The Bukjeh Project
Each year around the world thousands of parents migrate in the hope of securing a better future for their children. Many families do not have a choice and many leave behind a treasured way of life and generations of tradition. On arrival, faced with the enormous task of adapting into a new community, memories can fade and customs can be forgotten…
If you are anything like me, then deep inside you have so many things to tell your children. You wish that they understood a little bit more about your culture and who they really are. When they say “but Mum, this is my home,” you are bursting to tell them everything and share all the feelings in your heart. But there are no words to explain!
This is why I have decided to write a series of books about a brave and curious girl called Amal, which in Arabic means hope, who embarks on a journey to understand where people come from, and to discover the mysterious “other home” that she hears her family talk about so often.
Along the way, Amal explores different cultures and her exciting adventures include making friends in refugee camps, dancing with newly-arrived neighbours, singing new songs she learns and cooking with grand-parents who long ago left their homes. She walks on their journeys, collecting their memories in her heart and asking questions to help children better understand how they can find their place in the world and to encourage migrant parents to talk about their own experiences.
Bukjeh’s Stories from Home has led me to collaborate with the exceptionally talented illustrator Kamil Adil and Children Education specialist Alaa Taieh to create the very first book in the “Amal’ Journey ” series but first, we need your support!
Please support us if this is a story you would be happy to buy for your own family, or a friend, or you would love to see in your child’s school library.
This is our first stage of research, deep in people's journeys and experiences of leaving home, so we keep true to tell the stories with its owner's permission and get the best outcome that will make us all proud.
The fundraising will end on my 33rd Birthday, Would love your support to make it happen and support us keep going :)
Previous Bukjeh Events
Led by Palestinian artist Aseel Tayah, in collaboration with diaspora artists from Australia and around the world, Bukjeh is an installation in a disaster relief tent, and a series of short performances created with people who have been forced to leave their homes, in response to children's questions about refugees..
HISTORY & BACKGROUND
In Arabic, Bukjeh is a small pack of belongings carried by travellers and refugees. By inviting an audience into our suitcases, sacks and pockets, we are sharing our feelings, memories and experiences of home – and of having to leave it. Our stories define us and make us unique. The testimonies of those displaced in this ever-changing world are worth documenting and sharing with this, and future, generations. Bukjeh puts new and diverse communities and our stories front and centre for all to share. We are authors of our own stories, choosing which stories to tell and how to tell them – song, dance, poetry/spoken word, visual art, and more
An interactive installation and performance, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Profound and honest stories of migration and the refugee experience shared in a disaster relief tent; Bukjeh is a performance by the community, for the community. “When you have limited time left to leave your home, you grab the most valuable things you have in one sack, a bukjeh, and walk. When you are leaving a whole life behind and starting a new one, what do we decide to keep?”
Bukjeh connects people of all ages and backgrounds. We hope to empower people who might feel out of the conversation about the reasons and impacts of global migration because they do not know the ‘right’ questions to ask, or due to fear of saying the ‘wrong thing’. Bukjeh initiates a truly meaningful and personal connection between those who have been forced to leave their home and those who have not experienced so.
Workshops–Leading up to the performance, key artists from Bukjeh will work closely with the local community, exploring themes connected to Bukjeh. Each session is individually tailored to suit different audiences, delivered through multi-art forms – poetry/spoken word, dance and movement, music, design, visual arts. Outcomes from the workshop will be included in the performance. Suitable for ages 8+. No fee is required from participants to ensure inclusive participation. Bukjeh also aims to identify and collaborate with local community artists in 2 weekend residencies for creative development.