Dear Members and Friends,

As the Delaware Chapter of People to People International looks toward 2017, we can take great pride in all that we have accomplished during the last twelve months. Your time and financial support allows us to serve the community we call home. To reach as many people as possible with our message of “peace through understanding”, our programs are free and open to the public.

Our Chapter has been exceptionally busy bringing a variety of programs on international issues of great importance to our community. Working with partners such as Delaware Law School of Widener University, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania (Hiaspa.org), Philadelphia Interfaith Peacewalk, LaFate Gallery, University of Delaware, Bellevue Community Center, 10,000 Villages, and the World Trade Center, we offered programs that were experienced by well over 4,000 people.

Highlights of the year include:

Our co-sponsorship of the Peace Drums Project, a Galilean Christian, Jewish and Moslem children’s steel drum band, and its inaugural tour to the United States; a series of events focusing on different African countries; an expanded Murals program with showings in regional community centers and art venues, and for the first time, featuring murals created by local children; our Town Hall meetings with State Department officials; and a forum on one of the most important topics of our time: immigration, featuring immigrants from Mexico, Syria and the Ukraine (via Israel) as well as lawyers from the agencies that serve this population. As always, we hosted international Fulbright Scholars at the University of Delaware. In May, I had the honor of presenting a Tribute from the Delaware State Senate to the Prime Minister of Namibia. Our Chapter has collected and packed boxes of books to be sent to schools in Namibia as part of our Books for Youth project. Student travel will continue adding additional countries this year.

We are looking forward to another exciting year. Already, we are planning programs with Senator Coons’ office on stopping the illegal ivory trade and the poaching of elephants and rhinos, as well as additional Circles of Understanding. We are happy to announce the resumption of our scholarship program for Delaware students traveling with People to People International.

Please renew your membership or join today! Your membership and the extensive use of volunteers permits us to offer these free programs. CLICK HERE to sign up now. We also accept checks. When you renew or join, please think about becoming a Pacesetter with an additional donation to further the cause of “peace through understanding”.

Thank you,

PRESIDENT
Carla Sydney Stone

SECRETARY
Pat Forester

TREASURER
John Pastor

VICE PRESIDENTS
Carl R. Hutter
Betsy Murphy
Jean Raleigh
Anna M. White

DIRECTORS
Jeff Behrenhauser
Galina Chadwick
Annette Fletcher
Floyd Ho
Hugh Kelly
Patrick Kelly
Michael Lynch
Edward W. Raleigh
Luke Scheuer
Miriam Sigler
Jeanne Marie Swartz

Global Youth Murals allow youth from around the world to express their unique global perspective through art and encourages youth to share the ways they think individuals and groups can build bridges around the world and how others can follow their example.

Descriptions attached to each mural were written by the artists.   Murals featured in this exhibit were created by youth from Armenia, Croatia, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, and the United States, including California, Florida, and New York.

 WORLD PREMIER
Global Bridges Youth Murals
sponsored by People to People International Delaware Chapter

When: 6:00 – 9:00pm, Friday, October 7, 2016 Wilmington Art Loop 6:30pm youth artist sharing
Where: Lafate Gallery, 227 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE

Come out to meet the young artists and see the first ever murals created by youth in our area that will be sent around the world through PTPI!

This event is FREE and Open to the Public.

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The three local murals will be displayed in the Lafate Gallery during the month of October, along with
murals made by youth from many different countries around the world for PTPIs Global Youth Murals project.

See www.lafategallery.com for operating hours.

See one of the PTPDE members or contact www.ptpde.org for information on the 2017 murals project.

Delaware native, Laura Santini, Political Officer from the Office of the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State spoke on October 28 and 29 at Cokesbury Village and Delaware Law School of Widener University  sponsored the Delaware Chapter of People to People International.  Ms. Santini brought both audiences up to speed on the fast moving relationship between the US and Cuba.  On July 1, President Obama announced that the  United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective countries.  The US flag was raised over the US Embassy in Havana on August 14,  with a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry, the first time that a United States Secretary of State has been to Cuba since 1945.    The discussions at Cokesbury and Delaware Law School were very lively.  Students and faculty from the law school will travel to Cuba in the spring so Ms. Santini’s  presentation was especially  timely.

The Delaware Chapter thanks both Cokesbury and Delaware Law School for the opportunity to bring this program to their venues.

Photos from the Cokesbury Village event on October 28, 2015

Photos from the Delaware Law School event on October 29, 2015

On Sunday, November 8, we hosted a Circle of Understanding: Nigeria at Hale-Byrnes House. Dr. Rose Ihedigbo, the author of Sandals in the Snow, spoke about the story of her family’s exodus from Nigeria during the Biafra War and making a new life in the United States Attendance was only 13, but the participation of those who attended was very intense. The conversation did not end at 5:00 as scheduled. Around 5:30, we put the tables together and continued the conversation over dinner. Dr. Rose and Rev. Riley, her husband, had brought lots of snacks- enough for us to have dinner with lots of leftovers, and the conversation flowed for another two hours. Thank you so much to Board Member Michael Lynch for introducing us to Dr. Rose Ihedigbo, our speaker from Nigeria. Thank you also, Kim and Ralph Burdick for hosting and providing technical support. These Sunday afternoon Circles are an outstanding way to learn so much about other countries, and the stew that we call American culture. Our next Circle will be in the spring and Ghana will be the focus.

