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under the mango tree - storytelling for elder rights

Under the Mango Tree: Storytelling for Elder Rights

Keyword: Elder Rights, Community Engagement & Art

Last year NEW brought together a Council of Elders to make art, share stories, and develop a coloring book for children that encourages discussion of elder rights in families.

After 6 weeks of interactive workshops on elder rights and storytelling, each newcomer senior was paired up with a peer to document a traditional story about elder rights from their culture and create artwork to illustrate the story; some of these stories make you laugh, and some of them just break your heart.

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Under the Mango Tree Colouring Book

All of these beautiful stories and artwork were used by the Council of Elders to start intergenerational dialogues on elder rights with their families.

This intergenerational colouring book is for seniors and children to spend quality time together - telling stories and colouring.

Created by the talented artists at the Council of Elders! With stories from Russia, Bangladesh, China and Antigua.

To be launched at our IWD potluck!


>> Preview: Under the Mango Tree Colouring Book Sample (PDF)


In addition, the Council of Elders planned and ran 16 community gatherings across the city within a week, connecting and educating other newcomer women and children around elder abuse prevention.

 “Under the Mango Tree” program is a nice way of storytelling and concept of building a relationship between the two generations. Further it provides an excellent opportunity to know and understand tradition and culture of various ethnic communities."

- A comment from one of the community gathering guests

under the mango tree community gatherings