We are a group of 10 students from Lake Forest Academy, an independent high school in Lake Forest, IL. Our art teacher, Ms. Yue Chen created "Sophie," an illustrated cartoon character in 2013. She introduced the character to community members in Kakamega, Kenya in 2017 during her professional development trip to raise awareness about HIV prevention and treatment. Sophie was so well received in the communities that Ms. Chen brought an illustrated book project back to the Lake Forest Academy community. Students came together to continue her mission to help keep communities safe, even from thousands of miles away.
This book is easy to comprehend and is meant for people of all age groups to read and learn from. We hope that Sophie’s lessons will help keep readers healthy and safe.