Sunday, November 19, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Mural Project in East Timor!



[HWPL] HWPL Hosted HWPL World Peace Summit with Global Leaders

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's Peace Mural Project in East Timor :)

“To Foster Peace in Timor-Leste”: A Unified Community Spirit in the Public Peace Art Initiative

A collaborative endeavor by HWPL and IPYG that brought together the local community


From July to September, HWPL and IPYG joined a collaborative effort to bring a Public Peace Art project to life at the Xanana Sports Center in Dili, the capital of East Timor. This initiative was meticulously crafted to serve as a catalyst for bolstering tourism and enhancing social cohesion within East Timor’s local communities. With the steadfast backing of the government, youth organizations, a local business, and the dedication of volunteers from local art institutions and students, this project reached successful fruition. A dedicated team of over 40 volunteers, comprised of young artists and students, united under the banner of the Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working Group (YEPW). Together, they embarked on the transformative journey of adorning a weathered wall with captivating and profoundly meaningful works of art, centered around the theme of “Love and Peace.”

Between 1975 and 1999, East Timor endured a period of Indonesian occupation, marked by a multitude of conflicts and hardships. It wasn’t until 2002 that the nation achieved its hard-fought independence. Nevertheless, as a newly established country, East Timor continues to grapple with an array of challenges, including the intricate process of social recovery, human resource development, and economic growth.

HWPL and IPYG are wholeheartedly engaged in collaborative endeavors with the East Timorese government and local communities, dedicated to fostering a culture of peace while actively contributing to social recovery, unity, and development. IPYG has been particularly focused on addressing pressing concerns affecting both youth and peace, notably issues such as youth unemployment and the scarcity of educational opportunities. These efforts have been channeled through East Timor’s YEPW.

YEPW has been diligently exploring avenues to amalgamate tourism and peace-oriented activities, capitalizing on East Timor’s innate natural beauty to positively influence social development. The Public Peace Art project, with East Timor’s YEPW at its core, garnered involvement from not only YEPW members but also a substantial number of local community participants.

Government officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister of East Timor, the Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts, and Culture, the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Higher Education, facilitated the allocation of public spaces for Public Peace Art project. Concurrently, a dedicated group of around 40 volunteers, composed of young artists and students, endeavored to imbue Dili’s environment with a sense of peace and hope. This endeavor was made feasible with the generous backing of East Timor’s Vinod Patel company, which provided the substantial quantity of paint required to adorn the expansive 54-meter wall.

Mr. Iliwatu Danabere, the President of Arte Moris, expressed his motivation for volunteering in the HWPL peace mural project as follows: ” It is the best opportunity for us to keep promoting peace through public art, because we believe that peace has to be looked after like a plant with passion and love.”

The Public Peace Art, a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of diverse participants, achieved completion within a mere two months, commencing with a Launching Ceremony on July 31, 2023. These Public Peace Art murals were crafted around the theme of “Love Myself, Love My Family, Love My Country, Love Peace, and Love HWPL.” Through this project, YEPW sought to not only instill East Timorese citizens with love and peace but also to foster unity within the local community and make a positive contribution to urban beautification, with the prospect of subsequently driving urban development and economic value.

Dalzielm, the Student President of Dili Institute of Technology, who participated in the peace mural activity, expressed his thoughts, “It (HWPL Public Peace Art) really brings positivity to Timor-Leste social environment. We are really thankful to HWPL for giving and sharing their expertise.”

In the coming years, HWPL and IPYG will persist in deliberating over strategies for fostering and firmly establishing peace in East Timor. Their commitment to these ideals includes an unwavering partnership with local community stakeholders as they work diligently to make peace a reality. Additionally, they are set to broaden their engagement with the local East Timor community through diverse initiatives, encompassing Public Peace Art projects, interfaith dialogue, and peace education in multiple regions. East Timor’s YEPW will remain a pivotal organization in this endeavor, actively extending its youth network to bolster local community development and the pursuit of peace.

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