International Children's Holiday for Peace
Jounin Internasional Timoun Pou la Pè
Journée Internationale des Enfants Pour la Paix
9th Annual Celebration - July 30 2011
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8th Annual Celebration - July 2010
"2,300 children in 10 locations throughout La Vallée de Jacmel played, ate, sang, danced, recited poetry, and painted murals ..."
Many angels who belived in what we do worked hard to raise funds, collect art supplies and toys to make it happen. They include the Association Solidarité Fribourg Haïti - SFH in Fribourg, Switzerland; Monika D'Agate, Mireille Desrosiers and Naomi Nussbaum of Synergy Art Foundation; Art in a Box; Courtney & Eric Jean of High Tech High, the Phi Kappa Theta at Mesa College, Professor Kwayana of Point Loma High, Xerox Corporation Los Angeles Black Employees - LABE; Amelia Belizaire ... and many more.
Diane, Alan and their daughter Ally Woodard - a 10-year-old Art Miles Mural Project and Shoes of Hope Ambassador, the youngest to be honored with the prestigious EPIC Award - entertained the children, played with them and distributed shoes, T-shirts, and many toys that she collected for them.
And the children played...
The first "International Children's Holiday for Peace" was celebrated in the U.S., Haiti, Qatar, and Mexico on September 20th, 2003. The dream is that it will be celebrated one day all over the world. It will be a day where all children can be children. No worry about hunger, war, abuses, and not being loved.
Mural painted by the children in Balboa Park - San Diego in 2003
On September 21, 2003. children throughout San Diego County celebrated the International Children's Holiday for Peace at a free, fun afternoon filled with special activities. These celebrations also occurred in 15 villages in Haiti, Qatar, and Mexico.
At four local community centers they painted murals and canvases as well as enjoyed food and entertainment (local musicians, poetry, games, drumming, storytelling) as part of my campaign for world peace. The day ended with all of the youth participating in a special candle-lighting ceremony and singing the children’s peace anthem, “Let There Be Peace On Earth.
Mural painted by the children in Haiti
The four locations were the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, in southeast San Diego; World Beat Center in Balboa Park; Church of the Nazarene, and EJE – Excellence & Justice in Education in El Cajon.
In conjunction with the International Children’s Holiday for Peace, I’ve formed the “Artists for HOPE” – Healing through Opportunity and giving the Possibility for Excellence – Program. The purpose of the Artist for HOPE is to help poor children of the world become artists – as a way to improve their self-esteem, and as an opportunity to earn a living.
San Diegan artists responded to the request for artist participation at the International Children’s Holiday for Peace on the 20th in a big way. At all four locations, painters, musicians, drummers, storytellers and more shared their skills and gave the gift of music, art, fun and peace to the children attending the festival.
Dr. Carolle, children, and musician having fun Mural painted at EJE in El Cajon
Children and artist having fun at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA