Let’s participate!

Well, while we were looking for sponsors, grants and other stuff, we entered in a few illustration contests. We thought that anyway, we had nothing to lose, and it ended up being quite fun! We are motivated by this project, and it was really gratifying, even though we didn’t win.

So here are Janyce’s drawings for the “Trophée de la Création de Clairfontaine”, where we had to create a design for a brand making notebooks and drawing pads :

And for the “Salon du Livre de Paris 2012” (Paris Book Fair):

Yep, it was made with love, to help out our project, but also just because we enjoy drawing!

Ulule, done.

We are so happy to let you know that thanks to you and your support (yeah! We got more than 1200 euros on Ulule), we are about to buy all the electronic stuff we need for our project: soon we will be able to film everything, to create short videos of our meetings with the children of the world, to update this blog from everywhere … And I’m pretty sure we will also be able to buy part of the travel equipment needed for our little adventure! So I really really want to thank every single one of you who supported us last month!

First, thank you Mom, Dad, Bro’ (for letting me go and supporting this insane idea), Isa, Jean-Paul, Valérie, Martha and Lisa, Bernard, Evelyne, Jean-François and Régis, Marie-Pierre, Eva, Aldanjah and Marie-Pierre J. Thanks to all my friends, who have to cope with me while I organize this trip: Bénou, Cid, Julie, Noémie, Lucie, Ingrid, Caro, Robert, Alex et Coralie, Marie-Gaetane, Clémence, Mylène, Julie, Elena, Anne, Maguelone, Lisa, and Peggy. Finally, thanks again to Fab and Madmoizelle.com!

Also, we’d like to thank SOMFY for sponsoring us!

Oh, and a little sneak peak of the first rewards almost ready to be sent to our dear supporters, to prove that the balladeers keep their word (and to make the others jealous)! =)

Can you guess what myth it is? ;D

So many thanks!

OK, so, how can I say this without looking completely insane? I have to tell you that since yesterday, there’s only joy and thankfulness in my heart, I only see blue and pink poneys and rainbows and I just want to thank you all for your support! We made it to the 1000 euros on Ulule, 10 days early, thanks to you, my friends and family, to the magazine Madmoizelle.com, and to you, all the people I don’t know in person, but who chose to believe in our project! I am so happy, because it shows us that we are not alone in this huge enterprise.

Our project is still on Ulule for 8 more days, if you want to join in too! =)


The Balladeers on the web

Here’s some exciting news: after a few weeks of research and writing, we’re now on the verge of creating a nonprofit organization that will help us support and prepare our project even more efficiently. It’s a big step for us and we will let you know how it goes very soon! This is why we’ve been so active on the web lately, creating our Twitter account, and our own Facebook page. We’re also writing – in french – on the CIC Jeunes Expat’ wall every two weeks.

Meanwhile, we are preparing our trip, and writing and drawing some of the myths we will tell to the kids! =)

It’s growing.

Our little egg on ulule is half full now. It feels good! But we still need your help, we have to fill the other half now in the next 26 days! We count on you. =)

To thank our first supporters, and to encourage you to give us YOUR support, here’s a little gift: My first stop motion video! I hope you’ll like it: Growing Tree

Tweeting the Tale

Hey! Have you seen? You can now follow the Three Balladeers on Twitter! It will be an easy way to let you know quickly and briefly where we are and what we’re doing. Maybe we’ll try to tell stories in less than 140 characters!

From now on, you may find the latest news on the sidebar on the right of the page, and you can follow us by clicking on the “Follow” button or by looking for @ThreeBalladeers on Twitter.

We need you!

The last few weeks of 2011 have been pretty busy: we presented our project on Ulule.com, the website that wants to “make good things happen”! You can now find our project (in French only, sorry!) at this address: http://www.ulule.com/mythes/

It’s easy: you can make a donation – how much you can or want – to help us and our project, and you will get a gift from us! We will get your donations only if we manage to get over 1000 euros. We’ve already received 290 euros, and now, we need your help: you have 39 days to help us get to 1000 euros.

We count on your help and generosity! If you like our project and wish to help us, just click on the link, and give us whatever you want before February, 8th. And please, share the link and talk about it with your relatives and friends, they could be interested! =)

See you soon, after we have created our non profit organization for the ancient cultures and civilizations!

Best wishes for 2012: may your dreams come true!

Good News!

We finally got the results back for the contest organized by the CIC bank on facebook: We are so happy to tell you we won the second prize! The judges decided to offer us the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We will collect our prize soon, and we can’t wait to meet the 3 other winners.

This first positive return is really thrilling: this enhances our belief in the educational and cultural interest of our project and proves to us that people see it too and are ready to help us to make it happen. It’s with our enthusiasm renewed that we keep on looking for sponsors!

Talk to you soon, with more encouraging news!

Looking for partnerships

Alongside the beginning of a new school year, at the Sorbonne University for Erika and Janyce and at Bard College for Andrew, came the never ending research for sponsors and partners interested in our project.

Days go fast as we run all over Paris and surf all over the Internet on the lookout for people, organizations, brands who could help us make this project work! At the beginning of October, we put up a proposal for a subvention from the Students Solidarity Funds at the Sorbonne; and we are on the verge of maybe making it to the top-ten in a contest organized by the CIC bank on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeunes.expat?sk=app_225915147448259 (“voir les projets” > look for Janyce Desiderio > like it !). We could win a thousand euros for plane tickets, or a computer!

Also, Erika and Janyce were thinking about maybe contacting a school in Paris to do another try out of the project, to show the way we intend to actually accomplish this project, and thus prove to people who would consider helping us that it can really be done, and has the impact we think it could have. We can’t wait to share stories, drawings and our time with these children!

What’s next? Good news we hope!