Archive | April, 2013

GUINEA, SOS Villages d’Enfants Guinée

30 Apr

Guinea Dessin d'art EIHG Conakry (2)Guinea Dessin d'art EIHG Conakry (1)

How great it is to receive wishes for peace from the children of Guinea. We thank all the children from the three different schools for taking part in the project.

The first design has been created by Abdoulaye age 14 and this piece depicts friendships between the children from all over the world.

The second drawing has been done by Bob Malick Kata age 13. This drawing shows peace as living in the world with alive animals.

Guinea Dessin d'art EIHG Conakry (3)Guinea Dessin d'art EIHG Kankan

This third piece has been drawn by Madeleine 14 years old.   This shows peace & reconciliation in the country with all community memberships.

The fourth design from the school in Kankan has been done by Mohamed Sangaré who is 9 years old.

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The fifth design has been done by a child 5 years old.

The sixth picture has been done by Maria  age  6. Very well done to them both.

Guinea, Dessin d'art EIHG Kankan (2)

Guinea Dessin d'art EIHG Kankan (3)

The seventh picture shows how peace is communication and sharing in the family and community.

The eight piece has been created by  Issiaga Doumbouya who is 16 years old.

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The final design received from Guinea has been done by Aly age 4. Very well done to Aly.

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

Special thanks to Mr. Fadjmba Tounkara, National Education Adviser, and his team, for coordinating various SOS Guinea projects so children in Guinea have their voice in the young people`s message for peace. It was a very pleasant surprise to receive drawings on peace and love from the kids and children of Conakry, Kankan and N`Zerekore. We really appreciate it.

Guinea Flag Meaning:
Sékou Touré, was Guinea’s first president from its independence in 1958 until Touré died in 1984. Touré explained the meaning of Guinea’s flag’s colors in the following speech: “Red is the color of blood, symbol of our anti-colonialist martyrs. It is the sweat that runs over the ivory body of farmers, factory workers and other active workers. It is the wish for progress. Therefore red matches perfectly the first word of our motto: “Travail” (Work). Yellow is the color of Guinean gold and African sun. It is the source of energy, generosity and equality for all men to which he gives light equally. Therefore yellow matches perfectly with the second word of our motto: “Justice”. Green is the color of the African vegetation. 85% of the population are farmers living in the countryside, which is ever covered with a green coat. Green symbolizes prosperity which will surely arise from the wide wealth of soil and subsoil, and the difficult life of the countryside masses in our country. Therefore, green will confirm the meaning of the third word of the motto: “Solidarite'” (Solidarity).”

SOMALIA, Great United Childrens School and Orphanage

25 Apr

Somalia

And great to have a second school from Somalia involved.This time we have a lovely, colourful painting from Nabadou Waa Nolon who attends the  Great United Children`s School and Orphanage.

Nabadou says,  ” PEACE = Life “.

We thank Sowda Moalin for her work in reaching this school and inviting them to participate in the project and for the valuable work herself and others continue to do in this country.

In July 2009, Ahmed Dini, a civil society activist and member of Peace Line Group, a local NGO, said orphaned and vulnerable children had borne the brunt of Somalia’s 18-year civil war

Dini said the children just wanted a childhood. “When we talk to them, they want to go to school and play football. They basically want to be children.”

There is a new phenomenon of children taking care of other children “because both parents have died and there are no relatives to help”, Dini said.

He said the long civil war had eroded the social support network that sustained Somalis.

And below in 2013, is the Somalian government doing enough to help its own people today???

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jan/16/somali-ngos-mogadishu-street-children

Somali Flag Meaning:
The blue base originates from the flag of the United Nations and it represents the blue sky over Somalia and the UN, who helped the country realize its dream of independence. The white star represents African freedom. The star’s individual points represent the five historical regions inhabited by the Somali people: Italian Somaliland (Somalia), British Somaliland (Somalia), French Somaliland (Djibouti), the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and north Kenya

Interesting Somali Flag Facts:
Mr. Mohammed Awale Liban designed the Somali flag and presented it to the government in less than 24 hours.

SOMALIA, Gowraar Foundation School

25 Apr

Somalia Bahjo and HaniWe welcome these 2 designs from Mogadishu in Somalia. This one has been created by Bahja and Hani together, ages 12 and 13.

They feel that in Somalia ” We all wish for peace because without peace is without life “

Somalia HamdiThis second design has been done by Hamdi who is aged 12.

Hamdi says ” We all wish for peace because peace is good for everyone.”

“Without peace is without light” and “Without peace is without life. “

” We wish for peace because peace is the key of life.”

Thanks to Abdulkadir Halane of the Gowraar Foundation,who has helped us reach this school in Mogadishu, Somalia. We are especially grateful as it has proved most difficult for us to reach young people in this country, as it also proved for Abdulkadir. Nevertheless the children here wish for peace just like they do in every other country.

Abdulkadir explains, “Gowraar is a famous mountain located in the southern Gedo region of Somalia. it used be  an ecological place where life flourished, a symbol of peace and harmony. That same valley is today barren and unable to sustain the smallest of life due to constant droughts and political conflicts. Yet we chose this name, in the hope that we can bring back hope, peace and livelihood to the people of Somalia, whom just like the Valley of Gowraar, droughts and political conflicts have robbed them of a decent live.”

Somali Flag Meaning:
The blue base originates from the flag of the United Nations and it represents the blue sky over Somalia and the UN, who helped the country realize its dream of independence. The white star represents African freedom. The star’s individual points represent the five historical regions inhabited by the Somali people: Italian Somaliland (Somalia), British Somaliland (Somalia), French Somaliland (Djibouti), the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and north Kenya.

St. Augustinus College, The Netherlands “Displays the Quilt”

15 Apr

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Thanks so much to Chantal and everyone in the St. Augustinus School, The Netherlands for the opportunity to display the Schools International Peace Quilt. We are delighted that the visit was able to coincide with the peace writing project which Chantal organised of which we will hear more about later.

Here we have a photo of Laura Oest who completed The Netherlands design to represent young people of  her country on the quilt in time for the 2012 Games. Below that again is Laura`s design.

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We wish for peace because war separates people and peace unites them by Laura Oest.