The Unknown Project is a Brisbane-based social enterprise working to connect young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds with resources and opportunities.
The concept is simple. First, we receive donations of quality, second-hand books from families, schools and libraries. Then, we wrap them in brown paper to hide each book’s identity and write three clues about the book’s author, plot or genre. Finally, we sell our books for $5 a pop at markets, through local cafes and gift shops. We also take bulk orders for events like conferences, parties and weddings.
So far, we’ve provided families at the Romero Centre with 30 schools supplies pack and 20 laptops, to help kids engage with their education, and go on to do big things.
We hope the power of our books doesn’t stop there. Our motto is don't judge a book by its cover – an accurate metaphor for the stigma faced by many people with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. The Unknown Project aims to empower people to challenge damaging stereotypes and to promote connection and inclusion for all.
You can usually find us at the Suitcase Rummage, West End Markets and the Boundary Street Markets. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for info on upcoming market stalls.
Looking for a meaningful gift for your staff, wedding guests or friends? Are you a local Brisbane business who can stock our books in-store? If this is something you, or someone you know might be interested in, we would love to hear from you!
We need friends of The Unknown Project to help us wrap books. If you are part of or know a community, corporate or school group who would be interested, please get in touch!
We sell Unknown Books Australia-wide in packs of 50, 100 & 150, hand wrapped and delivered to you by us locally or via courier. Custom orders of over 50 books can also be arranged.
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