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”.
Carla Sydney Stone
Carl R. Hutter
Anna M. White
Edward W. Raleigh
Jeanne Marie Swartz