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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Yasmin’s Journey: A Refugee Story

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Yasmin’s Journey is a Risograph printed, limited-edition art/children’s book sharing the story of Yasmin, an eight year old refugee who is forced to flee her home to seek safety.  Full of messages of courage bravery, kindness and friendship, the story captured in Yasmin’s Journey is designed to educate, encourage empathy and to convey aspects of the journey, through rhyme, in a way that children will understand, whilst still remaining child-friendly and appealing to adult readers.

They will be setting the edition number based on how many backers they receive and it will be printed using a Risograph machine. Risograph printing produces a vibrant and tactile finish that is very similar to screen-printing, but much less time-consuming, more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.  It is a stencil printer with a unique “textured” aesthetic, each colour is printed one at a time, passing the paper through the printer multiple times to create layers in a similar way to screen printing.  Part of the joy of the process is the “imperfections” that occur during printing. These slight mis-registrations during the printing process will make each book unique, and a piece of art. Areas where colours overlap create new colour blends, creating a hand-made feel. The soy based inks are delicate meaning that the books need to be cared for to avoid smudging, they wanted this book to feel like a unique piece of art, something to treasure.

As of December 14th, this project has raised $1,500 of their $4,031 goal. This project has 27 days left to raise the $4,031 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $7, you will get five postcards.  For a pledge of $40, you will get one copy of the book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: