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PTPI Chapter Project Grants: Lilongwe, Malawi

December 18th, 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.

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PTPI members of Malawi spending time with the students at Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Chapter Name: Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter

Project Name: Youth Interaction at Dzaleka Refugee Camp – Malawi

Number of Beneficiaries: 250

Project Description: Members of the Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter went to meet fellow students at Dzaleka Refugee Camp on the 26th and 28th of September, 2013 with the aim of interacting with them. They sang songs, danced, share stories from their respective countries, made friendships and enjoyed drinks and snacks together. Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter Members also brought with them exercise books and writing pens that were shared with the students at the camp.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project:          

-Enhancement of coexistence among  Malawian students and those at Dzaleka Refugee Camp

-Understanding of problems associated with wars/conflicts and able to stand together as human beings

-Able to learn and appreciate diverse culture from different countries

-Lasting friendship were made between the two groups

Reflection on Lessons Learned: The behavior of students at the refugee camp, particularly from Luanda, who was a little bit troublesome, and Malawian students quickly realized the behavior would be as the result of the hardship they went through.  However, with the help from camp managers all went on well.  Secondly despite such unwelcome behavior, it was learned that young people require the same parental care, guidance and support.

Interaction proved also that there was no need for segregation.

Implementing a project at a refugee camp, but people who live on handouts has its own challenges as they expect more and requires thorough preparations for remarkable results.

We recommend  a similar project at the camp in the near future.

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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Discussion Questions for The Light Between Oceans – Everyday Miracles

December 16th, 2014

Question answered by K. Saroja, Global Book Club Guest Reader

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Tom Sherbourne has strong work and moral ethics. What makes him to give in to Isabel’s interpretation that the baby was ‘God’s Gift’ to them and not discharge his duty as lighthouse keeper, informing the authorities about the boat with a dead man and a baby?

It was such a coincidence that the baby was found in the boat at the time when Isabel was grieving for the loss of her  own still born baby. She strongly believes that the baby was a ‘God-sent gift to her. Does she brainwash herself with that belief or it is manifestation of The Secret? I am certain we all have had similar experience one time or other in our lives. Certainly it did happen to me.

I was expecting my second baby. I also was working full time. My older son was 4 years old.  I was looking for a live-in nanny for my second baby. I  had no one to turn to in my family as all of them lived in India and had their own young families to care for.  I did not know what to do and where to look. I had no idea how these things worked here (in the United States) either. There was only week left for the baby to come. I was clueless how I was going to handle the sitiation if I did not get help in time. I was desperate.

I had talked about my predicament to some people at work. Believe it or not, the week  I was going to have the baby one of my co-workers said that a friend of a friend was coming to the U.S. from Poland and would love  to take care of a newborn, as she loves babies. At first I thought she was  saying that because she wanted the job. But I was totally wrong. The day I came back from the hospital she took my son from my hands and that was it. It was magical ! I could not believe how well she took care of my son from that day onward. I can not explain even today how that miracle happened! Even my own grand mother would not have done such an excellent job.

She just loved my son and took care of him as her own just the way Isabel did Lucy. I really believed that she was a godsend to me. The timing of her coming was so perfect and I could not have planned it such a way even if I wanted to. She did not speak a word of English and I did not know a word of  Polish, so we communicated using a  Polish to English and English to Polish dictionary. I always feel greatful for the way help arrived to me. So I am not surprised the way Isabel thought that Lucy was a gift sent to her by God to fulfill her maternal instincts. Our nanny, Ola, had to return to Poland after three years and I am eternally grateful to her and her love towards my son.

Saroja

People to People International’s Global Book Club is a way to connect with your global community. Global Book Club members communicate about valuable, international topics and gain unique insight and understanding of various cultural views in relation to those topics. For more information on People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org or PTPI’s Facebook Page. #globalbookclub

The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of  PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.


Discussion Questions for The Light Between Oceans

December 10th, 2014

Questions prepared by K. Saroja, Global Book Club Guest Reader

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1. Of the characters Tom Sherbourne, Isabel Graysmark and Hannah Roennfeldt who is your favorite and why? or any other character steals your heart?

2. Tom Sherbourne has strong work and moral ethics. What makes him to give in to Isabel’s interpretation that the baby was ‘God’s Gift’ to them and not discharge his duty as lighthouse keeper, informing the authorities about the boat with a dead man and a baby?

3. Tom Sherbourne does inform Hannah that her baby is alive and well cared for. Why does he take that step, knowing fully well that would break Isabel’s heart. How does he protect his love for Isabel?

4. Isabel knew that her stubbornness in wanting to keep the baby for herself was hurting her husband. She loves her husband very dearly. What is that makes her do what she did?

5. Both Isabel and Hannah love Lucy/Grace with all their hearts. One is a childless mother and other is a biological mother. Can one judge whether one’s love is stronger than the other?

6. Lucy is a very lucky child to experience such an abundant love. if Lucy was an adult, if she had to make a choice between Isabel and Hannah what would she do and why?

7. Lucy was returned to Hannah because she was the biological mother. Was that fair to Lucy?

8. When Hannah asks her husband Frank Roenfeldt about the secret of him being always happy in spite of being an victim of hate crime he says “I choose to…I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened or I can forgive and forget… it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, everyday. You have to keep remembering all the bad things…we always have a choice. All of us.’ Have you had any personal experience or know anyone who was a victim of a hate crime and was able to forget and forgive?

9. If you were given a choice would you have ended the story differently?

People to People International’s Global Book Club is a way to connect with your global community. Global Book Club members communicate about valuable, international topics and gain unique insight and understanding of various cultural views in relation to those topics. For more information on People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org or PTPI’s Facebook Page. #globalbookclub

The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of  PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.