Tuesday, January 16, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL Georgia Branch of the U.S. Celebrated 2023 Year-End Gala!



[HWPL] HWPL Georgia Branch of the U.S. Celebrated 2023 Year-End Gala!

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 Georgia of the U.S. 

HWPL Georgia Branch celebrated 2023 Year-End Gala to commemorate International Day of Volunteer

On December 1, 2023, HWPL Georgia hosted an End of Year Gala in commemoration of the International Day of Volunteer. The event was attended by 87 people who support HWPL.

December 5th is known as the ‘International Day of Volunteers.’ It was established as an international commemorative day in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Volunteers.

Clarkson Georgia, is a destination location for refugees entering the United States. The city is only 3.6 square kilometers but hosts people from 40 different nationalities, speaking 60 languages. Fifty percent of Clarkston’s residents are refugees who were not born in the United States.

Since December 2022, HWPL Georgia has held volunteer drives and collections to provide support for the refugees in Clarkston, Georgia. The Branch distributed 1,700 articles of clothing, 10,658 hygiene products, 1,458 school supplies, and 1,016 food items. Over 200 refugees were serviced through these efforts.

While HWPL volunteers felt rewarded through these campaigns, they also learned that refugees had left their hometowns because of war. Therefore, a special year-end gala to celebrate International Volunteer Day on December 5th was planned, and the volunteers decided to produce and screen a documentary about refugees at the gala.

Volunteers conducted interviews with residents of the refugee community. Focusing on war, which is a major cause of refugees, we produced the documentary “Because of War,” which conveys the message that what these people want is for the war to end and to return to their hometowns. The documentary not only focuses on the horrors of war, but also emphasizes how the positive impact of volunteer work can change society, conveying the message that we must all come together as one to overcome difficulties.

People from all walks of life who attended the gala were moved by the documentary and expressed their intention to donate to refugee support activities. As a result, 15 people participated in the donation, and a total of $3,500 was raised, and the attendees expressed their intention to participate in the activity by signing up as HWPL members. State Representative Segun Adeyina, who attended the gala, said, “HWPL’s commitment to peace-building and empowerment is truly commendable. Together, we can create a more harmonious and powerful future for all”. Additionally, state representatives who attended the gala with Mr. Segun Adeyina were very pleased with the event and held an idea of screening the documentary at the House of Representatives.

The year-end gala not only celebrated past peace achievements, but also laid the foundation for HWPL’s business direction for the next year. The donations raised will be delivered to provide educational scholarships for refugee children.

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