Annie and Kate's Fundraising Page!

About the Authors!

My name is Annie Cutler. I'm from South Portland, Maine and am currently an English major and History minor at Connecticut College.  Reading has been an extremely important part of my life and I want to share this passion to kids in a place where there is a lack of resources to acquire appropriate materials, which is why I decided to write a childrens book for my Independent Study Project.  One of my favorite books as a kid was Riptide by Frances Ward Weller.  

My name is Kate Leaf and I'm a junior at Colorado College. What sold me on SIT's study abroad program was the chance to write and illustrate a children's book... definitely my cup of tea. I'm looking forward to our month-independent study project because it will allow me to combine my love of working with kids, art and reading into one. It's hard for me to choose a favorite picture book since I loved so many, but I know I freqeuntly asked my mom to read both Stella Luna and the Berenstain Bears. Thanks for your support in this endeavor!

About the Book!

Although we're still figuring out the specific focus of our story, we intend to spend four weeks working with underprivelaged children ("street kids") in La Paz.  We are particularly interested in how art can be used both as a coping mechanism and as a way to tell one's story.  (aka, we want to paint with kids for a month).  We would love to incorporate the kids' art into our final book, and hope that this story will reflect the hopes and challenges of Bolivian kids living on the streets.


Kids' Books Bolivia

Most of the children’s books available in Bolivia are imported, expensive, inaccessible and culturally irrelevant. The majority of public schools do not have libraries. The books in this series are designed to celebrate Bolivia’s diversity and affirm the cultural identity of a people who hosted the authors with open arms.

All of the books in this series are bilingual (Spanish and English) and some are trilingual in one of Bolivia’s 36 indigenous languages. They serve to celebrate Bolivian reality and raise awareness about Bolivia’s rich cultures and pressing social issues.

The books are written for children grades K-6.  They are also excellent tools for Spanish language learners of any age.  At the end of each book is a section appropriate for parents, teachers or older children describing in more detail what the author learned about the research topic on which the story is based.

To find out more about Kids´Books Bolivia and to see books published by former students, visit the website at:

Why are we raising money for this project?

We must raise at least $700 to have this book published. The minimum amount of books that we can publish is 500 books. What will we do with 500 books? The majority of the books will be distributed to elementary schools, organizations, and libraries in Bolivia, where there are little children's books to be had. We sell them in the United States for $6.95 so our director can afford to give them away, or sell them for a lower price, in Bolivia.  


To find out more about my specific study abroad program, SIT Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change please visit:

What is SIT Study Abroad Global Reciprocity Fund?

I’ve recently returned from a semester abroad. I spent that time deeply engaged in the local community, studying with local faculty, living with homestay families, and gaining a deep appreciation and understanding for the local culture, language and critical issues of the area.

This experience has transformed my life. It’s now time for me to give back to the local community that gave me so much. This is a concrete way for me to give back.

We would really appreciate your help as we try to fundraise from abroad. You can either make a donation through the SIT website or pre-oder a book for 6.95. Thanks!

Also, please bookmark this page if you’re interested in keeping track of my progress as I approach the fundraising deadline. I encourage you to browse the rest of this website so you can learn more about SIT Study Abroad and The Global Reciprocity Fund.



Annie and Kate