HELLO!

HELLO!

Hello and welcome!

Let us introduce ourselves: Tales of Us is a youth education and conservation project.

We’re developing storytelling workshops for some of the most magical and endangered places on the planet.

By teaching the children there how they can share their story’s we end up learning much more from them then they could learn from us.

And we take their stories with us, so that kids everywhere can learn about the world beyond their horizon.

Kids learning from other kids, about the planet.

By learning about the breathtaking biodiversity of today, children are better equipped to preserve our planet, as the adults of tomorrow.

And we’re starting off in the Odzala­ Kokoua National Park in Congo!

ABOUT

ABOUT

Remember the “why” stage you went through as a kid? Constant questions and a desire to figure things out? Well, Tales Of Us LOVES that stage!

Educational topics such as conservation, wildlife, the cosmos and more, to be discovered in a fun and playful way. Even better is, these stories are authentic, as they’re drawn from storytelling workshops given to children that live in the most remote and magical places on the planet.

Kids learning interactively from other kids, about the planet.

Mission:
Our mission is to empower and connect children from all corners of the world to learn about nature and the environment from each other.

Tales Of Us is a place for children to learn about the breathtaking biodiversity of the planet today, so they can preserve the planet, as the adults of tomorrow.

Why:
“Will we see the end of the planet and the human race in our lifetime?”

This was once just a question for science fiction novels. But now, pollution and consumption is putting the planet in serious danger. Protecting the planet for future generations is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Saving our unique and beautiful landscapes and biodiversities is crucial.
This project aims to be a part of that positive initiative, offering kids an understanding of why conservation efforts are important and what is at stake. Save the future! Discover the world beyond your horizon!

Our Values:
We are driven by a desire to promote sustainability, conservation and connection among children from all over the world.

Authentic Voices in Play:
We believe in the transformative power of storytelling. Whether participating in one of our storytelling workshops in the Congo, or visiting one of the scheduled Tales of Us events back in Europe, play and creativity are crucial to early childhood development.

Sustainability:
This is a conservation focused effort, and we try to work sustainably in all we do. For example, all the materials in our workshops use what can be found naturally in the forest and communities we work with.

Collaboration:
We don’t assume we know best. We work with education specialists and  local community leaders to develop pedagogical workshops that suit each environment.

Empathy and Understanding:
We aim to foster openness and understanding, across cultures, over the horizon.

Locally sensitive teaching methods:
Our workshops work only with similar materials and resources that a local educator would also have. We use natural and locally found materials only for our workshops. No extravagant props or aides that a local educator wouldn’t have.

NEWS

30
Mar 2016
Welcome to our Website!

Welcome to our brand new website, thank you for your visit. “Tales of Us’’ is Storming Donkey Productions new project. We’re very happy to start making you acquainted with our project and the future steps. This is our news section, up from now we will frequently update you on the latest tales of “Tales of Us”.    

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28
Mar 2016
Portraits of characters made by Pygmies

We were invited to workshop with the Pygmies! The kids that live in the village had never seen a brush before, or acrylic paint. Never created a character, never told a story before. It was beautiful to see them experimenting and expressing themselves like that for the first time (of many times!). Pieter Henket made incredible portraits of the happy kids during the process:   And with this video, you can feel the mood of the workshop:

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27
Mar 2016
From the teacher I

From Deborah’s diary: When Eva, Astrid, Pieter and Roger arrived, I already knew where and when we were going to do our next workshop: in the platform at Ngaga. It’s an amazing place in the middle of the forest, with lots of space to work and with a great atmosphere to tell stories and learn about conservation. Aisha (the coordinator of the teachers at Sanza Mobimba) selects ten kids, the ones she thought had more inclination to creativity. We start the workshop and the kids are unusually quiet and concentrated while drawing. It gets everyone’s attention. I ask around if there’s something wrong and Aisha explains that is because they don’t want Read more

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25
Mar 2016
OUR FIRST RESEARCH JOURNEY!

During the last week of November we had the opportunity to make our first research journey to the Republic of Congo. A small delegation of the “Tales of Us” team made the long journey to one of the most remote places in the world: The Odzala Kokua park. Here we got to know the future storytellers of our project – the children living in the rural village named ‘Mbomo’. Curious to learn a little more about these first meetings? Take a peek here and read a passage of Deborah’s diary of these days.

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HOW

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Here’s How We Work:

Part 1:

The Tales Of Us team works collaboratively with local community leaders to design and run creative workshops for children in the world’s most beautiful, important and remote locations, starting with the Odzala National Park, Congo.

