Friends of The Peace Train - friendsofthepeacetrain
Saving Lives in South Africa
Friends of The Peace Train is a non-profit organization
established in 2004 by South African musician and humanitarian, Sharon Katz, to raise awareness and funds for children who lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS and to help young adults become self-sufficient. We provide meals for the hungry, homes for the homeless, training and jobs for the unemployed, and music therapy to give hope and aid in the healing process.
Mama Mary's Home for Children - Mabopane, South Africa
2008 Tour Group Finishes Home for Homeless Children
In July 2008
A group of 20, Ameri-
cans & Canadians traveled to South Africa, with Friends of The Peace Train, to see the country and learn more about our work. After meeting Mama Mary who has been housing over 200 orphans in her own small home, they dug into their pockets and helped us complete the floors on the new "Good Hope Home For Children".
The Home is located in Mabopane, several hours outside of Johannesburg.
Friends Of The Peace Train Assist Young Adults
Youth that have grown up with Mama Mary Lwate since they were babies have now completed their High School Diplomas. In 2011 seven of these young people were being assisted by Friends of The Peace Train to further their studies and education. Thanks to Friends of The Peace Train 3 young men now have their Driver's Licenses and are working as drivers; 1 young man is studying Business Management; 1 young woman is in her second year studying Hospitality at Tshwane College Odi Campus.
Friends of the Peace Train
Become a Friend of the Peace Train. The projects described on our website are supported through your contributions. All contributions are tax deductible
Please make your check payable to:
Friends of The Peace Train
7207 Bryan Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19119
2010 South Africa Tour Children's Photos by Terry Colliton
Phenomenal Photos of Children from 2010 Tour of South Africa with Sharon Katz
Marilyn Cohen with Mpume
Marilyn and Mpume at Mama Mary's
Arrival at Mama Mary's
2010 Peace Train Tour Group arrives at Mama Mary's
Elie with children at Mama Mary's
Lauren with children at Mama Mary's
Children pose with Lauren at Mama Mary's
Terry with a child at KwaNgcolosi Peace Train school building
Terry and young friend at KwaNgcolosi Peace Train School building
Marilyn distributes gifts of clothing to children
Young KwaNgcolosi Peace Train Children
Fun with Bubbles
KwaNgcolosi Peace Train Quilt Unveiling
Wendy with children viewing quilt
Engrossed in checking out the Quilt
Checking out the Ngcolosi Peace Train Quilt
KwaNgcolosi Peace Train Children
KwaNgcolosi Peace Train children applauding during presentations
Checking out the KwaNgcolosi Peace Train Quilt
More KwaNgcolosi Peace Train Children
More Quilt viewing
Khayamandi young residents
Children met during Khayamandi walk
Girls pose outside Khayamandi Library in Capetown
South African Sharon Katz has been advocating for the children of Africa her whole life. She raises money for kids orphaned by AIDS and for all children in poverty in South Africa. Video Produced by Sutton Bay Media Company http://www.edithomevideo.com http://www.suttonbaymedia.com
A music video of Sharon's song showing the beginning of the project, as Sharon mounted the huge grassroots project that later became known as The Peace Train. Starting with a 500 voice multicultural choir and band, Sharon then traveled across South Africa performing with 150 singers, dancers and musicians and in 1995 toured across America. Most of the footage shows the American 1995 tour.
Building For The Future
Changing Lives – forever
We broke ground literally in July 2008! In one of the previously war-torn areas of KwaZulu-Natal, we began an empowerment project with rural women who are determined to give their children a better chance in life.
Since the 1990’s, more than 1000 children have walked 1½ hours over steep hills to attend school – most of them on near-empty stomachs. Thanks to contributions from Friends of The Peace Train, land was cleared for the building of a new school in Ngcolosi (pronounced like naw-law-see, with a Zulu click) and construction ended in July 2011.
This project was very exciting and far-reaching, because a small business was started to make the cinder blocks used in building the school. It was also an ideal community development project that combined local initiative with job creation for young adults and a quality education for children.
In October 2008, Friends of The Peace Train provided the start-up grant to clear the land and buy the cinder block-making supplies. By June, our Friends had contributed enough money to complete the building up to the roof level. Peace Train volunteer "Friends" Wendy Quick and Jane Konrad joined Sharon Katz in supervising the construction - and running a summer enrichment program for the children while they were there!
