Global Youth Murals 2019

People to People Delaware had the privilege of leading the 2019 Global Youth Mural Event at the Claymont Boys and Girls Club last week. Eight middle school students talked about the values of peace, non-violence and embracing diversity, and worked with the theme One People, One World. The students were remarkably engaged, creative and hard working. This is a project that is happening in countries throughout the world. The Delaware murals will travel to many countries to spread the word of cooperation, respect and friendship. Many thanks to the terrific team at the Boys and Girls Club who helped to make this project a success. Thank you also to our artist in residence, Ms. Eunice Lafate, who has a longstanding commitment to working with kids and the greater Wilmington community. The murals will be premiered, along with other murals from around the world, at the Lafate Gallery at 227 N. Market St., Wilmington, from 5-8:30PM during the Wilmington Art Loop on September 6th. We hope to see you there!


Messages from the Students:


‘ It’s all of our jobs to share ideas and care about one another. If we all work together, we can have the world we imagine.’


‘Bring Love, Not Hate!’

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2018.

People to People International (DE Chapter) presents a Peace Week Delaware lecture with DSU Alumnus and founder of DETV, Ivan Thomas.
Mr. Thomas will speak on using photography as a means of multicultural communication. Thomas is one of the most recognizable faces in Delaware. An award-winning local producer, director, editor, online activist and relentlessly positive community organizer, Ivan understands the science and psychology of film, media marketing and advertising, and he loves communicating and creating through this medium.
DATE: Sunday, September 23, 2018
TIME: 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue Lewes

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Above: Tuesday, July 10 at Duffers Mill for a buffet dinner with UD Global Studies’ SUSI students from Sub-Saharan Africa. $25 per person.

Below: Annual Meeting at Ed Oliver Golf Club. Floyd & lice Ho receiving People Helping People award. Special Guest Merrill Atwater. Guest speaker, Ivan Thomas.

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The Delaware chapter of People to People International is hosting this unique project to engage youth in cultural awareness and peace- building skills while creating a hanging mural together.
Two locations and times are being offered:
Friday July 27th (4-6pm) & Saturday July 28th (9am-12pm) at The Lafate Gallery, 227 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Friday August 3rd (4-6pm) & Saturday August 4th (9am-Noon) at The Boston Street Gallery, 2539 East Boston Street Philadelphia, PA 19125.
In keeping with the spirit of the Mural Friendly, youth agree to maintain a non-competitive, respectful atmosphere that fosters friendship, trust, and peace. Sessions will include each youth sharing about their culture/ traditions, and learning how many countries make our world great.
An artist with international background and PTPDE board members will lead each group in brainstorming and designing a (free hanging) mural. Please note activities to develop this year’s theme will be the focus on Friday and the mural will only be made on Saturday. Youth must attend both days to take part in creating the mural.
Ages 8-19 can participate in this FREE project. Youth will work in groups based on age to show the “salad bowl” diversity of Delaware. Each group will be no more than 5-6 youth so they have enough time to share and create the mural that will then travel around the world thru PTPI chapters!
Youth Murals 2017.jpg Please email if you want more details or to receive and complete a registration form no later than July 7th.


Hold the Date:  Annual Meeting: Dinner and Program featuring Ivan Thomas

Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 PM. Ed Oliver Golf Club.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater Joining us for our Annual Meeting!

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Contact: KIM BURDICK, DPA-COA 2017. Executive Director, People to People Delaware.
RE: People to People Delaware Cordially Invites the Public to its Annual Meeting, Wed June 13, 2018. Special Guests include Merrill Eisenhower Atwater & Speaker, Ivan Thomas.  Floyd Ho to be honored.
Today’s Date: May 29, 2018

Public Cordially Invited to Dinner: IVAN THOMAS to Speak & Floyd Ho to Receive an Award.   The Public is cordially invited to People to People Delaware’s Annual Dinner Meeting to be held Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 pm at Ed Oliver Golf Club. PTPDE Founding member, Floyd Ho, will be honored with an award presented by Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, CEO of People to People International.
Dinner will be followed by a talk with Ivan Thomas of DETV on Photography as a Means of Multicultural Communication. The evening’s event, including dinner, is $30 per person. Reservations are required.
Delaware’s Floyd Ho was born and raised in China. Educated both in Hong Kong and in the United States, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1969 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. Dr. Ho is a founding member of both People to People Delaware and Delaware’s Chinese American Community Center. He takes great pleasure in serving the community by bringing people together.
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater was recently appointed the CEO of People to People International. Merrill holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in International Business and Marketing from Baker University. He is the great-grandson of People to People’s founder, Dwight David Eisenhower.
PEOPLE to PEOPLE International (PTPI) creates lasting cross-cultural connections between everyday citizens around the world to help them explore global issues, serve and enrich their diverse communities, and become more effective leaders in creating a more peaceful world.
The evening’s guest speaker, DETV founder, Ivan Thomas, often called “Big Ive,” is one of the most recognizable faces in Delaware. An award-winning local producer, director, editor, online activist and relentlessly positive community organizer, Ivan Thomas understands the science and psychology of film, media marketing and advertising, and he loves communicating and creating through this medium. Beyond his video work, Ivan teaches Positive Media/Film at Kuumba Academy, a city charter school focusing on closing the achievement gap in the city of Wilmington through creativity and scholarship. Ivan and his creative partner, Shoshana Kohn, established the movement #WEARELOVE, a campaign focusing on building relationships and promoting communication between diverse groups of community members.
Please RSVP by June 6: Send $30 per person to People to People Delaware, att: Treasurer. P.O. Box 25064 Wilmington, Delaware 19899.


