• Mukwashi Mini Newsletter 2019: A Year of Promise

    A Visit From Mukwashi Alumni The members of this glowing group are some of the first students who started at Mukwashi in 2006: they represent the strength and success of our school community. None of them began with any of the stuff people in high income countries think matters, but they all have tons of […]

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  • John Visits the Heroes of Paradise

                    In October I had the privilege of singing at the California State Reading Conference in Sacramento. At the conference, CRA honored the Teacher Heroes from Paradise. This brave group of teachers received a standing ovation for their heroism during and after the November 8, 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed […]

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  • Farrell Firsts This Thanksgiving

    November 28, will be my first Thanksgiving as a grandfather. It will also be Ella’s first birthday, an appropriate coincidence. To Ella, I am known as “Pop,” the same name my father was called by some of his more than 50 grand and great grandchildren. It will be many years before Ella knows how much love and joy she’s […]

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  • AIS Danbury Press Patriotic Palms at Filosa Home

    On Wednesday, June 12th, the AIS Bridges of Peace and Hope Club took a trip to Filosa Nursing Home in Danbury to celebrate Flag Day and create an intergenerational handprint flag. John Farrell made a guest appearance and accompanied residents and students who sang multiple patriotic songs! The students visited with the residents and painted […]

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  • New Club in Edmeston on a Mission to Microfinance the Future!

    The Edmeston Central School District Interact Club, a high school service club sponsored and supported by the Rotary Club of Edmeston, New York, recently became a Bridges of Peace and Peace and Hope Club. Since it started 12 years ago, the club has made many microfinance loans through Kiva.org to help people in other countries […]

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  • John’s Summer Journal

    The changing seasons, the end of another school year, and a special Bridges of Peace and Hope anniversary are all reminders of the passage of time. In July of 2009 we officially received our 501c3 non-profit certificate and Bridges of Peace and Hope was born. That was 10 years ago. In some ways that seems […]

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  • Pride Is A Bridge: BoPH Celebrates the Pride in the Park

    Bridges of Peace was honored to participate in the first annual Ridgefield Pride in the Park! The incredible even was organized by BoPH teacher partner, Maureen Tyra and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Clubs from East Ridge Middle School, Scotts Ridge Middle School, and Ridgefield High School. Their combined efforts made for a fun and […]

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  • AIS and MTS Share “High Hopes”

    The High Hopes Project was inspired by John Farrell’s original song of positivity! Students from both Mukwashi Trust School and the American International School in Vienna were delighted to dream up new lyrics that celebrated their unique communities!

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  • Literacy is a Bridge

    An essay by Keith Mathews, 13 years old in answer to the question: What’s the one thing you could/would do to change your school, community, or the world. A community feels more alive when the people who live there love it enough to help improve it. I strongly feel I am one of those people that […]

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  • A Summer Dream

    This June, Bridges of Peace and Hope is working to make our dreams for the future a reality. A more peaceful world will be a more connected world, centered on community and the values we share as humans with hope in our hearts. In this world, everyones talents are recognized, their individuality and identity are validated, […]

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