Italy 13 November: Palermo

Gatherings and Galleries

Today we are visiting Scuole Elementari Orestano in Brancaccio, one of the poorer neighbourhoods in Palermo but a place with a strong community spirit. Much of this good community spirit is due to Don Pino Puglisi, who is portrayed in this mosaic in the school. He worked very hard to inspire children to attend school where they would be less likely to be recruited by Mafia gangs. In 1993, on his 46th birthday he was shot dead by the Mafia. He has been revered by everyone in the community since that time. His selfless work and approach to life is a perfect example of Peace in action.

The school has been designed to have windows and doors that open from the classrooms into a garden of lemon and orange trees.

The children gather in the playground.

Children offer their own definition of Peace.

One of the performances is done by students and their mothers.

Thank you to the School Director who was so welcoming and gave us a full tour of the school.

At a visit to Santa Maria dello Spasimo Church, the ladies team offer a spontaneous presentation to some school children.

Palazzo Riso is exhibiting Jharna Kala paintings by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. Here is a 10 metre canvas on which children have been invited to express their hopes and dreams for Peace.

The canvas is brought into the courtyard by the Peace Run team and the Director of Palazzo Riso.

The canvas shares some of Sri Chinmoy's words on Peace.

The Director Luigi Biondo holds the torch.

Devashishu Torpy (left) and Vrishaketu Pelletier (right) hold the torch on the balcony of Sant'Elia Museo. Vrishaketu has been very instrumental in installing the exhibition of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala paintings.

Dott. Randazzo (left), the President of Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport and Dott. Natale Chieppa, the Director of Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport, visit the exhibition and meet the Peace Run team. There are Jharna Kala paintings being exhibited at the airport on both the Departure and Arrival levels.

Dott. Rosselli and Dott. Diego Bellia are staff in the Municipality and have facilitated the manifestation of this Peace Week in Palermo featuring the Art and Philosophy of Sri Chinmoy.