Everything started in the Fall of 2017...

 

Upon returning from Kakamega, Kenya in August 2017, where I did my Capstone project for the Global Competence Certificate with World Savvy, I started to plan the book project.  Sophie, a cartoon character I created a few years ago, was used for the hand-drawn posters to reinforce the information we attempted to deliver to the local communities in Kakamega.  Sophie was very loved by the villagers and the information was accepted well. I knew I had to continue the mission. 

After the announcement was made to the Lake Forest Academy community, a large group of students showed interest in this book project. We finalized the group to ten talented students. All of them are girls! Two of them have already graduated from LFA in 2018 and 2019. They all were very committed students. We met regularly in the afternoon whenever there was a half-day of school. Even though all of the students were busy with school work, sports, and other extracurricular commitments, each girl tried her best to contribute to the project. I am so grateful for every team member's contribution! In particular, the three project managers- Keyra English '18, Julia Kanuz,'19 and Cher Li '20,  figured out work timelines, sent out emails, managed fundraising activities with other team members, in addition to their personal tasks in this project. 


I also wanted to express gratitude on behalf of our team, to the LFA community.  LFA supported and helped us raise approximately $400 to help get the book published, printed and distributed to the communities in need in Kenya!  

                                                                                                                                                                         ---Yue Chen 

Sophie was in the presentation of HIV prevention and treatment in Kakamega, Kenya 2017 (GCC 2017 cohort, Sarah and Sharon)

Sophie was in the presentation of HIV prevention and treatment in Kakamega, Kenya 2017 (GCC 2017 cohort, Yuna and Yue)

Sophie was in the presentation of HIV prevention and treatment in Kakamega Kenya 2017 (GCC 2017 cohort, Gina)

Storyboard of the 1st draft 

Storyboard of the 1st draft 

one of the sketches for the character of Bavana 

working photo-----Students work to make greeting cards for a fundraiser 

working photo---Project members color pages in the book  

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