2019 has proved to be a very successful, fun and rewarding year for Peace Partners!
Through the collective effort of donors, supporters and volunteers a real difference has been made in the lives of many. As well as all those who have been part of our constituency audience, as individual recipients of nutritious hot meals or as individuals finding benefit in a new kind of peace education, this also includes those participants who deliver our work. As a volunteer, making a small contribution through preparing this article, it feels like a privilege to be involved in such an inspiring and meaningful endeavour.
Here are some of the highlights from our year. Not all of them of course, but hopefully enough to give a glimpse of our work to those unfamiliar with it, and to those who already know about it a reminder of the real successes we have enjoyed.
At the beginning of the year we posted an interview with Max Whittle about the Kifubon project with which he has been involved from it’s beginning in Japan. Peace Partners has donated a number of books under the Kifubon scheme for use in UK prisons. You can read the fascinating interview in full here.
In early February we hosted a further 'Introduction to Peace Partners' event in Reigate in Surrey. Around 30 people attended the event whose theme was the charity's support of the global humanitarian efforts of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF). Amazingly over £1,100 was raised in donations towards TPRF initiatives. You can read a report about the event here.
Also in February we were able to support a further UK screening in Falmouth, Cornwall of the documentary film 'Inside Peace'. This film movingly documents the transformation taking place in the lives of some of the inmates in a Texas Prison as they experience the TPRF Peace Education Programme and begin to make positive choices in their lives. Read the report on the evening by one of the organisers here and some responses to the screening can be viewed here.