Five Months To Go: Just back from another series of youth rallies, this time in Kigali and Gisenyi, Rwanda and Goma, DRC. The people I met and the reasons why they are taking action on Peace Day continue to inspire me. The kind support of the Howard G. Buffett foundation has enabled us to run a focused campaign there since 2013, with a particular emphasis on youth – the peacemakers of the future.
The campaign is growing so fast, with organisations mobilizing on Peace Day on a range of issues that affect communities across the region. Last year over 4,500 activities took place in the Great Lakes region of Africa and we hope that this year even more will take place in the name of peace. Click here for great photos and coverage of the trip. Our education poster campaign continues to reach classrooms in the region, with over 70,000 posters distributed so far in Kenya, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. This is a truly creative way of engaging schoolchildren with ways they can get involved on Peace Day. Click hereto watch a short film that shows what this campaign is all about.
This year we are excited to distribute these posters to classrooms in Burundi alongside DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. If you work at or know a school in these countries who would be interested in receiving an education poster please click here to contact our team to request one. Meanwhile, momentum is growing as we continue our preparations for the Peace Day Youth Celebration in Kampala, Uganda on 21 September (click here for details). This is going to be such an incredible celebration, bringing together musicians, dance groups, choirs, and young peacemakers from all over the Great Lakes region to celebrate peace. Click here to watch the video for ‘One’, the Peace Day Anthem by Coke Studios, written by Zwai Bala, which will close the celebration. On my last trip to Uganda I recorded this message of support from Zwai Bala, which you can watch here. We have seen the impact of Peace Day spread across the globe, building peace in homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Find out more with this uplifting short film I made that launches today. Remember your actions are what make the day such a success! Finally for this month, I want to ask you the most important question – what will you do for Peace Day 2016? Now is the time to start planning, and our team can help you. Click here for inspirational ideas, and please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us all about your plans for 21 September. We’d love to hear them.
Founder, Peace One Day
PEACE ONE DAY FILMS
Where do we see the greatest impact on Peace Day, the 21st September? From governments, NGOs, corporations? No, the greatest impact on Peace Day comes from individuals. From you.
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SUPPORTING PEACE ONE DAY
We are delighted to have Zwai Bala as the musical director for the Peace One Day Youth Celebration in Kampala, Uganda. He wrote One, the Peace Day Anthem by Coke Studios that will be performed by musicians from across the region on 21 September in Kampala. A month ago, he joined Peace One Day in Uganda and recorded this enthusiastic message of support.
ORGANISE A PEACE DAY ACTIVITY Over the years, millions of people have organised all kinds of events to promote awareness of Peace Day, and to encourage reconciliation and peace-building in their own local community. No matter what you have planned for Peace Day, we are here to support you in any way we can. Check out these excellent resources to assist you in raising awareness of your Peace Day activity:
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