Ara Becomes Thundergirl
One of the first things Ara does when she discovers she has superpowers is to buy a homeless man lunch with her pocket money.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a burden for the less privileged – particularly the homeless. While I tried to show love in little ways, like
buying lunch for, and giving unused clothes directly to people living on the streets, as I grew older and started my family, I’m not proud to say that these
occurrences reduced in frequency. There was always a reason for not being able to do this - be it rushing to meet nursery / school pick up times or to make it into the office on time.
I decided to write this book for the following reasons:
- I wanted a way to introduce my kids to the concept of kindness and self-awareness in a fun way.
- I wanted a means to be able to donate to, and support a cause close to my heart – in perpetuity.
- I wanted to create a superhero, of African heritage, to give BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) children a kind and loving character they could relate to.
I am pleased to say Sheni & Teni Ltd has partnered with Centrepoint, and will be donating 10% of the proceeds from sales of this book to help alleviate the impact of homelessness in the UK.
Sponsoring even just one person - giving them a roof over their head and a meal for one day - will make a world of difference; although I hope we can do much more than this, with your help.
We have committed to donating 1 box of our puzzle sets to 20 nursery settings and preschools as chosen by YOU (via our Instagram page) between now and the end of 2020. We strongly believe it is important to:
- diversify the play spaces in our nurseries,
- provide a means of much needed ethnic representation; and
- open up conversations with children on the topic of diversity and inclusion, differences in backgrounds and ethnicities, and to celebrate and welcome these differences. The short stories included act as the perfect prompt to do just this.
This has become ever so important today as difficult conversations are being had, opening up learning opportunities on the topic of racism, not just in the US, but here in the UK and indeed all over the world.
If you would like join the conversation, and sponsor a donation to the school of your choice - please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!