Projects of the Department for Happiness of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly will be presented in African Countries

28/03/2024 10:40

The Head of the Department for Happiness of the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Marina Volkova, held a working meeting with the Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Burkina Faso in Russia on cultural issues, Mr. Vital Placid Sempare.

The meeting discussed joint projects with the Assembly and the cultural sphere of the African state. The main topic was the issues of interaction between the parties to involve children from different countries in joint activities. This is especially relevant against the background of the general trend of rapprochement between Russia and the countries of the African continent.

The Department for Happiness is a division of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, which deals with issues of people's well-being and happiness. In this context, the projects discussed at the meeting are aimed at creating conditions for the development and realization of the creative potential of children, as well as strengthening cultural ties between Russia and African countries.

During the meeting, the Head of the Department presented projects such as the International Competition Festival “The World Draws Happiness”, the “Letters of Happiness” campaign and an exhibition of drawings.

The International Competition Festival “The World Draws Happiness” is an event that brings together children from different countries to participate in an art competition. The “Letters of Happiness” campaign is a project in which children from different countries exchange letters, sharing their dreams and hopes. Holding a drawing exhibition, in turn, can be a way to showcase the work of children from different countries, as well as an opportunity for them to get to know each other's culture and art.

“Have you noticed that when you share happiness, there is more of it? And any little thing can make us happy, even if only for a moment, but from these little things the general state of satisfaction from life is gathered. And the more we give this world reasons to be happy, the happier the people around us become. And happy people don’t want quarrels and hostility,” noted Marina Volkova, head of the Happiness Department of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly.

She said that in 2021, the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly Andrei Belyaninov expressed the idea of a very good project - “Letters of Happiness”. The Department of Happiness and the “EURASIA KIDS” project invited everyone to remember the good tradition of sending handwritten mail that will bring joy to loved ones.

“It would seem, what can a simple postcard or letter do? But believe me, even a small wish for happiness can do a lot,” Marina Volkova is convinced. “When we first launched this project, we couldn’t even imagine how interesting, multifaceted and heartfelt it would turn out to be.”

To date, dozens of famous people have written their “Letters of Happiness.” Politicians, actors, directors, musicians and public figures wrote their wishes and messages of welcome, addressed both to all humanity, and to military personnel and pensioners.

Experts from the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly were able to involve residents of Egypt, India, and South Ossetia in the “Letters of Happiness” project.

The postcards were produced based on drawings by children from different countries and paintings by the famous Russian artist Nikas Safronov. The postcards with drawings by participants of the “The World Draws Happiness” festival turned out to be very warm. Thus, one postcard unites the creative impulse of the artist, the drawing, with the literary inspiration of the author of the message. This touching union did not leave any recipient indifferent.

Mr. Vital Placid Sempare, Advisor to the Embassy of the Republic of Burkina Faso in Russia on cultural issues, did not remain indifferent to the projects of the Department of Happiness of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly. He expressed hope for fruitful cooperation in the development of “happy” projects on the African continent.