Tuesday, June 25, 2024

[IPYG] IPYG's Volunteer Activity for Songkran Festival



[IPYG] IPYG's Volunteer Activity for Songkran Festival

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 regarding IPYG's (HWPL's Youth Affiliate) Volunteer Activity for Songkran Festival in UK

Clean and Safe ‘Songkran Festival’ in the UK, Created by IPYG Youth Volunteers

Event organizers and volunteers shouting ‘We are one’ while smiling brightly

On April 14th, IPYG UK participated in the ‘Songkran Festival’ held at the Buddha Padipa Temple in London, alongside young volunteers, donning blue HWPL vests symbolizing peace, engaging in environmental cleanup activities.

The Buddha Padipa Temple, Europe’s first temple sponsored by the Thai royal family, hosts the annual ‘Songkran Festival’ to commemorate the Thai New Year, gathering not only Thai immigrants but also many local residents to celebrate as one.

However, after the festival, the temple often faced the problem of litter left by many visitors, causing concern among temple officials about environmental cleanliness. Yet, with the assistance of IPYG volunteers at this event, this issue could be solved.

Volunteers assisting citizens around the trash cans to properly dispose of garbage

From early morning, IPYG volunteers gathered at the venue, cleaning the area, and guiding attendees throughout the event to dispose of trash properly, ensuring the festival proceeded in a pleasant environment.

On this day, temple officials and event attendees expressed gratitude to IPYG for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the temple and the Thai community.

Mohammed Usman, a member of the Youth Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW) UK and a volunteer at the Songkran Festival, expressed appreciation, saying, “I am grateful to have participated in such a meaningful volunteer activity with IPYG. Experiencing Thai culture was also wonderful, and everyone was kind and friendly.”

IPYG, a youth organization under HWPL, organizes working groups like YEPW to serve as focal points for youth in local communities, actively discussing various topics of international importance such as peace, security, and development, and voicing the concerns of youth for peace.

Volunteers cleaning up while walking around the event venue

We are One!

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