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Let’s Colour Walls of Connection in Karachi, Pakistan

Over several months, Let's Colour Walls of Connection carried out a number of actions across Karachi. The project came in to transform walls into a tool to connect with a community that is usually “walled-out”.

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Positive impact of paint & colors
 

As a preparation for the project, in each school where the activation took place – a “Peace Club” was created, composed of 30 students. They analyzed the connection between colors and feelings in order to choose the best and most suitable paints for the murals.

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Spreading peace and freedom in Karachi

 

The project started in May 2017. Around 400 students from the school and nearby schools joined the activation of the first wall, accompanied by high-level officials, including the Bishop of Karachi and the representatives of AkzoNobel office who came all the way from Lahore to be part of the event.

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The event that connects

 

The event started by freeing doves as a symbol of peace, with a full program of activities that included peace speeches by the attending officials and the students alike, followed by painting moments that took place along with the folklore dance performed by the talented students. The event raised the banner of tolerance, understanding and connection, engaging the community, the students, the school, the teachers and the families on an unforgettable day.

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Bringing unity through paint & colors

 

The design of the wall symbolizes freedom through the most famous symbol of peace, the ‘peace dove’ diving in a free sky with a diverse background. This reflects that regardless of the diverse religious and social backgrounds of the students, there is a unity that brings them together. The blue color of the mural is wisely chosen to impact the sense of peace and loyalty. The design came from the brainstorms of the Peace Clubs inside the school.

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Continuing the interfaith dialogue

 

The AkzoNobel and MasterPeace duo continued by coloring the walls of more schools, with the following action in August, at the Cardinal Cordeiro High School. A local artist designed a mural with the purpose of giving form and color to the idea of interfaith dialogue.

The theme for this painting was “Creating Peace Through Interfaith Harmony”, so the design shows various symbols of the different religious communities in Pakistan, coming together. This mural now inspires the children to accept each other and to live together in harmony with their different beliefs.

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