The Delaware Chapter Welcomes Officials from the Republic of Namibia

On December 1, the Delaware Chapter of People to People International was honored to welcome  the Honorable Freddie U. Gaoseb, Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of America and Ms. Emebet Haile, Commercial Assistant.    Mr. !Gaoseb  represented the Ambassador, H. E. Martin Andjaba, who unfortunately was detained in meetings with the President of Namibia; he delivered the Ambassador’s regrets that he could not join us.

Mr. !Gaoseb  talked about the history of Namibia dating back to its days prior to its years as a colony in the late 1800s of Germany when it was known as German South-West Africa.  The country is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by  South Africa and Angola.  After World War I,  South Africa, a member of the British Commonwealth,  became administrator of South-West Africa.  During this period, apartheid was instituted in Namibia, ending with its independence in 1990.   Following independence, Namibia instituted reconciliation. It is the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution; some 45% of the land is under some type of conservation protection.

The population of Namibia is slightly more than 2 million. They are spread out over a country of over 824, 000 sq. km.   The capital is Windhoek, located in the center of the country with a population of over 320,000.  English is the official language, but Namibia’s relatively small population is extraordinarily diverse in language and culture.  More than 11 languages are indigenous to Namibia.  

This was not the first visit by representatives of the Namibian government to Delaware.  The new President of Namibia visited the Port of Wilmington about three years ago.  Mr. !Gaoseb said that the Ambassador hopes to bring the  President back to Wilmington and to talk about building a relationship between Wilmington, Windhoek and  the Port of Walvis Bay.  The Port  is situated at the west coast of Africa and provides an easier and much faster transit route between Southern Africa, Europe and the Americas. 

Namibia is justly proud of its economic progress.  Windhoek is a modern, clean city.  The country is covered by cellular service and internet is widely available.  Many people have two cell phones- a smart phone as well as a conventional cell phone.   About half of the country’s economy depends on the extractive industries.  Agriculture is also important and Namibia rates as one of the top 10 fisheries due to its fishery management programs.  It has graduated from the Millennial Challenge Corporation goals, measures of economic development.  Mr. !Gaoseb spoke about many opportunities for economic cooperation between Delaware and Namibia, especially in  services and for products that are needed by the countries young, and growing population.

Many of the audience members have been to Namibia as students and faculty, volunteers,  business people or tourists. Tourism is a very important and growing industry.   Namibia is home to elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, springbok, and lions and cheetahs and landscapes ranging from the Skeleton Coast, the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, Etosha National Park, savannahs and rivers with swimming elephants.

Following the presentation,  both Mr. !Gaoseb and Ms. Haile answered questions and engaged in discussions with Chapter members and guests.  We all agreed that another visit in the fall will be welcomed by all. 

July 11, 2015
The Delaware Chapter of People to People International has elected its new Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year. Officers are: President, Carla Sydney Stone, Principal of International Development & Technical Assistance, LLC; Secretary, Edward Tucker; Treasurer, John Pastor, International Consultant, PastorCo. Vice Presidents are: Anna White- Programs, Carl Hutter, Student Ambassador; Jean Raleigh- Special Projects, and Betsy Murphy- Membership. Newly Elected to the Board is Luke Scheuer, Assistant Professor at Widener University Delaware School of Law. Other Board Members include: Irina Capaldi, Employer Relations Manager at CCI Greenheart; Galina Chadwick, SVP, Environmental Manager, Bank of America; Floyd Ho, President, President, Honson Associates, Patrick Kelly, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Widener University Delaware Law School; Jeanne Marie Swartz, Patient Safety and Accreditation Department, Christiana Care Health Services; Hugh Kelly , Disability Information Advocate; Miriam Sigler, Team Leader, Office of Early Learning / Lake Forest School District.

June 19, 2015
The Chapter’s Annual Meeting was held on June 18, 2015. Galina Chadwick, outgoing President, presented the Annual Report of the Chapter’s year. Members elected the 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

The highlight of the Annual Meeting was the presentation of honors to two members for their longstanding support and contributions to the Chapter.

Sean Curran was presented a PTPI Certificate of Recognition and named PTPDE Board Leader Extraordinaire for her outstanding service to the Chapter as president, secretary, and ad hoc Administrator, especially during the recent period of heavy administrative and technical needs. Henry Beckler, one of the original Chapter Charter members and a longstanding member and supporter, was awarded a PTPI Certificate of Recognition and was designated as Board Member Emeritus.

Following the Annual Meeting, member and guests of the Chapter were treated to a performance by Peace Drums, a Galilean Steel Band, a unique Delaware interfaith initiative promoting peace among Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth living in the Galilee region of Israel.

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