Our founder and president is a former Disney animator and longtime author and illustrator of books for children. In 2012, Sue began to wonder how those in the creative community could move beyond entertainment to guide the world’s youth towards a conversation about peace, community, harmony, and connectedness. As she mulled the possibilities on Facebook, the discussion caught the eye of Deborah Moldow, the chair of the United Nations Peace Day NGO. Deborah asked if she could create a project for Peace Day. Soon, the Peace Crane Project took flight.
Since launching the Peace Crane Project, the goal to arm our children with the skills to express themselves creatively, and connect them to one another through the arts has been met with astounding enthusiasm and support around the world. Participants engage and communicate with one another every day of the year, often building on the network, and bringing a new level of compassion, appreciation, and understanding to their communities.
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Our director Sarah has a passion for peace that started with her curiosity about global development and inequality. This led her to undertake her BA Social Science, majoring in Community Development at the University of Queensland in Australia. During her studies, Sarah worked for the International Day of Peace Alliance Inc., a grassroots, not-for-profit, non-government organization in Brisbane, Australia, whose aim was to “raise awareness and celebrate” the International Day of Peace each year. Sarah acted as Secretary, then Project Manager, for the group’s local and international programs.
Sarah graduated with a BA in 2011 and since then has worked with sustainable grassroots organizations in Cambodia, Nepal and India, primarily with women and children who’ve faced severe adversity or disadvantage. Her focus is on Peace Education and the power of grassroots programs, such as the Peace Crane Project. In 2016, Sarah was awarded one of two annual Global Grant Scholarships from Rotary International to undertake her MA International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations’ University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, which she is due to complete in June this year. While studying her MA, Sarah is concurrently working with refugees and migrants in Costa Rica’s refugee camps and has worked on various Rotary lead projects such as provision deliveries to young mothers in rural communities and a national peace program in El Salvador with UNESCO,
In 2016, Sarah was awarded one of two annual Global Grant Scholarships from Rotary International to undertake her MA International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations’ University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, which she is due to complete in June this year. While studying her MA, Sarah is concurrently working with refugees and migrants in Costa Rica’s refugee camps and has worked on various Rotary lead projects such as provision deliveries to young mothers in rural communities and a national peace program in El Salvador with UNESCO, USAid and UN Volunteers. Prior to Costa Rica, Sarah also completed a five month internship with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in Sydney. IEP produce the annual Global Peace Index, the world’s leading report quantifying global peace.
Qayssar, our social media guru, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1991. He received the B.E. degree in law from Al-Mamon University College, Baghdad, Iraq, in 2013. In 2012, he joined Baghdad City of Peace Carnival – World Peace Day (BCOPC), as a Photographer, and in 2014 became a Photographers Team Coordinator. Since September of 2015, he has been with Media Department of (BCOPC), where he was a Media Coordinator, became an IQPeace Center Manager in 2016, (BCOPC) a group of Baghdadi youths who gathered by the initiations and the civil society associations, Believe in the existence of peace within every single individual and aim at bringing the title of “City of Peace” back to Baghdad throughout providing chances of participation between youths and society associations.
Qayssar’s current interests include peacebuilding, innovation, volunteering, youth activities & civil society movements in Iraq. He is Volunteer in Innovation for Development initiative Project (Inno4Dev) led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP), which is funded by the European Union (EU). Inno4Dev aims to promote and support young people in Iraq between 16 and 30 years old in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, using Design Thinking and Lean Startup as main methodology. He was CSO Liaison Officer and Trainer, Trainer on New Media (Trained over 75 NGOs) Following up (M&E) with local CSOs in Baghdad. He was Programme Assistant:Rapid Assessment and Response Team of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Iraq Mission in 2015, Enumerator/Community Stabilization & Revitalization Unit (IOM) in 2016.
Our creative savant, Australian-German Rubia has worked in film, TV, web, music and print in four continents. She holds dual degrees in children’s development and in media studies, started her own creative venture at the age of 21 and produced her first feature film at the age of 23.