Marie Gnausch, the founder of Elephants for peace, issued an invitation for a
first Online Gathering on ZOOM for followers, friends and active peacemakers,
for those to whom peace is a basic need. It was also to honour some of the many
fellow campaigners, the ones Rose Marie has worked with during the months of
December 2019 through to March 2020 and to give them an chance to speak their
mind. It was a very good opportunity to meet and give a face to the Flag
Bearers, those who promote peace within their community with the elephant as a
symbol for peace. Please find her letter of invitation at the bottom of my text
with the list of speakers.
and guests from various countries such as Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kenya,
Portugal, America, Sweden, Germany, Cyprus and others showed up in the online meeting,
with Rosemarie leading the conference and her husband Peter who assisted her,
also with her were her close coworkers helping to get the technical details
me introduce Rose Marie Gnausch with my own words, on the basis of her peace activities
I have been following for the last 12 years, so please click on the link above.
It all started in Cyprus in 2009, an
island in the Mediterranean that has been divided for 46 years, when she sent
her elephants created by children and people around the world to come and stand
up for peace right at and across the border between the two brother states
which cannot find to each other.
recognized some faces from Cyprus among the 35 guests in the Zoom Meeting,
there was Ute Woermann, former director of the Goethe Zentrum in Nicosia who
helped organizing some events and there was Hassina Nafa, member of Faculty of
Architecture at GAU and a close friend of Rose Marie who one day introduced her
Marie introduced the speakers and friends personally and explained the
individual events where they all had met and worked together.
emphasis of the online meeting was clearly on the serious situation in the Near
East, the problems between Israel and Palestine. It was good to hear that there
are organisations in Israel working for peace and understanding , facts that we
hardly get to hear in the media.
was a project running beginning of March in Bethlehem to which some artists and
departments from Cyprus were prepared to participate with art works, when the
Corona pandemic broke out and lockdowns were proclaimed, so Rose Marie had to
leave the country without delay before being restricted from flying home
they were working in this problematic zone, another Elephants for Peace event took
place in Kenya and together with some members of the YOUNIB Team Rev. Father Serge
Patrick Simo spoke of the experiences they had during the workshop in Kenya and
how the initiative is welcome in his community.
was very touching to listen to the speakers, their enthusiasm and strong wish
to work for peace. One of the most important prerequisites is communication, to
learn from each other and about each other and to finally find a common
language in order to overcome differences.
religious representatives were giving the meeting a thoughtful frame, a Suffi,
a Rabbi and a Christian, may they all find a way worldwide to reach out to each
other and teach their communities how to practice peace by showing respect for
one or the other person reading about this initiative for peace finds it
worthwhile to join, teachers or private persons, associations, charity and
peace groups, whatever, at the end of the text you will find the website with
the history and a way to contact.
for our situation in Cyprus, I am sure that we could well make use of another
train of peace elephants bringing some good will to reopen ways of
Rose Marie’s invitation:
Friends of Elephants for Peace,
this current time of tremendous change, the symbol for a Benevolent Power
at the service of all seems more urgent than ever. The elephant
standing for community, sharing responsibilities, protecting the weak ones
by simply shielding them from danger, ensuring harmonious life with all species
and Mother Nature, a lead symbol to redirect the way we think
about one another. Elephants for Peace connects all benevolent
people on planet earth through the image of the elephant. Reminding us that
with this vision in our hearts and the image in our head the world will be
a home to all.
by Elephants for Peace presented by Rose Marie Gnausch
from RABBI OR ZOHAR and SHEIK ESREF EFENDI - Song by RABBI Or Zohar
address by DOMINICUS ROHDE, President Schengen Peace Foundation,
PALMA, Founder and President of Living Peace
our long-term collaboration and the First Congress for Young Peace Ambassadors
in las Matas, "Crecer como constructores de paz"
Rozas (Madrid, España), 13-15 dec 2019
NAHKLE, principal- Carmel School, Haifa: on her experiences of 3
Days of Elephants for Peace Celebration,
January/ February 2020 in Carmel
VIDA ALHUSSEIN, ALSAMA NGO, Feb. 2020 Shafer-Amer experiences
with the Peace Elephants in Atef Khateb, Shfa-Amer High
AWAD Head and CO-Founder of Waldorfkindergarden
AKEY is director of the Waldorfschool Elshams in Shafa-Amer
RANTISI, Manager of Annahda Women’s Association, Center for
special needs, Ramallah
HAMAD, Non-violent communication Beith Sahour workshop with Elephants for
Peace. Najah Hamad is a teacher in the local school and cooperates with the Red
Crescent and the Local Women Council.
