Uplifting the Lakota voice through film and first-person storytelling
Global Peace Train is working with Dave Swallow, a Lakota Medicine Man on Pine Ridge Reservation, to produce a series of 3 films. Each film blends modern stories with ancient Lakota wisdom and spirituality. The goal of this body of work is to raise awareness for the people and help preserve the precious Lakota teachings before they are lost.
We’re on a mission to create a more empathetic world. We envision a world where marginalized communities can thrive. With the help of generous supporters like you, we’re getting closer every day.
Our Accomplishments/ Our Progress
14 Communites Supported
We identify and support communities that have been ostracised and ignored by society.
We are committed to identifying and supporting underserved communities globally.
Our volunteers organize grassroots efforts, perform at live events, and develop avatars to generate community support.
36 Events Globally
We become advocates for these communities by holding events to help raise awareness, empathy, and support for these communities.
There are so many causes to support that we couldn’t choose just one. Since 2009 we have helped support over 14 communities in 9 different countries. In order to help tell these stories we’ve created detailed case studies that highlight each of these communities and the overall impact of our efforts.
Supplies for Children in BA
Global Peace Train was founded in 2009. Our first project took place in BA, Argentina. We delivered needed supplies to children in the slums, children in an orphanage, and filmed the process to raise awareness for our local nonprofit partners.
Lakota Culture Support
A Truck for a Lakota Family
In 2012, Global Peace Train gifted a Toyota truck to a Lakota family. We performed needed maintenance on the vehicle every year and offered the family a new way to help their community and make money at the same time.
Star Quilt Giveaway
During a Presentville Show in 2016, Global Peace Train gave away over $10,000 worth of Lakota Star Quilts. As instructed by the Medicine Man guiding the project, we gifted the quilts to honor individuals and raise awareness about Lakota culture.
A Sammy Bear Home
In 2018, Global Peace Train facilitated a fundraiser which raised $40,000 and a 0% interest loan to purchase a home that now provides affordable housing to a long-time volunteer who suddenly found himself homeless and others in need of affordable housing.
Microloan Training & Delivery
In 2010, Global Peace Train facilitated business training for over 100 women in the slums of Kenya. We delivered microloans to help the women start businesses and uplift themselves from poverty.
120 Quilts Made by the Lakota
In 2011, Global Peace Train built an ecommerce website to help Lakota women sell their traditional star quilts. From 2011-2016, we sold dozens of quilts on the site and facilitated the sale of 120 traditional star quilts from the Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation to the Fort Mackay First Nations in Canada to honor their elders.
Created the Weeping Woman
In 2016, the Weeping Woman Avatar was created to help empower women. She provides an opportunity for women to draw attention to injustice in our world and create real-world change.
A Sammy Bear Prototype
In 2019, 3 volunteers and many donors rallied to build a 15-foot prototype for the second Sammy Bear Home which we plan to build on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.