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 Hold the Date: Board Meeting at Hale Byrnes House

Wednesday May 9 at 6:00 PM

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Art As An Expression of Personal Peace with Won Choi & Eunice LaFate

Wednesday May 7 at 7:00 PM

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Connections: Togo and West Africa

Join us Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Cokesbury Auditorium,      726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707 for a special community program, Connections: Togo and West Africa, on Tuesday evening, April 17, at 7:00 PM at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. Our keynote speaker, Isidore Ogoussan is an active member of the area’s African community as well as being a Financial Advisor in the Philadelphia area. A native of Benin where he earned a bachelor’s Degree, he arrived in Philadelphia in 1999 to engage in the hospitality field. He got a bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Temple University and has been providing financial assistance to food and beverage company owners and food and equipment suppliers. In 2016 he was awarded the Faces and Diversity Award from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging association.

Mr. Ogoussan continues to be in touch with his native region and is active as a Board Member in two African related organizations: Delaware Africa Caribbean Coalition and The Africa Caribbean Business Council (Philadelphia). He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Katherine and twin sons Luc and Henry.
The scope of the presentation will include the development of West Africa in pre- and post-colonial times, the area’s ethnic groups, their languages and social customs and the dynamics of the region.


March Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm at the Hale Byrnes House.   We  will be focusing on developing our 2018 calendar of events.

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February 2018

February 22, 2018. Ed Tucker and Carl Hutter manned a PtPDE Informational table at Cokesbury Village.

Photo by Jeanne Swartz.


January 2018

Mary Jean Eisenhower and Grace Kim, Ph.D., Chairwoman of People to People International Korea National Headquarters and member of People to People International Board of Directors, each received a Korean Peace Medal from the Korean Informational Association.  See link  for more information:


January 2018

January 30, 2018. People to People Delaware Hosted U.D.’s Global Studies Department & Their SUSI Students. A Round Robin Discussion added to our fun and our knowledge of what visitors from other countries thought about Americans!

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Thank you in many languages

       JANUARY, 2018

Please Mark Your Calendars for these upcoming January events!

We hope all is well and that you’ve had a wonderful  holiday season!

As part of Global Studies’ Winter Program on US National Security Policymaking, People to People Delaware will be participating in an open forum focused on confronting anti-Americanism in the 21st century, at UD’s campus on the evening of January 9, 2018,  Gore Hall Room 103 from 6-8pm.   (Note: Gore Hall is on Route 896 about 1/2 way between Morris Library & the Trabant Center on 896. The overhead pedestrian walkway ends right in front of this building)

On Tuesday, January 30, People to People  will  host a related event for Global Studies’ public policy specialists  from around the world at a “Meet & Greet Buffet Dinner”  at Michael’s Restaurant (across from Christiana Hilton) at 6:00 pm, 1,000 Churchman’s Road, Newark, DE 19713.  $22 for dinner plus cash bar.

All are welcome to attend. Please come & do bring guests!

Please rsvp for the Jan 30 event. $22 per person. Checks should be made out to PtPDE and mailed to John Pastor, Treasurer. P.O. Box 25064, Wilmington, DE 19899.

For more information on UD’s forum, please contact Daniel C. Bottomley, Ph.D., Associate Director, Global Partnerships & Programs, Institute for Global Studies. (302) 831-2852

Please spread the word to  your networks to invite anyone who’d like to visit. We will  have some great and informative sessions!

NOTE to PtPDE: BOARD MEETING will be held Wednesday Jan 10 at Kirkwood Highway Library, parking behind the building.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Kim Burdick, MA, MPA, Executive Director


People Helping People Award –Awarded to Mark & Georgi Marquisee. Fall 2017.

        •  2017 People Helping People Award:  Dr. Saleem Khan with Honorees Mark Marquisee,  and Georgi (Eleanor) Marquisee with Executive Director   Kim Burdick, and Committee Chairman Jean Raleigh.      Below: Board member Anna White with Georgi Marquisee.


 Below: Dr. Anand Panwalker was our Guest Speaker on November 30, 2017.



         Peace Week, September 18, 2018


Below: Chi Butler-Davis with National Board Chairman, Mary Jean Eisenhower and  Willis Phelps, Sergeant Major with State Honors.   September 18, 2017. Widener Law School.

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Below: Patrick Kelly and David Onserio Monda, Circles of Understanding: Kenya

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Summer 2017: Jeanne Swartz & Eunice LaFate and the Mural Project


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Below: Michael Scullin, Esq., Honorary Consul of France.  Annual Meeting Speaker, June 2017.  Wilmington, Delaware.




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