Bridges of Peace and Hope

The new Bridges of Peace and Hope (BOPH) web site is under construction. The site is being developed by the Business Media Center at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Mr. Kevin Liska and his team of design and marketing consultants have won numerous awards for their innovative designs and community service successes. The new site will include student’s art, writing, music, video and much more. The site should be online in early 2009. Until then here is a brief overview of our mission, what we are doing, who we are, and how you can help.
What is Bridges of Peace and Hope?

Bridges of Peace and Hope is an International Arts in Education Network of students, teachers and artists engaged in practicing peace, cooperation and community service to make a positive difference in our schools, communities, and around the world.

The new Bridges of Peace and Hope logo was designed by Randy Douglas of Douglas Illustration in Stormville, NY. Randy used the artwork of Malawi artist Kiri Mhonie as an inspiration as he developed the new logo. Pictured below is one of Kiri’s paintings. Thanks to Randy and Kiri.

BOPH article:
"Long Island Exchange"

Bridges of Peace and Hope Quilt

Shown below are panels from BOPH “These Are Our Hopes” Quilt. Students and Artists from more than forty countries have contributed writing and art to this project.

The quilt includes squares from Barcelona, Spain; Kiev, Ukraine; Brussels, Belgium; Aldbury, UK; Newtown and Danbury, Connecticut, USA; Hudson and Edmeston, NY USA; Hamburg, South Africa; and Aligarh, India

Center Panel

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Bridges of Peace and Hope Heroes Award

The second annual BOPH Heroes Award was presented to Colonel Mark Cook on December 13 at the Annual Holiday Fundraising Concert in Danbury, Connecticut. The concert supports the work of Dr. Ann Hines and the Hanahoe Memorial Clinic. Dr. Hines was the recipient of the first BOPH Heroes Award. Colonel Cook accepted the Heroes award from his home in Great Britain via a live web videoconference. Mark Cook and his wife Caroline are the founders of Hope and Homes for Children, an amazing charity that provides homes and family support to orphans of war and HIV Aids. To learn about Mark and their work go to

Bridges of Peace and Hope World Music Concerts

In November 2008 Bridges of Peace and Hope members promoted and presented public concerts and school programs to benefit Thula Sizwe ( and community organizations they support in South Africa. Thula Sizwe is an all male Zulu singing group that tours the US to promote Zulu culture and to support themselves and their communities. Thula Sizwe and John Farrell have collaborated on performances and recordings since October 2006. This years events in Hudson, NY and Danbury, CT raised over $5,000. The concerts included performances by John Farrell and area school children, Thula Sizwe, and Kofi Donkor and Sankofa. Kofi, a member of the BOPH Advisory Board, is a master drummer and sculptor and director of Sankofa, a drum and dance ensemble. To learn about Kofi and Sankofa go to

Thanks to all who helped with the Thula Sizwe events, especially Ann Marie Farrell, Meg McLoone, Carol Gans, Casey and Mary Kuhn, Caroline Stewart, Ray Flanigan, William and Sue Field, Tom and Gael Lynch, Ken Buescher, Kofi Donkor and Sankofa, the First Congregational Church of Danbury, CT, the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, NY and the United Church of Christ, West Stockbridge, Mass. Below are photos from the concerts.

John with Thula Sizwe; Anne Marie helping with Sign Language
December 2008

Ghanaian Master Drummer Kofi Donkor and Sankofa,
a drum and dance ensemble - December 2008

Thula Sizwe - December 2008

Kofi Donkor - December 2008

John Farrell to present BOPH in Bucharest, Romania
before visiting Kiev and Budapest

March 19 and 20, 2009 John Farrell will be in Bucharest, Romania to present the Bridges of Peace and Hope Project to teachers and administrators at the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) conference. Following the conference John will be visiting Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine, and the American International School of Budapest in Hungary. These two schools are actively involved in ongoing BOPH projects.

