Interview with Pema Biddha
By Pamela Croci
Recently while passing through Delhi I recorded an interview with Pema Biddha, the coordinator for the Peace Vase Project. Pema told me that the response from the call out for volunteers was fantastic.
“ So many people emailed us, with lots of enthusiasm but because we couldn’t have immediate action they vanished. However there were some that really helped. One of them is Tineke Adolphus. Tineke! Wow! I think if we were to give out a medal she would be the one who gets it. She planted many vases and is going to complete the Swedish allocation.”
Pema went on to tell me that we still need volunteers to come back to help.
“ Africa is a country where we need people. We have a volunteer there Robyn Sheldon and it looks like she has a team but some vases are stuck in other places. Also we need vases planted in North East India, in places like Assam, Nagaland, Punjab and Kolkata, a few in South India, some in Iraq, Iran, Israel. Plus we need people to carry vases to different places within countries and other countries”
If anyone has connections in any of these places please get in touch with Pema and she will put you in touch with other volunteers in the relevant area.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Pema acknowledges that some planting of vases have not been registered on the website . Pema would like to apologise, to those whose kindness in placing vases, often in remote and challanging parts of the world, has not been registered on the website. Pema told me that a new website was being constructed and that these omissions will be corrected.
NB If you have been involved in planting a vase, and it is not registered on the current website please email her with details e.g. Many vases were planted in France, in fact they were the first to be planted, but information has been mislaid.
Please check the website and see if you can help. 2011 is the 20th year of this project and it would be very beneficial to have the Peace Vase Project completed.