The Stand Up For Peace Projet Teams Up With Global Kids Connect To Co-Sponser Kick-Off Event In NYC
The Stand Up For Peace Project and the Global Kids Connect initiative have teamed up to sponsor a kick-off event for their upcoming cross-cultural humanitarian trip to Haiti.
- (1888PressRelease) June 24, 2011 - New York, NY - The Stand Up For Peace Project and the Global Kids Connect initiative have teamed up to sponsor a kick-off event for their upcoming cross-cultural humanitarian trip to Haiti under the auspices of the Global Kids Connect project to promote healing and assist in comforting the children effected by the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan and the earthquake in Haiti. Global Kids Connect is a joint project of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), a United Nations accredited NGO; HappyDoll Inc., an organization founded in January, 2011, which has since run projects for orphans and other children in Japan post-tsunami/earthquake; Centre Bon Samaritan in Haiti; The Haitian Action for the United Nations; and The Stand Up For Peace Project, an initiative that promotes peace, understanding and healing worldwide. The event will take place at the offices of HappyDoll, Inc., 2075 Broadway (between 72-73rd Streets), Suite 506, in New York City on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.
At the event, the Global Kids Connect project will be described and children representing the countries involved in the project (Haiti, Japan and America) will demonstrate the construction of the HappyDolls, which will be taken to Haiti two days thereafter. In the aftermath of the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan and the earthquake in Haiti, thousands of children in those countries still suffer either directly from loss of parents and homes or indirectly from fears of what could recur. To comfort these youth and assist in their healing, the Global Kids Connect project is organizing groups of children in each country to exchange plush dolls to offer messages of comfort and caring.
"The project is based on sound psychological principles applied in other disasters, whereby teddy bears and greeting cards given by children to peers represent 'transitional objects' and 'contact comfort' that are symbolic of a nurturing maternal figure offering security and safety. Having the doll come from another country makes the child feel cared for and connected, that helps healing."-Dr. Judy Kuriansky, noted clinical psychologist, well-known radio advice host and TV personality, and co-founder of The Stand Up For Peace Project
The partners in the project consist of Dr. Judy Kuriansky (www.DrJudy.com), the well-known international psychologist and humanitarian who has done psychological first aide for survivors of many disasters, including 9/11 in NYC, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Asian tsunami and earthquakes in China and Haiti, and who is also the main United Nations NGO representative of the IAAP and an adjunct at Columbia University Teachers College; Nozomi Terao, formerly of Morgan Stanley, who is the founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll Inc. (www.Happydoll.org); Russell Daisey an internationally known composer and co-founder of the Stand Up for Peace Project (www.towersoflightsong.com); and Father Wismick Jean Charles, a Haitian Catholic priest, UN NGO representative for IAAP and a graduate student at Fordham University.
"There was happiness on the children's faces, a look of mystery about where the dolls were going next, the feeling of understanding that they were making something that would go across the world, to strangers. They knew that they were helping other children far away, in Haiti."-Nozomi Terao, founder of HappyDoll, Inc. who organized the doll making in Japan
Where: HappyDoll, Inc., 2075 Broadway
(between 72-73rd Streets), Suite 506, NYC
When: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Contact Info for The Stand Up For Peace Project:
Redwood Entertainment, Inc.
info ( @ ) redwoodentertainment dot com