Leper Community, Lalang-linggah, Bali
Beginning in 1996, a small delegation of World Peace Center volunteers have been traveling back and forth between the USA and Bali, Indonesia to work at the Leper Community in Lalang-linggah, Tabanan. The volunteers bring food, clothing and household goods to the Leper Community residents and assist with activities of daily living. Some of the volunteers also offer massage and hands-on-healing.
In 1999, one such volunteer, professional muralist and visionary artist Jack Alexander, painted the artwork to the left as part of an ongoing healing process he participated in at the leper colony. The painting, entitled "Leper Beauty," depicts the beautiful, unmarred right-hand side of a leper girl whose body was ravaged with leprosy on the left-hand side.
Within 3 months following the completion of the artwork, the 23-year old subject of the painting experienced a total reversal of her condition. Much the way a person who has suffered from acute acne may be left with residual scars, the flesh she had lost from leprosy left scars on the diseased side of her body; but she no longer suffered the stench or the festering boils that accompany the condition.
Research suggests that certain Caucasians possess a body chemical that can affect and sometimes alter specific forms of leprosy. Although it is most likely that the transference of this chemical contributed to the reversal of the leper girl's disease, the girl herself attributes her healing to her own inner willingness to heal and to the transformational effect of seeing herself clean, fresh and beautiful (for the first time ever) in the painting.
Bali Bombing, Kuta, Indonesia
On the evening of October 12, 2002, the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia unraveled the idyllic peace on the island of Bali. The incident, which injured 209 people and killed 202 others, involved the detonation of a car bomb and a backpack-mounted suicide bomb in or near two popular nightclubs in the oceanfront tourist area of Kuta. An estimated 6,000 local residents lost their homes, shops, and livelihoods as a result of the bombing.
World Peace Center volunteers who were already in Bali, working with Balinese charitable organizations in efforts to benefit the Indonesian people, joined forces with other volunteers and philanthropic organizations to assist the bombing victims and their families. The WPC delegation worked tirelessly at hotline and crisis centers, counseling visitors, Bali residents and victims of the bombing. They also assisted local and incoming family members in the arduous procedure of locating their missing loved ones.
Burmese Refugee Camps, Thailand
For more than five decades, the government of Burma (now Myanmar) has been ruled by a series of military regimes that have perpetuated an armed and political conflict against the nation's numerous ethnic minorities. The conflict is infamous for its massive abuses of human rights (e.g., rape, torture, persecution, forced labor and extra-judicial executions).
As a result, more than 500,000 Burmese nationals, mainly
people of ethnic minorities, are severely displaced in their own country. An estimated 340,000 live in temporary
settlements administered by the ethnic nationals; approximately 92,000 are
civilians in hiding from the military government; another 108,000 are villagers
who have been forcibly evicted from their homes. and who now live in designated
relocation sites; hundreds of thousands of others have been displaced in
dysfunctional schemes to resettle the urban poor in large-scale infrastructure
projects. In pursuit of asylum, a
speculated half billion Burmese nationals have fled to the neighboring
countries of India,
Thailand and Bangladesh.
More than 160,000 live in and around 9 different refugee camps in the
neighboring border provinces of Northern Thailand.
Burmese refugees are continually denied refugee status by the Thai authorities and are thus forced to survive as illegal migrant workers with no legal protection. Many endure severe hardships and find it difficult to fulfill their own and their families’ basic needs.
World Peace Center volunteers serve among a continuous band of Thai people and Westerners who visit these areas in an attempt to make a difference. They bring warm clothes for the children and reading materials for the schools. They assist with medical services, teach English and help repair and rebuild the camp dwellings.
Asian Tsunami, Southern Thailand
On December 26, 2004, an earthquake of a magnitude between 9.1 and 9.3 on the Richter scale struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Known in Asia and in the international media as the Asian Tsunami, the event triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of all countries bordering the Indian Ocean. In one of the deadliest catastrophes in modern history, a total of 229,866 people were lost, including 186,983 dead and 42,883 missing.
The plight of the many affected people and countries prompted a widespread humanitarian response. World Peace Center volunteers, who were vacationing in Thailand at the time for the holiday, were immediately on the scene of the disaster. They assist the injured and distributing supplies to the destitute, and also played an instrumental role in helping to repatriate American citizens who had lost their passports and become disenfranchised overseas.
2010 Haitian Earthquake, Port au Prince, Haiti
In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake, the usual experience of third world corruption and inefficiency hampered outreach efforts for getting relief and supplies to the people in need. An estimated 50- to 90-cents of every US dollar donated to the needy failed to reach those for whom it was intended.
headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, World Peace Center pro-actively
responded and continues to respond to requests for
reusable laptops from Haitian churches, schools and clinics. Through
collaborating with nonprofit organizations in Canada and the United
States, we supply volunteers en route to Haiti with used, working
laptops and cell phones for hand-delivery to clergy, nurses, teachers and
schoolchildren in the greater Port us Prince area.
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