In September 2019, we successfully published VOICE’s first book, A Definition of Snow, a collection of powerful stories of 14 incredible people working or volunteering in social, humanitarian or peace-related fields in their own countries or region all around the world.
It is available as a paperback in bookstores and online, for example on Amazon, Thalia or Hugendubel. You can also get the ebook version at various websites, including through Amazon (kindle), Thalia (Tolino), Apple Bookstore (iBook) and Playstore (Google Books).
Since publishing A Definition of Snow, we have been working on two new projects, a book on our partner in Tanzania, Sasa Foundation, and a sequel to VOICE’s first book. Unfortunately, Corona changed plans. Hence, we had to cancel Tanzania and are now focusing on a new publication with the working title Shifting Lines. We are already talking to some incredible people from around the world, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda. To find out more and get insights on the writing process stay up to date on our social media channels!
Since February 2016, our team of eleven members has been working tirelessly to collect the stories of inspiring individuals from all over the world. Our writers come from all corners of the earth and many different fields – from doctors in Bolivia to humanitarian workers in South Sudan and Kenya, from a West African UN peacekeeper in Liberia or an International Red Cross Medical Delegate in Asia to a Lebanese teacher. Our writers have very different stories to tell, very different experiences to share, and very difficult challenges to tackle. A Definition of Snow brings their voices together.
These stories by individuals, conveying their experiences in their field of work, are mostly unavailable in Western countries. But they are highly important – and they should be told by those who experienced them and continue to experience them on a daily basis. With foreign aid workers´ stories usually being the only narrative available, the voices of individuals from the country or region, who work in these fields every day of their lives, are mostly unheard. Our contributors are not professional writers – many of them have never written a story before. They are able to tell a story that no-one else could tell.
They write about the challenges of being a female medic in rural areas fighting against rape, domestic violence and the difficulty of patients unable to afford any treatment. They write about overcoming the traumatic experience of fleeing their country and their wish to return to rebuild. They write about trying to improve the lives of those around them. Of overcoming challenges and of their hopes for the future. Their stories are uniquely powerful, honest and thought-provoking and challenge us as readers to pause and think, and to question their own and others´ perceptions in a unique way.
One of VOICE's seven principles is non-profitability. Any profits made by the book sales of A Definition of Snow will be donated to PEN International. PEN is an international humanitarian and rights organisation that works to support literature, education, and the freedom to write and read in over a hundred countries around the world - including all the countries our writers come from. By donating our profits to PEN, we want to take our aim of projecting voices forward. PEN not only defends free expression worldwide, but also protects writers at risk, supports writers in exile and promotes linguistic rights. With our donated profits, we want to help promote cultural understanding, fight for persecuted writers, support civil society and build education programmes worldwide - all of these are crucial in setting the preconditions for individuals such as our VOICE writers to be able to share their stories, and to do so safely. If you would like to find out more about PEN, visit their website: www.pen-international.org.
VOICE, Voices Of Individuals Conveying Experiences, is a project aiming at telling the stories of individuals dedicating their time to working or volunteering in social, humanitarian, and development fields in their native country or region. For more information, get in touch via the contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep up to date with VOICE, sign up to our newsletter.