“What Children say” by Pequeños Grandes Mundos

“There are things I do not know how to explain, so I draw them”

Malena lives in Kyoto and she was 7 years old when Mey and Ivanke met her. They asked her what she felt when she was drawing and this is exactly what she replied.

Today her words are part of “What children say”, a series of illustrations that fund the work of the non-profit organisation “Pequeños Grandes Mundos” (little big worlds)

Mey and Ivanke are illustrators, designers, teachers and love traveling and helping others, specially children.

They created  Pequeños Grandes Mundos in 2013 with the idea to approach art and all forms of artistic expression to those kids that usually cannot access to it.

Because art is not only able to develop their creativity and imagination, but also has the power to transform their reality and the way they understand the world.

Pequeños grandes mundos has travelled to far away rural schools, libraries in the middle of nowhere, orphanages, asylum centers, playgrounds, hospitals, squares and streets of more than 32 around the world.

In every of these places they have met children, but they have also learned how they live and how their communities are. Thanks to art, kids have been able to enjoy new tools of expression, to transform a little bit the world they perceive. Through art children have drawn their dreams but also their fears and without letting their culture apart, they have broaden the perception of the world and of themselves.

Juliana attended to one of their workshops in Argentina. She lives in a very poor and remote Guaraní community,  Mbya Guaraní Tekoa Miní, in Misiones. Not so long ago they had nothing, even a school. When they received the first aid, they invested it in having water, after that they asked for a school.

The assignment was to draw their house, because for anyone in this our first world, your home means refuge, a place where to feel safe. But Juliana drew not only her house, but the house of friends and family, because for a Guaraní home is her community and not the brick and mortar construction.

Lilian lives in Nairobi, África. Pequeños grandes mundos met her in a Hospital when she was recovering from an illness. Official Kenia Language is Suajili, but 12 years’ old Lilian was able to express herself also in English. They talk about dreams and the future and she said that what she would love is everybody talking the same language, so communication and dialog will be easier.

I cannot get enough of this project and all the stories involved. Go to their Facebook page: @littlebigworld, where you can read and learn about many other stories like Juliana or Malena’s.

It is another way of travelling, of learning and appreciate how children live in other parts of the world.

You can collaborate with Pequeños Grandes Mundos buying their beautiful illustrations “What the children say” in their web page or through Papel Picado Kids. All the profits will be used in funding their way of opening new worlds and ways of expression of little people.

My last story is Miltón’s, a little boy who lives in the Amazonia green forest of Perú. Miltón can climb to any tree in less than a minute and knows the sing of every bird and the track of any wild animal. But as a boy, he is also curious to know how other people live, how things are far away from trees and blue skies. There are some things that are difficult to understand, like people going to a shop for getting food and not recollecting or hunting it.

This is why, when one night Mey and Ivanke were talking amazed about the number of starts in the sky, Milton worrying asked: are there no starts in your country?

Let’s help Pequeños Grandes Mundos to fill with stars and color every part of the world.

And to Mey and Ivanke, thanks from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for making children happy, for giving them new ways of expression. The children of today are the grownups of tomorrow.