IPYG Germany Shines the Light of Hope Through Volunteer Activity “Hope to Children With Cancer”
To commemorate HWPL’s 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), the Germany branch of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) conducted three volunteer activities — “Hope to Children With Cancer” — over the course of March. Through this volunteer activity, which was attended by about 25 children and guardians, spreading culture of peace was practiced as described in the 10th Article of the DPCW, and the role of the public in a democratic society was taught and encouraged for the people of Germany.
Every day is precious and special to these children who fight cancer. However, these children lost their opportunity to meet with others, play outdoor, as well as having a place to learn due to COVID-19.
In response to this, a German child cancer volunteer group was hoping to host volunteer activities to help these children and families, but there were no volunteers. After learning this, the IPYG branch in Germany reached out to the child cancer volunteer group. With a heart-warming interaction between the two organizations, the event of spreading the light of hope to the children was made possible.
One child, who participated in all three volunteer activities, shared photos of the bracelet and dreamcatcher made during the meetings and expressed their gratitude towards the IPYG for hosting crafting activities done online. Another guardian shared that the voluntary work was the highlight of the week and that her child had enjoyed making her own craft. In particular, the third meeting was during Easter, a national holiday. On this day, children made cards to celebrate Easter and gave their cards to those whom they appreciate.
The IPYG demonstrated that they will not stop spreading the culture of peace in spite of COVID-19, and that they will overcome any hardship to shine the light of peace to children with cancer, as the children need our attention, care, and love more than anyone else. We look forward to a day when this culture of peace is spread to every corner of the world.