CPP exhibits at Care International

Posted on: November 4th, 2012 by admin

October 11, 2012, marked the first International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations. Calling an end to child marriage, and giving girls an education is one of the best strategies for protecting  girls against harm. By giving girls an education and keeping them in school they do not marry early, and receive a foundation to create a better life for themselves and their families. According to the UN, about 70 million young women are married before the age of 18. Child marriage denies a young woman her childhood, interrupts her education, limits her future, increases her risk of being a victim of violence and abuse, and jeopardizes her health.

CARE International was made aware of the Canvas Peace Project during research for commemorating this day, because of it’s work with helping women and girls.

Long time CARE volunteer, Janis Sundquist helped coordinate the efforts to bring The Canvas Peace Project exhibit  Ziba’s Cafè in Atlanta, Georgia.

Janie Gulick, artist of IDAL, the International  Decorative Artisans League also helped instal the exhibit including her contribution of 3 paintings.

The display began at Ziba’s on October 11 was then moved to the CARE’s lobby where special speaker, Emmanuel Jal was beginning his week of engagements in Atlanta.

Emmanuel Jal, born in South Sudan is a current musician and former child soldier. Jal’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and when he was about seven years old, his mother was killed by soldiers that were loyal to the government. Jal then decided to participate with the thousands of children that traveled to Ethiopia in the hope of receiving education but was then recruited by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and taken to military training camps at the age of 9. Jal broadcasts his message of peace and equality through his music, and his campaign, We Want Peace. In 2009, Jal published his book, War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story. The book describes Jal’s life from childhood soldier to Hip-Hop artist, and peace activist.


Gabriel Bol Deng, founder for Hope for Ariang, joined Cynthia Davis for the events in Atlanta, which included a panel of speakers at Morehouse College featuring former Ambassador Andrew Young and Emmanuel Jal and culminated with a special evening honoring Jal at Emory’s Institue for Developing Nations.


Also in attendance at the events was Carl Wilken’s Fellow Melanie Nelkin, CHF Tunde Adetunji, African Cultural Ambassador, Lorrie King, co-founder 50 CENTS.PERIOD, Dr. Melvina Turner King, Director of Leadership Studies at Moorehouse College, and Kira Walker, Atlanta Chapter co-leader for Dining for women to name a few.

The Canvas Peace Project’s exhibit will remain in Atlanta through November, where it will be displayed in galleries at the shops of Miami Circle.


The next  major Canvas Peace Project Exhibit will be March 17, 2013 at The Dolphin Den at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.



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