9 years ago my husband and I adopted our beautiful daughter. After having completed the whole process we were told that she had to remain in her native country for still some time until the paperwork was ready. She was about three years old and I feared that she’d feel abandoned if we just left. Not being able to communicate in her language, I wrote and drew a small book to explain that we weren’t giving her up or leaving her behind, encouraging her to not lose hope. I then asked one of the translators to write the same text in my daughter’s language and begged the caregivers to read the little book to her everyday in the hope that she wouldn’t feel so lonely.
Now, almost 9 years later, that same story has been published for other parents and other children under the title KARIBOO. The book is still bilingual, combining different languages: Russian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Chinese, Hindi and Polish so far, with the main story and illustrations in the language of the kid and a smaller version at the back in the language of the parents in an attempt to help others in a similar situation. The illustrations have been made by a Swiss artist who also learned about international adoptions in her own life.
Kariboo spreads optimism, hope and self-confidence. As such, not only adopted children love it as it can also help biological children understand a little bit of the fear and anguish their siblings or friends experienced in their lives.
I hope Kariboo brings hope and optimism to thousands of children all around the world.
And that they can also… enjoy life… all of it, J.