Growing Peace Stories with UNA Exchange: How women seeking refuge found peace in Cardiff
Kenya, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Syria, and Libya - just some of the places women have fled to eventually find peace in Wales. They brought with them culinary, social, and teaching skills, to name a few, the women have been integral to building peace and tolerance in Wales, as a UNA Exchange project has explored.
As part of Wales for Peace
, UNA Exchange
organised the Growing Peace Stories
project. A group of international students from across Europe spent two weeks (9-23 August) volunteering with a group of women from Women Connect First
, working together to produce and share their ‘Peace Stories'.
One women who shared her story was Jordanian born Farial, who lived in Italy for sixteen years prior to moving to Cardiff.
"When I arrived to Europe I felt different, I felt free".
She worked as a chef of Middle Eastern food, now a common cuisine in Cardiff, before moving on to voluntarily cooking Italian dishes in a nursing home.
It is her dual culture as a Jordanian Italian that Farial brought with her which has contributed to building diversity and harmony within Welsh communities. And she isn't alone, she is one of the many women who have contributed to the project, showing that living in peace is possible, irregardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
To read more about the project, and more volunteer peace stories, click here
Size of Wales: helping to protect the Amazon rainforest
Welsh charity, Size of Wales, are now protecting an area of rainforest in the Amazon roughly the size of Wales.
The Olympics drew attention to a continent being threatened by climate change and deforestation, but with the games now officially having come to a close, that attention may deteriorate.
However, Welsh charity, Size of Wales have committed themselves to keeping their eyes firmly on fighting climate change on the South American continent.
The charity's projects in Peru and Guyana will see two million hectares of rainforest in the Amazon being protected. They have already planted over 4 million trees, with the aim of protecting such tropical rainforests.
Size of Wales’ Acting Director Lowri Jenkins said:
“We’re so chuffed to be able to say we’re helping to protect an area of rainforest the size of Wales in South America, and support these worthwhile communities.
We’re currently looking at new projects in Africa, which would mean Wales is protecting an area the size of itself on both continents. That’s an incredible achievement for our nation."
Size of Wales, launched in 2010 and supported by the Welsh Government and donations from people and businesses, will be
fundraising on 14th October to protect such habitats and its unique communities.
Read more here. For more information on Size of Wales, click here.