Dear Cultural Connections Community and Friends,
Gratitude and Joy from Laura and Deanna!
As of September 30, 2021, the Peace Center Fund goal of $150,000 has been surpassed to the amount of $169,849. We ALL did it! Specific expressions of gratitude will be articulated at a later time in various ways. Right now, let’s celebrate the good news!
The Peace Center Fund will transform lives and increase the capacity of Beena Sebastian and her team at Cultural Academy for Peace to provide shelter and nurturing recovery programs to the women in their care.
A celebration of this accomplishment is in the works. Until then, please accept our deep gratitude.
Laura Farkas, Chair, Peace Center Fund Committee
Deanna Brown, Director Cultural Connections, Women Weaving Worlds
(100% = perfect equality) and its Tier II status in the United Nations’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) signals the fact that India is making some moves toward compliance and improvement in support and protection of vulnerable women, yet continues to be a source, destination, and transit country for forced labor and sex trafficking. Cultural Academy for Peace helps survivors heal and thrive.
does not own its own property and its domestic violence shelters, scattered around the city, are vulnerable to rising land vales and increasing rental costs. Reflecting a reality across the urbanizing regions of Asia and South Asia, property values in Kerala, India in 2019 run at about $750,000 per acre. For reference, the average value of land in Chicago, IL = $650,000/ acre The Cultural Academy for Peace needs 1/5 of an acre at a cost of $150,000.
The goal of the Peace Center Fund is to raise $150,000 to purchase a parcel of land for Cultural Academy for Peace (CAP) in Kerala, India. The land will serve as a permanent home for CAP, where it can build a multi-purpose community center to welcome those in its care.
You can help bring this vision to reality with your donation to the Peace Center Fund.
Please consider making this a monthly donation.
Your generosity will contribute to 1/300 of the land needed to provide shelter to these women.
We couldn’t do this without you. You’ve helped us provide a new home for hundreds of women who need your help!
The Peace Center Fund was established by a core committee of women who have travelled with Deanna Brown’s Cultural Connections to Kerala, India and had the opportunity to engage with Beena Sebastian and many of the women she works with and supports via the Cultural Academy for Peace. The Peace Center Fund’s sole purpose is to raise $150,000 for the purchase of a parcel of land on which Cultural Academy for Peace can realize its vision:
Beena is the founder and chairperson of Cultural Academy for Peace, a non-profit in India which has been a pioneer of social development and social action since 1984. Beena was nominated and affirmed as one of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 and continues to inspire critically needed change in the lives of thousands of women, men, and children in India.
Deanna is the founder and facilitator of Cultural Connections, an international intercultural sojourn for women from the United States traveling to India. She has led dozens of groups of students, academics, and women in their engagement of Indian culture and has worked alongside Cultural Academy for Peace more than 20 years.