chose the powerful symbol of the elephant as my activity to inspire our society
because we are in need of friendly strength, to be like elephants take care of
each other in groups and in cooperation”. Najah Hamad
FATHER SERGE PATRICK SIMO, priest and
the YOUNIB team, Kenya, Feb.2020 on their experiences with
the Elephants for Peace workshop
11- CARLOS PALMA on our next steps and the Elephant
12- REV. FATHER SERGE PATRICK SIMO Blessing Closing Prayer
I am looking forward to a wonderful meeting,
Detailed introduction of our speakers:
OR ZOHAR is a musician and teacher of Judaism and Kabbalah, and a
Reform Jewish entrepreneurial activist. With his wife Felizia they are
producing a new album as a response to the New times entitled “End of
While in Galilei, William Nahkle and Rose Marie Gnausch went
to visit the Rabbi Or in Hararit, Galilei, spending many hours
around the theme of a future collaboration.
Eşref Efendi is a Sufi-Master speaking on issues of faith as an official
representative of Islam, authorized by the Honorable Naqshbandiyya Sufi Order.
He travels to numerous countries where he delivers speeches at events and
conferences. Romania, Finland, Canada, Brazil, Latin America and India have
been important destinations in recent years, where he talked about the everyday
practical interpretation of Islam and ways to global peace which always
inspires the audience.
Sufi Way to Peace initiative regularly organizes charity fundraisers for those
in need and travels to poor regions to meet and give hope to local people. Since
2015, Sheikh Eşref Efendi lives in Eigeltingen-Reute at Lake Constance in
Germany, where he practices Sufism in his Sufi Centre "Sufiland“ with his
community in daily life. He offers people his advice and guidance, regardless
of their religious and cultural background.
H. ROHDE is President of the Schengen Peace Foundation and
the Founder of the World Peace Forum. Born in Germany, Dominicus was raised in
Germany, France, and the USA. As a University student, he studied at Barcelona,
Luxembourg, Oxford, Beijing, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Paris, and
Bristol. He lives in Argentina and works worldwide.
2007 the Schengen Peace Foundation organizes the World Peace Forum, which
gathers scholars, peace activists, executives, journalists, students, religious
leaders, and politicians, as well as any citizen having an interest in
participating. The Schengen Peace Foundation was initiated in 2005 as a
not-for-profit charity approved by his Majesty Henri, the Grand Duke of
Luxembourg on Oct 19th, 2007. The Foundation contributes to the
construction of a more peaceful world by promoting peace, tolerance and
understanding through multicultural dialogue with the help of discussions,
publications, exhibits and workshops, internet platforms, encounters, exchange
and education programs as well as studies about peace.
CARLOS PALMA Living Peace founder and General Coordinator of Living Peace
International a project of Peace Education involving 1300 schools and Associations
in 160 countries creating small and large peace projects to apply in
collaboration with 70 International Peace Organizations.
Peace began in 2011 in Egypt thanks to Carlos Palma, a Uruguayan teacher who,
having experienced wars and conflicts in the Middle East for 25 years, wanted
to find a concrete answer to the longing for peace. Therefore, Carlos Palma
suggested to his students to begin each day rolling the “Dice of Peace” and to
do the Time Out at noon. The mood in his class improved quickly: children began
to help each other; teachers did not play favorites and sometimes they even
apologized for their mistakes. This positive school climate improved
everybody’s learning experience. Soon after, the whole school began using both
the “Dice of Peace” and the “Time Out”. Sixty large dice and a strong desire to
change education models and to open a dialog with everyone have changed the
Peace has since grown steadily thanks to the creative contribution of all the
people who have joined it and become active members. Today this project is
promoted by AMU (action for a united world) an NGO and involves more than one
million students from different religions and cultures.