Part 2:

During the workshops, children explore and express the story of their natural environment. This involves teamwork, discussion, play, creativity, observation, analytical skills and more.

Part 3:

The ‘Tales of Us’ that come out of the workshops are documented by the children directly, and by the project team. This takes the form of film, interviews, photography, and content in the Tales of Us mobile app, such as games, animations and quizzes.

Part 4:

Children in non-remote, non-endangered environments can learn about the world beyond their horizon, using the mobile and web application.

 

TEAM

TEAM

Deborah Rodrigues
Teacher

Deborah is our teacher. She teaches children about storytelling, through playing and Character Design.

Deborah Rodrigues
Deborah Rodrigues
Teacher
Deborah Rodrigues
Teacher

Deborah is our teacher. She teaches children about storytelling, through playing and Character Design.

Pieter Henket
Photographer

Pieter is developing an unique concept for the photography of our project.

Pieter Henket
Pieter Henket
Photographer
Pieter Henket
Photographer

Pieter is developing an unique concept for the photography of our project.

Astrid Schimmelpenninck
Education Specialist

Astrid has developed the current educational program being taught to the children in the Odzala Kokua Park.

Astrid Schimmelpenninck
Astrid Schimmelpenninck
Education Specialist
Astrid Schimmelpenninck
Education Specialist

Astrid has developed the current educational program being taught to the children in the Odzala Kokua Park.

Eva Vonk & Stefanie Plattner
Producers

Eva & Stefanie are Tales of Us's producers. They've initiated the project under the umbrella of Steffi's company: Storming Donkey Productions.

Eva Vonk & Stefanie Plattner
Eva Vonk & Stefanie Plattner
Producers
Eva Vonk & Stefanie Plattner
Producers

Eva & Stefanie are Tales of Us's producers. They've initiated the project under the umbrella of Steffi's company: Storming Donkey Productions.

PARTNERS

PARTNERS

Sabine Plattner African Charity

The Tales of Us – Odzala Storytellers team will work closely together with Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC). The SPAC has invited Storming Donkey Productions to collaborate on a project to increase the awareness about The Second Largest Coherent Rainforest Region on Earth.

The international charitable organization SPAC is intimately involved in community based social development through education and conservation in the north west of the Republic of Congo.

Around Odzala-Kakoua National Park the construction of SPAC community centers provides space and technical support to enable, educate and empower children, youth and their parents, who survive in an extremely challenging environment.

SPAC takes responsibility for the living environment, and the respectful symbiosis between nature, wildlife and man. SPAC is supportive in finding access to severely limited social infrastructure (educational institutions, health care etc.).

SPAC supports and strengthens regional structures for environmental protection, and helps communities cope with the difficulties of everyday life. They promote local action to preserve the rainforest in a global context Embedded in SPAC education programs; and live by the idea of sustainable ecosystems and wildlife protection, while supporting regional infrastructure. SPAC follows a comprehensive approach: strengthening the people in the communities close to the park, allowing them to become protectors of their own families as well as of the rainforest and its animals.

Congo Conservation Company

Tales of Us is also proud to receive backing from the Congo Conservation Company. Their knowledge and infrastructure will help the Story teller team find their way trough the magical Odzala forest.

The Congo Conservation Company is proud to pioneer eco-tourism in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzavile). At Odzala Discovery Camps you have the privilege and thrill of observing one of our closest relatives and other rainforest wildlife in safety and comfort. Ngaga Camp and Lango Camp are intimate, sensitively constructed camps that blend expertly into their surrounds. Each has splendid communal areas and six beautiful guest suites, all made from locally sourced materials. Ngaga camp is particularly enthralling as it is located in a marantaceae clearing, each suite raised 3 to 4 metres above the forest floor with vistas at the height of the tree canopy. Lango camp is situated close to the Lekoli River and has elevated decks connected by timber walkways. It looks out over Lango Bai where various animals, particularly forest buffalo congregate. The elusive forest elephant also visits, and often at night can be heard feeding on the trees next to the bungalows. Our newest camp, Mboko Camp, offers visitors breathtaking views of the interface between the tropical rainforest and grassland savannah where hundreds of towering termite mounds help create an otherworld experience. Daily excursions from our camps offer a wide range of habitats, species and experiences during your stay. Whilst the main focus at Ngaga camp is gorilla trekking and gorilla research, Lango and Mboko camps offers a diverse range of experiences including guided walks through the rainforest and boating trips (motorized and kayaking) along the river in search of birds, primates and other iconic wildlife.

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