiempos de espera sean lo más ajustados a la realidad posible. Y también tener algún problema con algún envío… pero creemos que todo es solucionable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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