Archive for April, 2016

Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day with a World Peace Flag Ceremony, Poughkeepsie, New York – USA

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Sunday February 21st, 2016 the “Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson” came together at the Galleria Mall Center Court in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA to celebrate the 90th anniversary of “World Thinking Day” http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/global/world-thinking-day.html.

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This year World Thinking Day celebrates the Connections with oneself, ones friends and ones world. The Scout Troops made exhibits on a country they chose to learn about for this year’s celebration.

In addition to all the exhibits there was the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Competitive Singing Group: The Dotted Half Notes, Irish Step Dancing by Siobann Moore School of Dance and Sahana Natesan danced a traditional Indian dance in full traditional wear.

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Amelia Roger, the organizer of the event said “The highlight of the afternoon was the World Peace Flag Ceremony presented by Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society in Wassaic. He brought a full set of flags, one for each Member Country of the United Nations. Each girl had the opportunity to honor the flag of the country they carried as well as joining the whole group in asking that May Peace Prevail in that country then May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

WPFC Galleria Mall 2_21_16 Yelling MPPoE

The relationship between Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and the World Peace Prayer Society has been ongoing for many years now and has been truly beneficial for both organizations.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Submitted by:
Jim Dugan & Amelia Roger

Peace Pole Planted in Community Park in Lalitpur, Kathmandu –NEPAL

Monday, April 25th, 2016

March 26-April 8, 2016

I, Mitsuru Ooba, visited Nepal, March 26-April 8, 2016 with Japanese Esperantists to attend a Nepali Esperanto Congress in Kathmandu.

When Mr. & Mrs. Thapa found out I would be visiting Nepal, they asked me to bring a Peace Pole for Mr. Smeet Lama and a second, identical, Peace Pole as well. So, with the help of Professor Emeritus Dr. Isao Minowa, Mr. Parbat Thapa & Mrs. Deepa Thapa, and their friend Mr. Smeet Lama, I prepared two large Peace Poles as gifts.

Mr. Smeet Lama, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Mitsuru Ooba

Mr. Smeet Lama, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Mitsuru Ooba

On our second day in Kathmandu, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Smeet Lama came to our hotel to receive the Peace Poles.

Peace Pole traveling by scooter

Peace Pole traveling by scooter

It was my first meeting with Mr. Smeet Lama. But I had heard that he wanted very eagerly to have it, because he had seen a Peace Pole with the universal message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” standing in the garden of Mr. & Mrs. Thapas’ house and he wanted to plant one in his own community.

Mr. & Mrs. Thapa are good friends of Mr. Tomoyoshi Kurata, a Japanese teacher & Mrs. Masae Hatakeyama (a supporting member of Goi Peace Foundation).  And Mrs. Deepa Thapa has participated SOPP on May in Fuji Sanctuary for a few times.

I also prepared two small Peace Poles (40 cm height) in Japanese, English, and Nepali (on two sides) for the Nepal Esperanto Association and for Mr. & Mrs. Thapa.

Mr. & Mrs. Thapas and the small Peace Pole made for them

Mr. & Mrs. Thapas and the small Peace Pole made for them

The Chairperson of the Nepal Esperanto Association receiving a small Peace Pole on behalf of the organization

The Chairperson of the Nepal Esperanto Association receiving a small Peace Pole on behalf of the organization

So, I gifted one to the Chairperson of the association along with 100 origami peace dolls with stickers that read Paco disvastiĝu sur la tero, which is Esperanto translation for May Peace Prevail on Earth. The peace dolls were prepared by Ms.Chikage Nakanami of the Goi Peace foundation.

About a week after my return to Japan, I received an e-mail with beautiful photographs of the Peace Pole planting ceremony of Mr. Smeet Lama that occurred on March 12, 2016.

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Message from Smeet Lama
“Hello, my name is Smeet Lama. About the Peace Pole…we planted it in our small community park here in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. I somehow got a chance to meet Mr. Mitsuru Ooba who is supporting member of this GOI PEACE FOUNDATION. He gave me this Peace Pole …which I planted in our park. With almost 300 people we made this programme a big success. I had read about this peace movement … and I’m much happy to be a small part of it.”

