Peace Mala released 14 small symbolic doves of peace made from wood painted in the Peace Mala colours and each carrying a Peace Mala bracelet (along with other items) during a ceremony that took place in the Peace Mala peace garden on 30th April 2015.
Symbolic Peace Doves waiting to start their journeys
The ceremony was attended by The Deputy Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, the Mayor and Mayoress of Neath Port Talbot, Regional Chief of Police, Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia, representatives of several faith communities, and pupils and teachers from local Peace Mala Accredited schools. Teachers and supporters from outside of Wales also attended the event.
Dignitaries at the dove launch
Each dove is being sponsored on its travels, thereby bringing financial support and security for the future work of the Peace Mala educational charity.
It is hoped that the doves will raise awareness of the work of Peace Mala with schools, youth groups and community groups wherever they travel.
First guardians of the fourteen symbolic doves of peace
Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia, Mayors of Neath Port Talbot and Deputy Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea talking to some of the pupils at the launch.
Pupils from Penllergaer Primary School placing peace ribbons in the prayer tree at Peace Mala HQ
One of the doves is the Inter-Faith Dove of Peace which has travelled between many of the religious and faith communities of South Wales, starting with the Abrahamic faiths first. It has already travelled to Jerusalem and will continue on to Manchester where the Naqshbandi Sufi Order of Islam will be the first to receive it before passing the dove on to other faith groups in the city. It is hoped that this dove will keep travelling between the faith and spiritual communities of our world.
Interfaith Peace Dove at Swansea Orthodox Synagogue and in Jerusalem
Faith representatives at the dove launch
The other doves have already have travelled to Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Italy, the USA, Africa, Cyprus and Israel. We already know that dove 8 is destined for Hong Kong and Dove 14 for Japan.
Amazingly Doves 2 and 3 met in Livingstone Zambia when it was discovered that Rachael Webb, Headteacher of Hafod Primary School in Swansea Wales, and Amy Grundy, teacher at Baguley Hall Primary School in Manchester England, would both be in the country doing voluntary compassionate work with local schools. Hafod and Baguley Hall are both Peace Mala schools.
Rachel Webb and Zambian students with Dove 3 and Amy Grundy with Dove 2 and Zambian teacher
Tim Boyd, International President of The Theosophical Society expressed his interest in Peace Mala and the Symbolic Peace Dove Initiative when he met founder Pam Evans and Peace Dove 12 at the annual Theosophical Summer School held at the NASUWT Teachers' Union Centre in Birmingham UK in August 2015.
Tim Boyd, International President of the Theosophical Society with Peace Mala Dove 12
Peace Dove 1 is currently in Auburn Washington State USA with Mark F Sison and his wife Laurie. Mark is a First Nation Native American of the Nisqually tribe. Laurie is an Eighth Grade Language Arts teacher at Kent School District. Her tribal affiliation is Colville.
Mark F Sison and his wife Laurie
Dove 1 has already attended several Native Pow Wows and has been received by Native Peace Elders. At the 39th Annual Muckleshoot Skopabsh Pow Wow in Auburn WA, Mark danced the peace dove into the circle with over 500 other dancers, "I held it in my hand along with my dance staff and raised it to the sky on all the honour beats. A lot of good thoughts and prayers went into it."
Mark F Sison with Peace Dove 1 and his son Tyler at the 39th Annual Muckleshoot Skopabsh Pow Wow
Tim Boyd is keen to receive Dove 1 in honour of First Nation Americans and Theosophists worldwide.
The journeys of the 14 doves are being tracked to provide an exciting geography project for schools and youth groups.
Our interactive map shows you where the symbolic peace doves have travelled to so far.
Peace Dove locations in August 2015
Peace Dove world locations in August 2015