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Communal children’s book



 The communal children’s book project was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, helping the progress of integration of immigrants.

Culture Power Station carried out through communal methods a children’s book which included both Somali and Finnish text, as well as watercolor paintings as illustrations. Contents of the book were created based on joint group discussions. Group in charge of the contents consisted of five people of Somali background and one illustrator of Iraqi background. Additionally the project had a coordinator and a layout designer.

Proofreading of the Somali language text was done in cooperation with the Northern Finland Somali Support Association (Pohjois-Suomen somalialainen tukiyhdistys). To ensure the text is easy to read and the contents of the stories are interesting cooperation has been done with immigrant families in the Meri-Toppila region, families found through MLL Kotipesä Toppila contacts.

The book revolves around two Somali children, Ali and Hani, and their everyday life in wintery Finland.

Ali Iyo Hani Xaywanka Eyjecel Yihin / Alin ja Hanin lempieläimet was published in 2019 and is still available free of charge / at the cost of postage through Culture Power Station.

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