I was very pleased that he organized such a big ceremony with 300 guests of his society and I was so impressed with the numerous stones with beautiful words on them under the Peace Pole. Seeing these photographs, there was no doubt that he strongly embraced the peace activity of the Peace Pole planting.

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I enjoyed Nepal tour with 15 of Esperantists by mini-bus and drew many quick portraits with peace messages and gifted them to people I met along the way. I visited places of earthquake damage such as a Hindu temple and a private house in the city, and a beautiful place of Himalaya ranges.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Mitsuru Ooba

 

 

 

Photographs of Peace Poles planted in Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Israel in 1985

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

In 1985, Mr. Kazufumi Ohashi, was the first to  travel to uncharted territories in Africa to plant Peace Poles.

To this day,  Mr. Ohashi is still very active with WPPS activities in his local city Okayama, Japan.

He participated in his 42nd “ May Peace Prevail On Earth” Peace Walk last year.

He organized an NPO, referred to as  “Peace Tree” two years ago and is working with many people. 

Peace Tree is affiliated with Okayama UNESCO Association, where they performed a World Peace Prayer Ceremony recently at an elementary school to contribute to the learning  of international understanding.

Restaurant El Dar garden in Cairo, Egypt 1985

Restaurant El Dar garden in Cairo, Egypt 1985

Suburb of Cairo, Egypt 1985

Suburb of Cairo, Egypt 1985

Residence of First Secretary of Japan Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1985

Residence of First Secretary of Japan Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1985

Nazale City office garden, Israel 1985

Nazale City office garden, Israel 1985

Park near dead sea in Israel 1985

Park near Dead Sea in Israel 1985

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Israel

School yard near Tel Aviv, Israel

School yard near Tel Aviv, Israel

Backyard of Guide name Ellie, Nairobi Kenya

Backyard of Guide named Ellie, Nairobi Kenya

Guide Ellie's apartment in Nairobi Kenya 1985

Guide Ellie’s apartment in Nairobi Kenya 1985

Nature park, suburb of Nairobi Kenya 1985

Nature park, suburb of Nairobi Kenya 1985

Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya 1985

Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya 1985

Orphanage, Nairobi Kenya 1985

Orphanage, Nairobi Kenya 1985

YMCA in Nairobi, Kenya 1985

YMCA in Nairobi, Kenya 1985

2016 Season for Nonviolence World Peace Flag Ceremony, New York, NY-USA

Monday, April 4th, 2016

March 15, 2016

Educators George S. Anthony and Lindy P. Crescitelli, founders of Stand Up and Lead, organized an outstanding event in observance of the 2016 Season for Nonviolence at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in New York City. In attendance were approximately 500 students from various middle and high schools around the city.

George with Peace Pole   Keynote Speaker Minniejean Brown-Trickey
            George Anthony             Minniejean Brown-Trickey

The keynote speaker was Minniejean Brown-Trickey of the original Little Rock Nine that integrated the first high school in Arkansas in 1957. She recalled her unique experience and how she learned to hold her head up high. Her daughter, filmmaker Spirit Trickey, also spoke about her mother’s remarkable leadership.

Student Monologues on Exclusion

Student Presenter with Gandhi

 

There were wonderful student presentations in music, poetry and prose from six New York area schools, including a brilliant dramatic skit about Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Skit
Rhythm Ensemble from Harlem

Deborah Moldow led a World Peace Flag ceremony with a musical chant sung by students, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation created specially for the day, featuring the event flyer that included the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” A team of young volunteers distributed the flags of all nations. Deborah led the ceremony in call-and-response style, asking the student holding the flag of the country called out to stand, along with anyone from that country. Minniejean Brown-Trickey proudly waved the American flag.

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Deborah also brought a Youth Arts Peace Pole decorated by students at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY to display during the event, hoping to inspire some of the schools to make one of their own.

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There was an inspiring closing speech by longtime WPPS supporter Jennifer Kim of the Peace School in Chicago, who heads the U.N. Education Peace Team with George Anthony, encouraging the students to bring the spirit of nonviolence forward to the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

Jennifer Kim Speaks - with Peace Pole
                                         Jennifer Kim

George Anthony and Lindy P. Crescitelli truly outdid themselves this year, organizing a most inspiring event for the Season for Nonviolence.

George Anthony, Deborah & Lindy Crescitelli
   George Anthony, Deborah & Lindy Crescitelli