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Kids for Peace Newsletter
Good NewsFall 2010
In This Issue
Bucks for Beds
Holiday Giving Campaign
Our Sponsors
New Chapters
Legacy Society Gratitude
Peace Hero
Danielle Gram
Cardiff Chapter Spotlight
Bucks for Beds Project Launched
Every Child Deserves
Sweet Dreams

Please help us provide bunk beds for children at the Fiwagoh orphanage in Kenya. A Kids for Peace group recently visited this orphanage and instantly made friends with these beautiful children. These orphans have big hearts and big smiles, but no beds to sleep in. Although they do not complain about sleeping on the floor, we want to do what we can to ensure they have sweet dreams in warm beds.

Everyone who generously sponsors a bed will have an acknowledgement painted on the bed frame. 

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Fiwagoh Orphanage Boys
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Give the Gift of Peace, Joy & Hope

This Holiday Season

Holiday Giving Campaign

Looking for the perfect holiday present?  How about giving a gift  to benefit the children of Kids for Peace? 

More details coming soon!
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Our Sponsors
We are thrilled to thank our sponsors.  Their generosity makes a HUGE difference to our children.
Thank you!  Thank you!

Southwest Airlines

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Hay House Logo

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 Art N Soul

It's a Luv Thing Logo

 
New Chapters 
Kids for Peace continues to grow and grow!  Below is a list of our newest Kids for Peace chapters.
  • Woodstock International School (Woodstook, GA)
  • River Montessori Charter School (Petaluma, CA)
  • Santa Clara (CA)
  • Tierrasanta/Del Cerro (SanDiego,CA)
  • Minot (Minot, ND)
  • Rolling Hills Elementary (Fairfield, CA)
  • Nelda Mundy Elementary (Fairfield, CA)
  • Camarillo (CA)
  • North County Inland (San Diego, CA)
  • Sioux Falls (SD)
Thank you
Legacy Society Members!!!

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our following Legacy Society Members.  Their belief in our mission allows us to continue and expand our important mission.

Peace Ambassador Level
Katrina Goldsmith
Jill McManigal
Janice Walker

Foundation Level
Scott Boras
Cathy Canaday
John and Dawn Gram
Steve Karfaridis
Carol Kennedy
Gloria McManigal
Donna and Glenn Pinto
Kathleen and Jeff Rosenthal
Shari Simon

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Greetings! 

To be in the presence of Jane Goodall is truly awe-inspiring.  She is graceful, wise, mighty and strong.  Presenting Dr. Goodall with our Peace Hero Award was a profound experience for all involved.

Dr. Goodall's inspiration will be with us as we launch our next two lines from our Peace Pledge, "I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day," and "I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands." With Dr. Goodall's commitment and passion as a model, we know that we can do anything!!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference," our 2010 Peace Hero stated.  Thank you for all YOU do to make a positive difference.  It truly matters!!!

With Peace and Gratitude,

Jill McManigal
Cofounder and Executive Director

2010 Peace Hero Dr. Jane Goodall

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 Jackie joyfully presents the trophy to Dr. Goodall.

Our children were absolutely delighted to present our 2010 Peace Hero Award to this glorious icon. Kids for Peace kids gathered in San Francisco from all over the world to honor Dr. Goodall in a very intimate ceremony led by the children.


Dr. Goodall mesmerized the children as she graciously accepted the Peace Hero trophy and said, "This is the most special award. It will sit very proudly next to some other special things." She spoke for nearly thirty minutes about her transformative experiences and the importance of peace. A reverent hush was experienced by the kids as they listened and learned. They knew they were in the presence of greatness.

The ceremony ended with Dr. Goodall stating, "There is a special call the chimpanzees make at night tucked in their nests, when they're happy and all is right in the world." Dr. Goodall then mimicked the sweet and happy sound of the chimpanzees. The children joyfully answered the call with their own calls of happiness. Everything was definitely "right in the world!"

 

 

 Jane Solo

2010 Peace Hero Jane Goodall



Our kids are all smiles after presenting the Peace Hero trophy.

Cofounder Danielle Gram Wins

World of Children Youth Founder's Award

Danielle Gram, cofounder of Kids for Peace, was honored by the World of Children at the 13th annual World of Children Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 4, at UNICEF House in New York City.  Danielle was chosen from 550 nominations worldwide and showcased alongside five other global changemakers who have dramatically improved children's lives. 

The extraordinary individuals who have pioneered life-changing programs to benefit children each were honored with the award that's been recently hailed in the press as the "Nobel PrizeŽ for Children" - an annual honor that includes a grant of $20,000 for Kids for Peace.

"The World of Children Awards program is proud to support these exemplary individuals for their tremendous efforts to improve the lives of children in the U.S. and abroad," said Harry Leibowitz, the World of Children Awards' co-founder and co-chairman. 

Thank you World of Children for honoring Danielle and Kids for Peace in such a tremendous way. 

Congratulations Danielle!  We are so proud of you!!!

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Danielle Gram with the 2009 and 2008 World of Children Youth Founder Recipients Jessica Markowitz and Talia Leman
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Chapter Spotlight

Cardiff Chapter Highlights
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Georgia had a blast making worm bins at the Solana Center for the Environment

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Cardiff Chapter was founded in September 2007.  Our chapter has about 18 boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 13 years - the older kids take more of a leadership role in the chapter and help select the years' activities.  We use the peace pledge as our guide for meetings and our main passion is for cross-cultural learning!  The kids are always fascinated by the different ways of life around the world and surprised by the number of things children have in common, even when they dress, live, and talk differently.  In 2008 the kids came up with the slogan "Food and Freedom for All!" which pretty much sums up how they feel about how the people of the world should treat one another!

In some of our culture-focused meetings we have:
  • Sent Peace Packs to Kenya, Haiti, South Africa, Panama, Mexico, Laos, and Turkey...
  • Launched a pen pal program with kids in an orphanage in South Africa...
  • Experienced "life in Iran" with an Iranian family in our chapter...
  • Collected books to start libraries in El Salvador for at-risk and incarcerated youth...
  • Learned about life in Afghanistan from a former soldier who served there, and collected over $175 in pennies to help build and supply schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan...
  • Exchanged friendship bracelets and pictures with orphans in Peru...
  • Met with Engineers Without Borders to learn about India, had an Indian feast and learned how to wrap an Indian bridal sari from one of our chapter moms...
  • Learned all about how children live in Uganda from a local teen who volunteered with the Just Like My Child foundation...

Sam Goldsmith, age 10, says giving Peace Packs is his favorite thing: "It's totally awesome to send toys that the kids have maybe never seen!"  We also like to incorporate arts, service and environmental projects throughout the year.  Some of our upcoming meetings this year include:
  • Creating a performing arts "variety show" to promote our chapter's work for peace
  • Volunteering at Feeding America - we will fill and decorate lunch bags to provide weekend food for hungry kids
  • Touring and pitching in at a local urban organic botanical garden

It's a ton of fun and it really leaves a lasting impression.

-Katrina Goldsmith and Jennifer Moore, chapter leaders

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The Cardiff Chapter with their Peace Packs for Africa.