NAHKLE, principal- Carmel School, Haifa
Peace in the Middle East on a daily working a true Living Peace
Recipient of Ambassadeurs de la Paix, Swiss France,
VIDA ALHUSSEIN is a former English teacher at Atef Khateh Highschool
in Shfa-Amer. She holds a BA in English and Fine Arts, studied Waldorf
education and Curative education.
Alsama Project brings the anthroposophical spirit into Gaza and the West Bank
through curative education and therapeutic programs for people with different
abilities. Alsama Project runs a specialized daycare center that
provides curative education and therapies for people with different abilities
since 2014 in Jenin.
Founder Faiza Vida Alhusseini started this project for poor people
with special needs who are not granted basic human rights such as basic health
care and inclusion in the Palestine social system.
project aims to eliminate the stigma towards people with different abilities by
providing specialized education that will enable them to be active contributors
in society. With the care they experienced in Alsama, they started walking
again and doing meaningful work.
small garden tended by the farmers at Alsama provides vegetables for people
under their care. Mission
help adults with different abilities reach their full potential.
provide a safe, inviting home where each human being is unique and has a right
to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life regardless of disability, race, and
enhance the curriculum through an anthroposophical approach that offers
opportunities for differently abled individuals to participate in
social activities, cultural programs, and sports.
incorporate the value of work through candle-making, soap production, and
showcase their work to the local community by selling their products in local
markets and bazaars.
also envision to have a cultural and professional exchange among educators and
volunteers from nearby communities and abroad, all aimed at raising
consciousness that is based on human dignity, moral integrity, and basic human
AWAD Head of the Waldorfkindergarden Elshams Shfa-Amer.
The Kindergarden has 100 children. She is member of the Inter-Sufi
Initiative group for Kindergardens. Aida Awad had been a
Kindergarden teacher in Jaffa before taking position in Shaf Amer. She was a
teacher forArabic in Matsuba Hebrew School. http://waldrof2.ravpage.co.il/shafaamer
AKEY is director of the first Arabic Waldorfschool Elshams in Israel
he supports the peace activities and was present during the Elephants
for Peace workshop. The Waldorfschool has currently 241 children and 26
RANTISI Manager of the Annahda Women’s Association, Center for
special needs, Ramallah. The center has a professional wood and print workshop
where the former students can work and earn a living. The workshop produces
beautiful toys in wood and many other educational items. For our visit, the
students had produced a hundred cut out elephants.
NAJAH HAMAD, Non-violent communication Beith Sahour workshop with
Elephants for Peace. Najah Hamad is a teacher in the local school and
cooperates with the Red Crescent and the Local Women Council of young women in
their 20ties. “I chose the powerful symbol of the elephant as my activity to
inspire our society because we are in need of friendly strength, to be like
elephants take care of each other in groups and in cooperation”.
FATHER SERGE PATRICK SIMO, Kenya
his own words, email received Feb. 22, 2020
drawings were done by Street children (Street
children are poor and homeless children who live on
the streets. Many of them were rescued from streets; for some
their parents were found dead because of being murdered and for many other
reasons). The YOUNIB (YOUTH NETWORK FOR INTERRELIGIOUS BROTHERHOOD) has
organized several activities to bring them to rehabilitation centers where they
can be well educated like other children and to have a chance to have a home
where they can feel loved.
positively to the initiative entitled “Elephants for peace” and promoted
by Elephants for Peace and Living Peace International, an
activity was organized with street children in rehabilitation center in
Nairobi-Kayole. In line with Elephant for peace and living peace international,
the goals were to have a deeper understanding of the values typical of peace;
to work to build peace; Show that we wish for peace in our highly problematic
and controversial global context; to Improve our teamwork ability and respect
for each other; to develop creativity; to develop friendly relationships among people.
the photos found in the gallery, we can see how the little ones despite their
painful backgrounds came joyfully together to draw elephants which are a symbol
of peace, a mix of strength and peace. Each child drew and decorated an
elephant according to his/her ability, to his/her age, respecting each other;
and all this under the guidance of the YOUNIB ANIMATORS. The result of this was
God bless us all so that we may all be peacemakers and peacekeepers. The smile
on the face of these kids was an expression of gratitude to LIVING PEACE
INTERNATIONAL AND ELEPHANT FOR PEACE.
you so much!
