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 Vermont News: Hope Rises From The Ashes of My Lai

Friends, here is something hopeful in these dark times. There is still hope for the better world we seek.
-Joseph Gainza

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Putney Friends Meeting presents Mike Boehm of Madison Quakers, Inc. with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam. The event will be at the Putney Friends Meeting, north on Route 5, on Sunday December 3rd at 1:15 pm, and is free and open to the public.

Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm has been working in My Lai and elsewhere in Vietnam since 1992. Boehm has traveled to Vietnam 16 times since then to facilitate these projects. A veteran who served in Cu Chi, Vietnam working in Operations from 1968 to 1969, Boehm first returned to Vietnam in 1992 to help build a medical clinic. While there he began to come to terms with his own experiences there and to understand the tremendous capacity of people-to-people projects for building peace and reconciliation between our two societies....

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Boehm's work in Vietnam has included providing loans to almost 3,000 women in 17 different villages including My Lai, building on the Grameen Bank model of micro credit. In addition he has helped facilitate the construction of three new primary schools in My Lai, two Peace Parks, the Vietnamese-American Peace Park north of Hanoi and the My Lai Peace Park, and he has helped facilitate the exchange of art work between the children of My Lai and Madison, Wisconsin. Madison Quakers, Inc. is a 501 C 3 non-profit corporation created to support this work in Vietnam. In the last 10 years, the Madison Quakers have raised more than $500,000 to further this work. In addition to the projects mentioned above funded by Madison Quakers, Inc. is the Sisters Meeting Sisters project. This project will bring together the women of Vietnam and El Salvador to share their experiences of rebuilding their lives, families and communities after war.

For more information on the work of the Madison Quakers, Inc., a copy of their newsletter 'Winds of Peace' or to send a contribution to help support this work, please visit the web site: http://www.mylaipeacepark.org/
or write:
Mike Boehm, 2312 E. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53704

For more information about or directions to Sunday's presentation, please contact Hildemarie at 802- 387-4185.

Joseph Gainza
Vermont Program Coordinator
American Friends Service Committee
73 Main St., Box 19
Montpelier, VT 05602-2944
(802) 229-2340 Phone & Fax
[email protected]

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