Fundraising concerts and individual Brick-Buying projects enabled Friends Of The Peace Train to raise enough money to purchase supplies for the building of a state of the art roof. With the help of the Hillcrest Rotary Club the roof was built in time for our tour group to see it in August 2010. And in May 2011 our Friends of The Peace Train Fun-Raiser in addition to Helping Hands Fundraiser raised enough money to build the bathrooms necessary to declare the school built!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED TO BUILD KWAMANDLOVU COMMUNITY HALL AND SCHOOL IN KWANGOLOSI SOUTH AFRICA!
FUNDRAISING CONCERT APRIL 29th 2012
Friends Of The Peace Train is proud to present another concert extravaganza to raise funds for children in South Africa and to develop The Peace Train Youth Corps here in America. The new Peace Train Youth Corps will be involved in raising consciousness and helping to improve their own communities as well as helping communities in South Africa. JOIN US for an incredibly exciting event at Philadelphia's premier venue WORLD CAFE LIVE on April 29th, 2012 at NOON.
Send your check for $50 to Friends Of The Peace Train, 7207 Bryan Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119
This incredible concert will showcase special performances by Sharon Katz & The Peace Train band; legendary musicians, surprise guests and MORE!
Peace Train School Building Project News
In August, our 2010 group that toured to South Africa were treated to 2 fantastic weeks of sights and sounds - including a visit to the school in KwaNgcolosi that you've helped us build. By now, the roof has been completed.
The Double Take USA Tour Fall 2011
Sharon Katz & The Peace Train "Double Take" Tour with Abigail Kubeka
October 21, 7:30 PM
Echo Lake Coffeehouse Series
Oct. 22, 8 PM
MaMA's Marbletown Concerts Stone Ridge, NY
Oct. 25 - Wheaton College -Norton, MA
Oct. 28, 7:30 PM
Croton Library Series - Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Croton Free Library
Oct. 29, 7:30 PM
Double Take Concert
November 3, 11am
University of the Arts,
Nov. 5, 7:30 PM
Nov. 9, 8 PM
Corner Store Arts Concert Series
Nov. 11 - The Power of One -Bethlehem, PA (private event)
Nov. 12, 7:30 PM
Walkabout Clearwater Concerts
White Plains, NY
Nov. 13, 1PM
Concert at "Mandela House" Philadelphia
Nov. 14, 10AM
Whealock College International Week Festival
For ticket information and about booking the band, visit:
2011 Fan-tastic Tour in South Africa
Another Fan-tastic Tour in South Africa
The 22 people who just returned from South Africa with us all agreed - it was life-changing! From the unique cultural experiences, to tracking lions and cheetah, to fun-filled interactions with the children at the orphanage and schools we support, the group was treated to the sights and sounds that make South Africa such an extraordinary place to visit.
The Peace Train KwaNgcolosi Summer 2009 Children's Program
Summer Arts Enrichment Program
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Great show at Woodstock Academy today!!!
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Thank you for visiting the Friends Of The Peace Train website. This is where you can make a difference in the lives of many children and families whose lives are enriched by your support and friendship. The hope that you offer with small acts of kindness stretches a long way in the lives of people who have not benefitted from simple necessities of life. Thank you for visiting and thank you for helping. You are special because you are a Friend Of The Peace Train and we hope to meet each and every one of you at one of our performances or better still, on one of our trips to visit our projects at home in South Africa.
Founder & Director
Friends of The Peace Train 2011 Tour
This was a MOST phenomenal tour covering ground as always from Johannesburg, Soweto and visits to the Apartheid Museum, Mandela's House, Mama Mary and the children at Lotus Childrens Home, to seeing the big five wild game at the gorgeous Entabeni Game Reserve,visiting schools and enjoying Zulu culture in Durban and visiting community arts projects and Robben Island in Cape Town. South Africa's captivating landscapes and exquisite cultural opportunities led by Sharon Katz and her team make this the holiday and immersion experience of a lifetime.
TO JOIN THE 2012 PEACE TRAIN FAN-TASTIC TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA
E mail: SharonKatz2000@aol.com; phone 215-495-9562 or
Visit the website www.SharonKatz.com
DON"T DELAY! THE TIME IS NOW! ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!
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