Kitabna كتابنا means "our book" in Arabic (kitabna.org). Since September 2014, Kitabna has been writing, illustrating and publishing multi-lingual (Arabic-English / Kurdish-Arabic-English) children's books for children displaced by the sectarian violence in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and Jordan.
Author Helen Patuck spent one year developing the project in Lebanon before moving on to the refugee camps in France, Iraq and Jordan. Over 13,900 of Kitabna's books have been distributed to children in displacement now, including distribution with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children International.
In early 2016, Kitabna donated 250 books to the Al Ihsan Academic Centre for Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon, and this September Helen went to visit the children and teachers there. On the way, she met Nay Aoun, a Canadian-Lebanese documentary maker, who offered to make some interviews and film the play the children had created around one of Helen's books, "The Cat's Family".