What We Do

Bridges of Peace and Hope uses school projects, community events, the internet, and other technologies to enable students, teachers and artists to collaborate on creative educational projects that promote respect and understanding, and have a positive impact in our local communities and around the world. Here are some of the things we do…

We Sing to advance peace, love, understanding and respect.

We Create drawings, paintings, web pages, quilts, dances and more…

We Write songs, poetry, letters, stories, plays, articles and more…

We Help Others through goodwill projects, fundraising, community service and more…

We Learn about new places, diverse people, peace heroes and more…

We Collaborate on Global Art projects, school to school partnerships, working with local organizations, and within our classes and schools.

We Imagine… a world at peace, health care for everyone, safe homes for all, a healthier environment and more…

We Communicate… talking, writing, creating artwork, email, videoconferencing, and more…

Who We Are

We are students, teachers, artists and friends who believe the vast majority of people everywhere wish to live in peace, learn about the world, and help others in need. There are no dues or fees. We welcome everyone who wishes to help others and work for peace and social justice.

Board of Directors

Carol Gans John L Edwards School Hudson, NY

Thomas Lynch Retired Business Executive Newtown, CT

John Farrell Songwriter, Performer Hillsdale NY
Founder of BOPH USA

Advisory Board

Ken Buescher 2009 Teacher of the Year Stadley Rough Elem School
Danbury, CT USA

Kofi Maxwell Donkor Master Drummer From Ghana / Lives in
Sculptor Greenville, NY USA
Teaching Artist

Kathleen Farrell Peace Corps Serving in Cameroon, Africa
Volunteer From Hillsdale, NY USA

Raymond Flanigan Photographer Bethel Photoworks
Musician Bethel, CT USA

Joseph Giulietti Teacher, Artist American International School, Budapest, Hungary

Pascal Guirma Financial Advisor From Burkina Faso
Lives in New Paltz, NY USA

David John Hartnick Teacher DeRust Futura Primary School
Grabouw, South Africa

Colleen Farrell Student, Musician SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY

Gael Lynch Teacher, Author Reed Intermediate School
Newtown, CT USA

Michael Palmer Teacher, Musician Pechersk School International
Kiev, Ukraine

Cheryl Terry Teacher International School of Brussels
Brussels, Belgium

Kent Brown Jr. Former Publisher Boyd’s Mills Press
Chairman Highlights Foundation
Honesdale, PA USA

Meg McLoone Parent Academy of International Studies
Magnet School, Danbury CT

Richard Copley Web Designer
Copleys Web Graphics, Milford, NY USA

Colonel Mark Cook Founder Hope and Homes for Children
Wiltshire, England

Schools Currently Participating in the BOPH Project

Academy of International Studies School
Danbury, Connecticut

Aldbury Primary School
Tring, Hertfordshire
Great Britain

American School of Barcelona

American International School of Budapest

DeRust Futura Primary School
Grabouw, Western Cape
South Africa

Edmeston Central School
Edmeston, New York

Girls’ High School
Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh, India

Hamburg Primary School
Hamburg, Western Cape
South Africa

International School of Brussels

John L Edwards Elem School
Hudson, New York

Pechersk School International

Reed Intermediate School
Newtown, Connecticut

St. Paul’s College
Namibia / Africa

Stadley Rough Elem School
Danbury, Connecticut

Thomas Jefferson Elem School
Yorktown Heights, New York

Uffelman Elementary School
Monterrey, Tennessee

How You Can Help

If you would like to participate in one of our projects please send an email to John Farrell at
[email protected] The newest BOPH project called, “Hear My Story,” is a storytelling project involving interviewing an elder in your family or community and then creating a story and remembrance from the interview. We’ll be posting stories, art and collages from the interview project on the new web site. Other ongoing projects are the “These Are Our Hopes” writing, art and quilt project, and the “BOPH Heroes” Project. Please send your email address to Mary Jain if you’d like to be added to the BOPH email mailing list. [email protected]

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