UP EVER THE BEST.
Father Serge Patrick Simo, priest
in 2020 for future collaboration took place with:
Rabbi Or Zohar, Hararit While in Galilei,
William Nahkle and Rose Marie Gnausch went to visit the Rabbi Or in
Hararit, spending many hours around the theme of a future collaboration in
visit of Ina Darmstaedter and Rose Marie Gnausch presenting and discussing
at Ein Bustan with Gal Mosen: meeting of William Nahkle
and Rose Marie Gnausch with Administrative Manager and Gal Mosen,
Bustan is a Jewish-Arab non-profit organization for social change that
works in the field of bilingual and multicultural education, based on the
principles of Waldorf education. The association's goal is to bring people
together and to serve as a bridge between the Arab and Jewish neighboring
populations, to build together a society based on shared life and peace. The
organization was established in 2005 by Jewish and Arab parents from
neighboring communities in the Lower Galilee, and it provides an opportunity
for the children of both peoples to get to know, respect and interact with one
another from an early age. “We share our languages and cultures and regard our
differences as a resource and an opportunity for enrichment and learning, and
not as a source of conflict.” The members of Ein Bustan's association share a social
vision in which Jews and Arabs live together in equality, peace, and mutual
understanding. Creating such a reality is achieved by sharing each other's
languages and cultures, and regarding the differences between us as a resource
and an opportunity for enrichment and learning rather than as a source of
Maayan Babustan, POB 206, Kiryat Tivon 36011 ISRAEL Ph.972-53-3657027 (Adi)
www.ein-bustan.org firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/EinBustan
Zelda Harris, journalist, Tel Aviv our biggest support in Tel Aviv and
Rantisi discussion on further collaboration on the production of the wood
and print workshop
Sahori Executive Director, Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans www.bethlehemfairtrade.org email@example.com
wonderful host in Beith Sahour and enormous support for the peace festival in
preparation with Ina Darmstaedter
INA DARMSTAEDTER invited Elephants for Peace to join the Peace Festival in
Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Ina has prepared for years a Peace Event in Jerusalem,
which was planned for March 8, 2020. Due to the current situation the Event was
postponed. During my stay in Beith Sahour Ina introduced me to many peace
makers of the region and many inspiring preparatory meetings took place. In our
current Conference Gathering for a Peaceful World Najadh Hamad
is one of them. Ina Darmstaedter and Suzan Sahori have worked for many years
preparing the postponed Peace Events.
for Peace: Gathering of a Peaceful World is organized and chaired
MARIE GNAUSCH founder of Elephants for Peace. She is an artist and art
historian born into West Germany with a family split in half through the Iron
Curtain. In her childhood she could experience how easy it is to
divide people and families and to reunite a long and hurdle some way.
She studied Fine Arts in France and Art History in New York
City. She works and collaborates as an artist and art historian
for Peace” is a global participatory art movement.
in Berlin in 2002 to empower the individual to believe in peaceful power.
Despite its majestic size and power, the elephant leads, and
rules yet shares and cares for the Other.
the inner image of a world ruled by fight or flight we
can introduce another reality into the existing one. It helps to realize that
the peaceful majority exists and then does remove
many obstacles in our life and creates a meaningful live of caring and
sharing for all.
Elephants for Peace 2008-2018
Elephants for Peace.Born in Berlin in 2002, implemented in
Cyprus 2009 is a participatory art movement for Peace. It unites Power with
Peace and reveals the ...www.youtube.com
for Peace Community e.V. (NGO)
President: Rose Marie Gnausch. Vice:
Andrea Horstmann. Treasurer: Joachim Richter.
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