Digital Hero Book Project: Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa Share Their Struggles and Successes
REPSSI’s Hero Book approach leads groups of children through a series of autobiographical storytelling and art exercises to find solutions to personal and social challenges they face. It has been used throughout sub-Saharan Africa for five years, primarily as a way of providing psychosocial care and support to children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and conflict.
In 2006, REPSSI initiated the Digital Hero Book project which creates tools and arranges for opportunities for young people who have made paper Hero Books to create digital versions and share them, if desired, online. As a partner in this work, the Center for Digital Storytelling facilitated a workshop with 7th grade learners in the Cape Town area. The following stories came out of this pilot Digital Hero Book workshop. For more information about Hero Book-making, please contact Jonathan Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org.