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
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.
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.
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