eBulletin 30th March 2019
 
 

Supporting a world where all human beings have access to sufficient clean water, nutritious food and personal peace
 
Welcome to our latest eBulletin

This month we have a refreshed format: now you can use our content section to navigate to items which interest you, or as before you can simply scroll forward or back through the eBulletin. Our first item features some of the wonderful messages we have received from our supporters following our National Lottery funding announcement.

Thank you for your continuing support, which is much appreciated.


Warm regards
the Peace Partners team

In this eBulletin:
 


Responses to Lottery funding announcement 

Well wishes from supporters and volunteers came in following the announcement of Peace Partners’ almost £10,000 of National Lottery funding. Some of the messages of support include the following:

‘Bravo!’

‘Fantastic, well done!’

'Very, very good to hear this, well done!’ 

'I love this message - now it feels like whatever lottery money I've spent has gone towards the £10,000 – Big Congrats - it's really great news!!’

With thanks to our supporters for their kind well wishes – you are truly inspiring us.
 


Video from Waves of Change - Waves of Peace workshops

Since our recent newsflash report about the ‘Finding Peace through Conflict Resolution’ Workshops event at Project B in Croydon last month some further video clips from the event have been posted. You can catch up with them on our website here or on our YouTube channel here.

Watch one of the new videos, featuring Errol McGlashan’s poem Seeds of Peace here:

 


Peace Education Programme in Croydon

A Peace Education Programme coursehosted by Peace Partners will commence on:

Date: Thursday April 25th 2019 
for the first session
then followed by consecutive Thursdays: 2nd May: 9th May: 16th May: 23rd May

Time: 
7.30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Room G4, Ground Floor,
Croydon Town Hall
Katharine Street
Croydon
CR0 1XW


For more information and to register to attend these free workshops visit our website:
Find out more and Register for the Croydon PEP


World Water Day 2019: leaving no-one behind


 
The Prem Rawat Foundation provides clean water for children in need

Today, 2.1 billion people are still living without safe drinking water at home. In 2010, the UN recognised ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.’

The Prem Rawat Foundation runs the Food for People project which provides consistent, daily nourishment for children and infirm adults living in Nepal, Ghana and India. Basic hygiene lessons, including washing hands, combined with clean water and nutritious meals, make a big impact on children's health.

World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind

UN World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty. Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.

The Prem Rawat Foundation’s Food for People project has been running since 2006 and vast improvements are happening in those communities. School enrolment and attendance has improved, children no longer need to work all day for food or leave school hungry, and standards of hygiene have risen both at school and in the home.

Find out more on The Prem Rawat Foundation’s
website here
 
Read this article on our website here


International Women's Day 2019


 

A reflection by Kathy Miller

Two years ago I attended an International Women's Day event at The Oval, Croydon and met three very interesting women who were there with the organiser Katie Rose. Fascinating conversations ensued.

This year there was a full line up of women from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds - approximately one hundred people crammed into the same venue.

It struck me that these women who had embraced causes in their lives, overcoming unbelievable adversity in the case of some, were all really special.

Music, choir and poetry were also celebrated with the stories of performers.

And that is what we all do really - tell our story. Maybe we do not do so in such a formal way but those from Peace Partners who attended enjoyed the variety and the positivity explored at such a stimulating event.

 

Women (and they included men too) who see a need in their communities and get on with what needs to be done, stand up for what they believe and share their achievements. We can say there is no direct correlation with peace in movements here and there but if you are fulfilled, share good fortune, inspire others to tell their stories, nurture new ideas and transform lives - does that not lead to a kind of peace?

International Women's Day March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Read this article on our website here


Peace Education at Recovery College, The Borough south London 


 
St Mungos Recovery College has an innovative new learning programme, based on the principle that personal learning can have a transformative effect on people’s lives. Set up by St Mungos, a national charity campaigning on issues of homelessness, the College has bases in London and Bristol, and is planning to expand to other areas.

The Recovery College does not focus on achieving qualifications, rather it provides an inclusive and supportive environment in which people have the opportunity to experience a range of subjects and wellbeing activities alongside peer learners and volunteer tutors and facilitators. Anyone can attend the college, St. Mungos clients and members of the public alike.

Responding to the open invitation from the Recovery College to offer ‘a topic as a course for others’ Peace Partners volunteers Juli and Chrissie thought the Peace Education Programme (PEP) would be an ideal course to offer. Partnership Manager Tracee paved the way by sending information from the Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) outlining the course, and Chrissie went along to talk about the possibility with staff at the college.

The response was very positive, and the Recovery College went on to register and obtain a license to provide PEP Collections as a course under the heading of ‘Move on, Client support and practical skills’.

The first PEP is now half completed. The small team of volunteers who run the course is made up of St. Mungos staff in collaboration with Lola who facilitates and Chrissie from Peace Partners. The team reports that people attending have been enthusiastic and find it's a safe and comfortable environment in which to express their responses, ideas and feelings. Some of the expressions are verbalised and some are written as beautiful prose or poetry. Although numbers fluctuate from week to week, a core group has attended every session. 


The particular PEP course chosen, PEP Collections, allows for a very flexible use of time and there are at least two reflection periods in each session, with a group reading at the end, which attendees and staff seem to appreciate, and which stimulates further expression and interaction.           
Taking place on Tuesday morning each session lasts up to two hours, including a break.

Some of the participants written expressions have been in the form of moving statements and poems, and we have been given the writers' permission to publish some excerpts from those expressions here: 

"Life is sacred; when I realise that life is special, when I come from gratitude to be alive, I welcome every moment. I see the world differently. Life is beautiful. I realise I have a gift, which needs to be cherished, this realisation is empowering. Life is worth living!"

"Today I woke up brimming with happiness; I looked forward to attending the 2nd week of the Peace Education Programme. I shared my poem with the group and it was well received."

    

"I learnt that man may live to 25,550 days, which is equivalent to 70 years of age. When you realise how short life is it makes you appreciate that life is precious, every moment counts. You need to choose wisely how you spend your time ... try to truly enjoy yourselves. May this be the day to lead us to peace, to happiness and to Joy."


"Life is a miracle, breathing is a miracle. Take one day at a time, prepare for your life journey. Seek peace within, hold on to hope, know that within you is the strength to achieve your dreams. Be in the moment. Choose to be contented wherever you find yourself and know that you are blessed to be alive."

Chrissie reports that part of her initial motivation came from watching a news programme about homelessness; a man being interviewed said “what I really want, more than shelter food or money, is just to be treated like a human being”. She feels the PEP running at the Recovery College setting fits so well with that aspiration, one that we all share.
Read this article on our website here

Volunteering 


 
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us move forward with our projects making a difference to the lives of many. We work hard to make sure volunteers learn new skills and receive the support they need. You are a vital part of the team. Current opportunities include:
Webmaster
Are you creative and imaginative, with experience in web design? This could be the perfect opportunity for you to take on a leading role in ensuring the Peace Partners website is fully functional and providing an insight into the work of the charity.

Partnership Assistant
​This is the perfect opportunity for a volunteer who is enthusiastic and enjoys creating new connections and developing partnerships, expanding our current partnership base through creating invitations and communications.

​Community Fundraisers
​Work within local communities to raise the profile of The Peace Education Programme and the work of Peace Partners in this field along with our fundraising effort for humanitarian relief and the Food for People initiatives.

 
Find out more about our current vacancies here
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