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.

June 10, 2015
On June 7, members of the Delaware Chapter of People to People International joined sponsors American Friends of Lafayette and the George Washington Society of Delaware and L’Alliance Française de Wilmington  to welcome the arrival of tall ship Hermione to America.  L ’Hermione is one of the world’s newest and most-carefully recreated tall ships. Built in Rochefort, France, it left its home port in April and arrived in Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015.  sailing up the coastline to Castine, Maine, then Nova Scotia and sailing home at the end of July. The original ship was the ship that brought Lafayette back to America from his successful 1780 lobbying effort with news that Louis XVI and the French government was sending men and money, ships and supplies, and General Rochambeau to assist in America’s fight for Independence.

 The organizations hosted Miles Young, the President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America on the occasion of the arrival of Hermione in America. Mr. Young is a graduate of Oxford University and the Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather. The program was held at Kalmar Nyckel’s new Copeland Maritime Center at 1124 E. 7th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

 PTPDE Advisory Board Member, Kim Burdick,  who is a member of American Friends of Lafayette and the Chairman of the George Washington Society of Delaware, served as chair of the event’s activities.

The PTPDE will be interested and relieved to hear that our partner organization Edge of Seven and their people are safe despite the tragedy in Nepal due to the earthquake. Edge of Seven was highlighted some time ago by our Chapter for its school residence building project in Nepal. Our recent PHP Award winner, Matt Haley, was closely associated with this and other projects in Nepal. We wish them all well as they recover from this tragedy.

Read the full Edge of Seven: Nepal Update

Attendees from Delaware and surrounding states, Washington D.C., New England and the national People to People International organization joined with the Delaware Chapter to recognize 30 years of promoting the ideals of peace through understanding by honoring those who have made a real difference in the lives of others around the world. Students from Widener University Law School, the University of Delaware and international students studying at the UD English Language Institute also attended. Senator Christopher Coons addressed the attendees in person during the reception as did Delaware State Senator Harris McDowell.

Chapter President Galina Chadwick welcomed the attendees and thanked the many members who worked hard to make the event a success. Governor Jack Markell prepared a Proclamation in honor of this occasion which was read by Gala Co-Chair, Anna White. The Delaware State Senate passed a Tribute sponsored by Senator McDowell in honor of Village Health Works, its Founder Deogratias Niyizonkiza and the 30th Anniversary of the PTPDE Chapter. All the members of the US Congressional delegation sent letters of congratulations which were included in the Program. The Chapter was honored that Clark Plexico, the new CEO of People to People International traveled from Kansas City to speak at the Gala. Introduced by Ed Tucker, Secretary of the Chapter, the attendees learned that Clark brings a remarkable international diplomatic background to the leadership of PTPI.

Other highlights of the evening were the presentation of the Chapter’s People Helping People Award to the Global Delaware Fund, founded by the late Matt Haley and Scott Kammerer. Global Delaware Fund helps young people in Delaware and around the world to achieve the education and start that they need to have successful lives. Scott received the award on behalf of GDF and in Matt’s memory from the People Helping People Award Committee Chair, Patrick Kelly. Patrick also had the pleasure of presenting the Chapter’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Dentel, in Memorium, for his many years of service in alleviating water problems around the world and founding the University of Delaware’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. It was accepted by Carol Post, the wife of the late Professor Dentel.

The keynote of the evening was presented by Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the founder and CEO of Village Health Works in Burundi, Africa. Senator Coons introduced Deo, as he likes to be called, via a short video. Carla Stone, Co-Chair presented Deo with the Senate Tribute and the Chapter’s International Community Award for “healing a nation and binding together communities worldwide” by founding a medical clinic and educational center that brings together the survivors of the Burundi genocide as partners in healing. Deo gave a moving presentation about the founding and current endeavors and plans for the future for Village Health Works. All who attended the evening came away inspired.

Carl Hutter, Student Ambassador Scholarship Committee chair announced the 2015 awardee, Ashley Lindo, 11th Grade of Middletown High School. The evening included a surprise, the presentation by Carla Stone, a Charter Member, with a plague of appreciation to Chapter Founder Kathleen Meyers for having the vision, some 30 years ago, to start Delawareans in a new direction.

The work of the 30th Anniversary Gala does not stop.  Please help us make a significant contribution to Village Health Works and the Chapter’s Student Ambassador Scholarship Program. The Chapter continues to accept donations for the benefit of both the Scholarship and Village Health Works.

If you would like to pay by check, you can send make it out to PTPDE with the notation “30th Anniversary Donation” and send it to our P.O. Box.

PTP Delaware
P.O. Box 25064
Wilmington, DE 19899

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