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Help support homeless refugee children

 On November 8th, I took my 5-year son Jorgito to a talk at the Department of Peace Studies where I work. Melissa Fleming, the Head of Communications and Spokesperson for UN’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), was delivering a talk about the meaning of home for refugees. While it was a heartfelt and engaging presentation, it was not meant for children. Ten minutes into the speech, Jorgito was distracted, scribbling some numbers and letters on a piece of paper. What was I thinking in bringing a little kid to an university-level activity?

But my opinion changed the next morning. After breakfast, we saw Jorgito packing his 76-key Electronic Piano and a small bucket. His determined words surprised us: “Last night, I learned that some children do not have a home. That is bad.” And he added: “I do not know how to work. I am going to the lobby to play some songs on my piano so that people can give me money in this bucket. I am going to collect 100 dollars for them.”

It did make sense to take him to the talk after all. While he did not grasp the complexities of the speech, he clearly understood its central message. He understood that he has a home, and was able to put himself in the position of the children who lack one. He realized that no one wants to leave their home, but some have to do that to save their lives. He understood that children in such situation need help, and we all have a moral duty to help hem.

We are proud that Jorgito’s actions embody the values of kindness and compassion that we want to promote in the Department of Peace Studies. We decided to support his wish, by making a small donation for UNHCR’s work for the homeless refugee children of the world.  We hope you that Jorgito also inspires you to do the same. Children often remind us adults of what we already know but sometimes forget. Let’s do something to leave a better world for all of them.

If you want to make a donation to UNHCR’s, you can follow this link


Global Perspectives on Peace – Colombian Peace Conference

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event was part of The Colombian Peace Process with FARC: Achievements, Failures and Challenges, the inaugural conference under the theme, “Global Perspectives on Peace,” organized by the HOPE Chair for Peace and Health, in cooperation with Bertrand Russell Research Centre and with funding from Participedia, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.



International Day of Peace: McMaster University Celebrates Peace

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

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