Make Survivors Conference Happen

“Lights of the World bringing Hope to the Nations” is an initiative by a newly formed group of people coming from the Philippines, Cambodia, Switzerland, and Israel. Together with the Survivors of some of the worst manmade atrocities in human history, we want to create awareness among the younger generations by actively advocating for a peaceful world where the lives of all people and their inherent worth and dignity are guarded as the highest value.

We want to expose the current rise of global XENOPHOBIA during conferences in the three major Philippine cities of Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro, where Holocaust and Khmer Rouge Survivors will meet and dialogue with Filipino Survivors of Martial Law and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII.

These precious Survivors will further meet with Survivors of the ongoing conflict in southern Mindanao, and with the grieving family members of the victims of the current war on drugs. 

The Survivors will relate their testimonies during these heinous crimes against humanity. They will share with the audience about how they were able to overcome unmeasurable suffering while  turning their dark experiences into rays of hope and light for future generations.

Following the evening program with film showing, there will be a one-day program consisting of personal accounts of the Survivors, lectures and presentations, short theater plays, open forum, and a ceremony to commemorate the Victims and to honor the Survivors of these heinous crimes. The Holocaust Survivors will share personal accounts about their time in the concentration camps and the Jewish ghettos. They will further give lectures about different topics related to the Holocaust, the Jewish people and culture, anti-Semitism, and what we can learn from the past. A group of Cambodian Survivors called “BREAKING THE SILENCE” will present different theater plays. Through the short plays, the talented artists will share their stories about their survival during the Pol Pot Regime. There will be also time for the different Survivors and the audience to meet and to dialogue together.

The Survivors who are coming from different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds will give a powerful message to the Filipino people and to other nationalities alike. It will be a declaration of unity that proclaims peace instead of war, love instead of hatred, reconciliation instead of revenge, and unity in diversity instead of factionalism and strife.

We urgently need your support to make this conference a reality this coming July 2017. 

The raised funds will cover the expenses of the airfares for the Survivors coming from Israel and from Cambodia to the Philippines, their flights and other transportation within the Philippines. We significantly reduced the original budget and are now even looking for Filipino families who are willing to accommodate our precious guests during their time in the Philippines. We further pray that for the conference venues we can partner with educational institutions or churches in Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro City. We believe, that the conferences are a great opportunity for these potential partners to promote the peace-building process within the Philippines and even beyond. Please spread the news. If you would like to request a detailed budget and project proposal and for other inquiries, feel free to contact us under [email redacted].

Thank you for being our partner in this endeavor of striving for global awareness, for justice and equality
of all people.



Thomas Oliver Kellenberger
Kiental, BE, Switzerland

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