Nanou's Promise: A Journey Beyond Hauling Water
Nanou wants to paint, just as Grandma Kaye does, with a painting feather. But Grandma says Nanou must go to school before learning to paint. “How can I go to school when I spend so much time hauling water?” Nanou wonders. See how she plots a way to get clean water close to home so that she has time to attend school and learn to paint with a feather just like Grandma.
This author-paper collage illustrated 32 page color children’s picture book is inspired by herARTS in Action's work in Burkina Faso for access to clean water, sanitation, and education in the village of Tiebele.
Since water and education are the story’s inspiration, 25 percent of profits from the sale of this book are donated to herARTS in Action for programming in Burkina Faso.
"One might not think a story about water can touch the heart, but Sarah Drake’s inspiring African-set story certainly does. It’s both touching and beautiful."
~Wil Haygood, author of The Butler
"Nanou has a dream, to go to school and to become an artist. This dream plays out every day in countries like Burkina Faso and artist Sarah Drake, through this wonderfully educational and beautifully illustrated book that you’re holding in your hands, is changing the world for good with her art. You can too simply by purchasing this charming little story for your loved one. The more we know about each other, the more we care about each other. And once you get to know Nanou, you’ll be changed for the better too!"
~Kristoffer Polaha, actor Wonder Woman 1984, Jurassic World 3, a Hallmark favorite, herARTS in Action Ambassador & Advocate
"Sarah Drake shows us that we can make the world a better place for all of us when we seek solutions to some of our problems through the eyes of a child. Nanou’s innocence got herself and the village where they needed to be."
~Eddah Mutua, PhD. Professor of Intercultural Communication, St. Cloud State University, MN
"Access to water and education are very important to the development of the girl child in Africa; thus, they are two of the 17 SDG goals of the United Nations. That speaks volumes about the work that Sarah is doing in Tiebele. Sarah’s goal is to bring awareness to the plight of the girl child in Africa, highlighting how access to education and water will help children like Nanou get an education so they can reach their God-given potential in life. Books For Africa comes alongside individuals like Sarah to provide books to support girls' education. I hope as you read Nanou’s Promise that you will be inspired by Nanou’s determination to go to school as well as her indomitable spirit."
~ Rosemond Sarpong Owens, former President & current Ambassador of Books for Africa