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The true story of a child's struggle with hunger, poverty, and war in El Salvador.
41 backers pledged $1,601 to help bring this project to life.

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Tim first heard Elmer share his story in September of 2009 and his words made a lasting impact. Since that day, we have grown to be friends and made it our goal to translate Elmer's story and share it with a wider audience.

That dream is finally becoming a reality. With countless hours of dedication and the help of numerous friends, the story has been translated and edited. We've added contextual footnotes and photos. We've formatted the text and designed the cover. We're set up to distribute through Amazon and a physical retail location. We're ready to put the story out there and give readers a chance to see the world through a new perspective! 

Through this Special Edition campaign, we hope to raise awareness for the book and the necessary funds for its publication. Startup costs include the initial print run, marketing expenses, publishing tools, and legal fees.

We'd like to invite you into this adventure and share an opportunity to understand the world of a child born into hunger. As Elmer says, the first step in addressing poverty is for the rich and the poor to get to know one another, to see that behind those social classes and stereotypes there is a real person.

"Elmer Hernan Rodriguez Campos offers a peek into a childhood shared by thousands of children born in Central America: marked by hunger, poverty, discrimination, and war. A fantastic storyteller, Elmer recounts his own memories of the place he calls La Costra, (“the Scab”), a municipal dump at the edge of San Salvador, his home for the first twelve years of his life, from 1969-1981.  

He and his older brothers find ways to defy their daily hunger and strife with creativity, humor, and great resilience. Elmer works to understand his generational poverty and the internal and external forces that keep his family downtrodden. As if these troubles were not enough, dead bodies begin to appear in the dump and Elmer’s family must struggle to survive a brutal civil war.

Readers begin to see life through the eyes of a starving child who is trying to find his place in a world that always seems to be against him. Elmer’s description of real hunger and poverty offers incredible insights to those of us who take our basic needs for granted. His challenging observations are intertwined with the innocence of a child who dreams of a different world."

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is the difficulty of marketing self-published books. Our biggest strength is the captivating power of this story. We've shared it countless times at classes, talent shows, campfires, and poetry readings. Every time the audience is struck by the story's imagery, humor, and depth. We will continue to share the book with schools, libraries, non-profits, and churches. We're confident that the story will speak for itself.

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    3 Special Edition paperbacks, 1 eBook, 1 print of Elmer's orginal artwork, 3 story-themed bookmarks

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    7 Special Edition paperbacks, 1 eBook, 3 prints of Elmer's original artwork, 7 story-themed bookmarks

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