PEACE OF PAPER
The Origami Peace Crane Project 2017
Every year on August 6, World Peace Day, thousands of paper cranes are placed beneath Sadako Sasaki’s statue at the Hiroshima Peace Park, Japan by people who wish to remember the Hiroshima bombing and express their hopes for a peaceful world.
As our commitment towards peace in the world, for the last 5 years we have been teaching and sending origami peace cranes folded by children, adults, the underprivileged, differently-abled and institutions to Hiroshima, Japan to be placed at the Peace Park on 6th August.
We are organising workshops in person or via skype and would be excited to have you, your community or your organisation be a part of this initiative.
Material and instructions to fold the Origami Crane will be provided. Shivaram Ananthanarayanan a paper engineer and founder of Fold Nation will be the resource person for this workshop.
We charge a nominal fee to help cover our cost for material and sending your crane to Hiroshima, Japan.
Each participant will receive a pack of 10 Origami square sheets of paper and instructions to fold the crane.
Age group: 11yrs and above
Last day for organizing this workshop is 20 July 2017
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The Story Behind the Peace Crane Initiative
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the bomb was dropped on her home city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Sadako seemed to escape any ill effects after her exposure to the bomb, until, ten years later, she developed leukemia, “the atom bomb disease.”
When she was in the hospital, her friend Chizuko brought her a folded paper crane and told her the story about it. According to Japanese legend, the crane lives for a thousand years, and a sick person who folds a thousand cranes will become well again.
Sadako folded cranes throughout her illness. The flock hung above her bed on strings. When she died at the age of twelve, Sadako had folded six hundred and forty-four cranes. Classmates, family and friends folded the remaining three hundred and fifty-six cranes, so that one thousand were buried with Sadako.
In 1958, with contributions from school children, a statue was erected in Hiroshima Peace Park, dedicated to Sadako and to all children who were killed by the atom bomb.
Every year on August 6, World Peace Day, thousands of paper cranes sent by people from around the world are placed beneath Sadako Sasaki’s statue at the Hiroshima Peace Park by people who wish to remember the Hiroshima bombing and express their hopes for a peaceful world.
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