Peace Center Fund
Spring Update

Cultural Academy for Peace and Covid

Amidst the spread of Covid in India and the increase of cases in Cochin, Kerala, chairperson Beena Sebastian and Cultural Academy for Peace are doing everything possible to keep residents and staff safe and supported.   At this point, vaccines, test kits, and oxygen cylinders are not available for them.  Yet, they continue their advocacy for women and children who are already in their care as well as those who are still seeking safety from harm.
In a heartfelt conversation with Deanna, Beena shared that she continues to feel moved by the support of the Cultural Connection community and all who give to help them continue their work. 

We’re so close!

Some questioned whether this could be done, but you’re showing them!

At approximately $126,000 we are so close to the overall goal of raising $150,000 so that Cultural Academy for Peace can purchase a piece of land on which to build a permanent and stable home for all of the varied and essential work they do in support of marginalized women and children in Kerala, India. The monthly contributions have averaged about $4,000 over the course of this project, launched on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. At that rate, we are targeted to hit $150,000 by Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

The Peace Center Fund Committee has begun to think of ways to celebrate.  Are in-person events possible?  We can hope, but no matter how we celebrate this achievement, it will be lovely and teeming with gratitude. This is so exciting! Amidst such a devastating and difficult year for so many and the sadness and shock we’ve all felt, this accomplishment represents hope. The committee is so grateful to all who have contributed, large and small, and all who have supported in many meaningful ways. 

p.s. The committee won’t be devastated if we hit the goal ahead of time : ) It could happen!

Local Farmers’ Market

Laura Farkas, the Chair of the Peace Center Fund Committee, recently relocated to Maryland in northern Baltimore County. She was delighted to learn of a local farmers market (Hereford Farmers Market in Monkton, MD) and arranged to set up shop on Saturday mornings in order to sell the lovely photo cards created by Cultural Connections community members Lindsey Minchella and Vera Weiser.  Thanks to both of them for donating their creative skills and time in order to raise funds for Cultural Connections and The Peace Center Fund.  The cards help create a lovely display (see picture above) and offer and graceful opening to discuss the project. We had a successful day last week and are looking forward to another one tomorrow. It sure is nice to be out and about in the world again! 


We have a Financial Sponsor, On Earth Peace, who will accept the donations on our behalf. They are a registered 501c(3) and will provide you with a receipt for your records. 

Mail a check

You can send us a check! Make sure to send it to our Financial Sponsor, On Earth Peace. Make sure to note that your donation is for the Peace Center Fund. Their address is PO Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776-0188