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About the Peace Puppets project

Peace Puppets is an initiative to get 1,000 hand and finger puppets to kids aged 2 through 10 who live in Southern Israel and Gaza. The first shipment of puppets will be in mid-September 2014. Upon arrival, the puppets will be distributed to six schools in both regions, along with guidance to teachers on how to help children to use the puppets to tell their stories and provide companionship.

The forming of this project is the result of two friends, Irit Weir and Robin Fletcher, sharing their sadness about the violence in Israel and Gaza for everyone, especially the children. They feel there is a need for a non-political forum in which children can give, share, and express their stories. Puppets are a catalyst for this.

Once the idea was in place Irit and Robin reached out to their communities for help. Master Puppeteers, Ilene Kennedy and husband, Mike quickly responded. donating 180 puppets, 88 homemade. Others took the reins for website development, packaging, and all other responsiblities that are essential to making the Project work. Please visit our Donate page to see how you can help.

Meet the Team

Ilene Kennedy
Irit Weir
Organizer

Would sing in public for world peace especially in the middle East. Founder of "Acupuncture clinic of Napa." Deep gratitude for my life within the larger tapestry of our humanity - my children and husband Ernie, Maya, Yoni and Tamar. love to paint with oil and eat fresh corn. Love, good news !
acupunctureclinicofnapa.com

Robin Fletcher
Robin Fletcher
Organizer

Dancer, Entrepreneur, and Pragmatic Idealist who believes in the power of love without apology and that children are not only our greatest hope but our teachers.
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Ilene and Mike Cleveland-Kennedy
Ilene & Mike Kennedy
Master Puppeteers

Puppeteers and owners of Kennedy Puppets whose mission it is to make puppets for kids undergoing extreme difficulty and isolation. Ilene knows from her own experience of having to stay in a hospital for a year at the age of 13, the important role puppets can have in bringing a bit of joy to difficult times.

Barbara Schwartz
Barbara Schwartz
Website & Graphic Designer

Mac addict since it came on the scene in the 80's, Barbara spends a good deal of her time creating digital art. Photoshop aficionado and student of always emerging new techologies. Mother of two, and wife of wonderful frenchman. Citizen of the world, committed to world peace.
zoomonby.com

Anne Jungerman
Anne Jungerman

Impassioned Textile and Clothing designer, Threshold Choir singer, Home funeral guide and Napa Valley cyclist. Single mother to three fine and strapping young Weber men ~ Owen, Grady and Reid.

Pamela Turner Orr
Pamela Turner Orr

Cancer center Patient and Family Resource Specialist lives with her two amazing daughters and wonderful husband in Napa, CA.

Martha Pascan
Martha Pastcan

Former teacher of the hearing impaired, married to wonderful pediatrician, 2 great grown "kids", 2 adorable grandkids, volunteer for things I care about, including helping children.

Debbie Alter-Starr
Debbie Alter-Starr

Social worker, creator of a bilingual community network, and proud parent, along with my darling Andy, of two awesome teens.
somosnapa.org

Flory Nye-Clement
Flory Nye-Clement

Historical harpist and singer, artist, traveler, editor, and lover of nature, science, and languages, married for 34 years, lives in beautiful Benicia, California.

Sunrise Montessori
Sunrise Montessori

Sunrise Montessori nurtures each child’s unique potential while encouraging appreciation for other people, cultures and the environment. Sunrise Students will be collecting puppets to share with students around the globe.
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Voices - On the Move

Exists to support and empower under-served youth, 16-24, by utilizing holistic services through out their transition from systems of care to living independently.
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Stone Bridge School

Stone Bridge School is a public charter school inspired by Waldorf education to nourish and educate children in grades K - 8. Our vision: a public school with a consistent philosophy, curriculum, and teaching method that embraces the developmental model of the growing child and awakens each child’s full and unique potential.
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Gloria Cox

Teacher, Librarian and Peace Activist, Gloria used puppets to teach conflict resolution and social/emotional themes for nearly 50 years. Generations of children were delighted by her "Puppets for Peace" performances in the Sacramento area. She also performed for years with Kids on the Block puppets. Gloria and family (daughter Ruth, son-in-law, Milton Chen, and Granddaughter Maggie) are pleased to donate many peace-loving puppets to the project!