Washington, Conn. – A faculty member of The Glenholme School, a boarding school for young
people with learning differences, worked together with representatives of No Strings International on peace-building missions for the United Nations in Kurdistan.
No Strings International uses puppetry to reach young people in conflicts, disasters and poverty around the world, engaging them through films and play activities with messages that support their safety and wellbeing. Robert Fappiano, an 11-year faculty member of Glenholme, is one of its expert puppet trainers.
With the successful tabletop puppet-crafting workshop developed with Glenholme students, Fappiano and No Strings in partnership with the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration aimed to aid thousands of children in refugee camps across Kurdistan.
The peace-building workshop involves small teams of young people working together to create an enjoyable show while giving everyone a voice. The effort had an astoundingly positive impact on the children and aid workers in Iraqi Kurdistan.