May 15, 2019

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International Day of the Book

Kooyman Curaçao, Aruba & Bonaire give out 50 Kurasonchi books to children’s foundations.

WILLEMSTAD/ORANJESTAD – World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. On this day, Kooyman Curaçao & Kooyman Aruba, asked their community to nominate their favorite children’s foundations to be able to receive a copy the multilingual children’s book. Kurasonchi, the creative work of authors Levi Silvanie (Curaçao) en Rosabelle Illes (Aruba), is the story about a passionate and energetic litte hart. One day Curasonchi decides he wants to be more than just a little hart. To do this, he starts exploring his own little body to experience new things such as his little nose, mouth, ears, eyes, and even his little hands and feet.

During his adventures Kurasonchi learns a lot of things, but the biggest lesson of all is that he realizes the importance of a SMALL heart in a BIG world!

Kurasonchi is a special book which consists of 5 languages; Papiamentu, Papiamento, English, Spanish and Dutch, and illustrations done by Jowy Maasdamme.

Seeing that all the first grade classes of all the primary schools of Curaçao and Aruba already received a copy of Kurasonchi on Valentine’s Day and on World Heart Day, Kooyman Curaçao, Aruba & Bonaire decided to hand out 50 copies to children’s foundations that benefit from the positive message of Kurasonchi.

After the massive submissions of nominations, the foundations on Curaçao, Aruba & Bonaire have been selected to receive a copy of the book. The foundations, among others, in Curaçao are; Child First Foundation, Happy Villa Curaçao, Pedagogia Kinderopvang, Huize Sint Jozef, Stichting Felis, Casa Manita, while in Aruba foundations such as, Tra’i merdia, Casa Cuna, Bon Nochi Drumi Dushi, YMCA Dakota y San Nicolas, Kiwanis Club of Aruba, Poliekliniek kindergeneeskunde, will be receiving a copy of Kurasonchi.


Kooyman Curaçao, Aruba & Bonaire are extremely proud & honored to be able to contribute to a positive youth development.  


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