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PTPI’s Global Book Club – September Selection

September 2nd, 2014

It is a pleasure to announce the 24th selection for PTPI’s Global Book Club, The Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd.

The acclaimed author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd writes a mesmerizing novel about two a magnificent novel about two extraordinary American women.

It begins with the story of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, who wants more from her life than working inside the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, also wants more from life however she is trapped by societal limits.

The story starts on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. It unfolds over their lifetimes each striving for a life of their own.

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Sue Monk Kidd was inspired to write this novel after visiting an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.  There was a wall of 999 women who had made significant contributions to history.  The list included two sisters from Charleston, the Grimkés.  Ms. Kidd was living in Charleston and had never heard of them and was determined to learn more.  She explains, “They were early abolitionists and women’s rights activities who sacrificed so much for their causes – relationship with family, their standing in society.”

The Invention of Wings is a story of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.   It is an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.  In addition, Oprah’s Harpo Films has acquired the rights to the novel.

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PTPI Chapter Project Grants: Lome, Togo

August 29th, 2014

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Members of PTPI's Lome, Togo Chapter and representatives from Adakpame Community Hospital

Members of PTPI’s Lome, Togo Chapter and representatives from Adakpame Community Hospital

Chapter Name: PTPI’s Lome, Togo Community Chapter

Project Name: 2014 Global Youth Service Day Project – Adakpame Community Hospital

Number of Beneficiaries: 1,000+

Project Description: Our Chapter Project Committee works in collaboration with the Community Development Group and the administration of the Adapkame Community Hospital to carry out the community needs assessment needs of which we identify the greater needs of the hospital. We organised the Global Youth Service Day project by donating sanitation materials, electrical fans, septic materials, cleaning materials liquid soaps, dettols, detergents etc to the hospital in Togo. The project was published by the national medias including newspaper and television. After we completed the project , a platform was also hosted by the national TV to reproduce the project with direct interview and discussions by the Chapter President.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: The outcomes of the project was providing the needed materials to the hospital which is to keep proper sanitation and cleanliness at the hospital and also make patients on admission comfortable with better ventilation.

Reflection on Lessons Learned: Through the implementation of this project, we got to know the difficulties community hospitals go through in this country out of not having appropriate working tools and materials. We are now planning to launch a campaign to raise awareness of such problems to the international world and also ask for materials and raise funds to support such causes especially in the rural communities of Togo. We thank the PTPI for the great impact they are making in the lives of the poor in Africa and the rest of the world through its chapter grant program. We believe we can do greater things together with supports from the PTPI Chapter Grants program.

Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

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PTPI’s 2014 European Forum / Theater Training Course: Day 6

August 27th, 2014

Leaders from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Romania, Serbia, and Spain were selected for the 2014 program in Berlin, Germany. Participants will share their experiences throughout the course of the program:

PTPI's 2014 Film Training course connected individuals across borders and cultures

PTPI’s 2014 Film Training course connected individuals across borders and cultures

Fundraising and PR Day - This was the last day of this extremely wonderful journey. We cannot believe that this time tomorrow we will be travelling home and thinking about all the amazing workshops, powerful discussions, dynamic activities and last but not least – unforgettable moments with the loveliest people. When we reflect on the past days, we are under the impression that every activity in its own way contributed to our personal and professional development.

Morning activities included discussions about fund raising methods and information about funding organizations. Then we had a workshop about public relations for our future projects. Although, the previous days were a lot more creative and resourceful, today’s topics were also of crucial importance for the highest outcome of our joint projects. Towards the end of the day, we had time to exchange ideas, further networking possibilities and contacts. The last part of the training reflected our emotions, memories and impressions of the whole course.

We can conclude that the greatest treasure that we will carry home, apart from the exceptional and  knowledgable experience, will be the mutual understanding and friendships we gained during this course. We would also like to congratulate Verena, Zoran,and Alina on a very professional and inspiring quest that they took us upon!

Now we are looking forward to our farewell party!

- Jana Stanoeska, Macedonia
- Natalia Simeonovic, Serbia

The 2014 PTPI Theater Training was funded with support from the European Commission

Program objectives include:

  • Increase participants knowledge and appreciation of other cultures
  • Learn how to best raise awareness of culturally-related stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Exchange ideas and experiences related to humanitarian service projects
  • Practice techniques useful for working with young people and marginalized groups
  • Develop skills that will enable participants to combat marginalization and poverty via theater productions by and for young people
  • Empower and motivate participants to use these skills in their own communities

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