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Cynthia Nakai

Cynthia Nakai

"To spar, the verb, means “to make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows as a form of training," according to the Oxford American mini-dictionary.

WFWP New Jersey Chapter recently had a chance to witness an event where a lot of sparring occurred. On a beautiful but hot summer’s day in June, contestants from five dojos (training studios for martial arts), gathered at the Clifton Boys and Girls Club at 9:30am for a day of form martial arts, sparring, exhibitions, and comradery. The New Jersey Chapter wanted to support this tournament because it emphasizes good sportsmanship, patriotism, and respect for others. We helped keep score, sold refreshments in the lobby, and timed events.

Mayor James Anzaldi graced the opening session with greetings from the Clifton Community. Pastor Bob Mansour prayed for the safety and blessings of the contestants; and a member of WFWP offered a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

The first demonstrations were for Form Martial Arts. Parents and spectators sat in the bleachers to watch their friends and children compete. Prizes were given to First, Second, and third place winners, comprised of beautiful trophies and certificates.

The sparring constituted the last section of the tournament. Contestants, geared in protective clothing, combatted each other without landing heavy blows. Three judges watched and an umpire monitored for fouls. The spectators were amazed at the agility of the contestants as they punched, pulled down, and even trapped their opponents with their feet.

Fort Lee drum performers spiced up the atmosphere with Japanese drumming. To top it off, musical martial arts performances were given as well, all to entertain the audience and show the diverse applications of the martial arts.

Because I was one of the scorers, I could sit up-front and see the demonstrations first hand. I was delighted at their enthusiasm and the sincerity of the contestants and performers. There is a real respect in martial arts which, when taught at an early age, can remain with the child for life.

Congratulations to the Clifton Tongil Moodo tournament and the winners of the various categories. We enjoyed the good sportsmanship and the display of excellent martial arts form! As WFWP, we want to encourage the youth to develop respect and consideration for all those around them, and we could witness that martial arts is a good way to educate the youth.


On Sunday June 4th, a lovely June afternoon, the Hackensack Satellite Chapter of WFWP in New Jersey met to more fully understand the mission and history of the United Nations and WFWP's responsibilities as an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

To begin, Mrs. Cynthia Nakai, City Chairwoman for Hackensack, explained the origin and meaning of the United Nations Flag. The flag was established in December 1946. It was designated to be light blue, the color of peace; as opposed to red, the color of war. The map on the flag is a flat projection of the world, with no one country given more prominence over another. Two wreaths of peace surround the map, further emphasizing the mission of peace the founding nations envisioned for the newly-established United Nations.

Rev. Denneze Nelson, WFWP New Jersey Chairwoman, shared the work of NGO's and the sustainable goals each is striving for. Rev. Nelson also shared information from the WFWPI website regarding WFWP's contribution to the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). This explanation helped us all understand WFWP’s role and goals as an NGO in General Consultative Status with ECOSOC. ECOSOC is one of six principal organs established by the United Nations charter of 1945. To learn more about ECOSOC, here is the page on the United Nations website that gives a good explanation --

It was a real treat to then listen to Mr. George Tegha who shared the work with WFWP that he and his wife have recently been doing in Ghana. Mr. Tegha explained that he solicited and benefited from the support of WFWP Ghana for grassroots based activities for water purification and mosquitoes prevention using all natural resources. They saw the need for economic development, especially in Amanfrom, Ghana. George and Josefa donated $300 worth of fiber-grass seeds to the towns of Amanfrom, Apese and Ayeyah. Fiber-grass is a medicinal herb that helps heal people with malaria and typhoid, plus it helps repel mosquitoes.

The plan is for the local people to grow the seeds into plants and then George and Josefa will buy them back and sell to mosquito repellant companies and medicinal companies, thus helping the economy of the local villages.They also worked together to strengthen local families and encouraged couples to take time to rededicate their marriages to God, each other, and a higher purpose at a Marriage Blessing Celebration with Family Federation for World Peace. They have every intention of going back to Ghana and continuing their work there.

After those educational explanations of the work of NGOs, and then the inspiring testimonies of substantial work being done by WFWP in Ghana; the floor was open for anyone to share. Along with our discussion and sharing, we relaxed with coloring books and colored pencils that depicted scenes appropriate for a more mature audience. This is, apparently, the new popular form of stress release! As far as I could see, it worked well!

To top it off, those who came to the meeting brought donations of new toiletry items that are being collected for the women at the Bergen County Homeless Shelter. Hackensack WFWP is moving ahead with monthly meetings not just for inspiration, but also for substantial action. We are determined to put the mission and goals of WFWP into practice in our local community. Thank you WFWP for giving us a way to help create a better world of peace right in our own backyards.

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April 29th, 2016

Treasure Yourself!

Have you ever wondered how to talk to your child about drugs? About teenage pregnancy? And what to do to avoid it?

The city of Orange, New Jersey, held a very informative program at the Lincoln School on Saturday, March 5 to discuss how to present such topics to one's children. Students, grandparents and parents were there to learn about the different counseling services and programs to guide teens to more productive, healthy life-styles.

Among the presenters were Mrs. Lillie Moore, Executive Director of the YWCA, Mr. Thomas Wright and Mr. Thomas Johnson of the Greater Essex Counseling Services; Ms. Sade Criss of Family Connections, and Nandi Bengu, WFWP Harlem Chapter Chairwoman, who presented C.L.U.E. (Creating Love and Uplifting Esteem), an abstinence based program to help young people make informed and better decisions when it comes to their bodies and their futures.

Organizations who participated were encouraged to set up information tables and the students served a great breakfast and lunch to the participants.

Clinician Thomas Johnson said he often feels like a missionary in his mental health practice. He gets such great satisfaction listening to people with problems and trying to work with and help them. He feels he is helping them on their spiritual path to wholeness. He advised, "Don't take a job just for money, find a job that also gives you satisfaction." He shared how he himself had been a drug addict, but with help, he was able to return to college and get his Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.

A representative from "First Choice" spoke and was very knowledgeable in the area of teen pregnancy. There are over 50 kinds of STDs that one can get from being promiscuous. She admonished, "Treasure yourself." She took out a small treasure chest bedecked with pearls and jewels. She continued, "Save what is important for marriage. Make sure you are mature enough to handle a baby."

Ms. Nandi Bengu presented C.L.U.E. during lunch to the students advocating saving sex until each person matures and gets to know each other and develop as functional human beings first.

Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. and councilman were there at the event, as well as three firefighters from the town, and many educators.

This kind of program is very helpful to parents, students, and educators who wish to guide the youth in their charge to personal fulfillment and moral clarity.

November 30th, 2015

Honoring WFWP Members

On Sunday September 27, WFWP Hackensack decided to celebrate the WFWP members whose birthdays were in July and August.

Everyone met at the Clifton Shops on the Promenade and each person received $5 to spend freely. We bought cappuccinos and read together from June Saunders’ book "Boundless as the Sea, a Guide to Family Love.” We read how important the bonds in the family are, and how good relationships in the family strengthen individuals later on in their lives.

"In the family we have our first experiences of love (or lack of it) which mold our characters. No matter what position we achieve in society, what level of education we receive...through the ups and downs of life our families form a set of intimate relationships which sets the norms for all other relationships we have in the world...the family is paramount because we learn to love and be loved within its framework". (Page 7.)

Each lady shared about her family experience growing up and how that affected her life now. Then we ventured into an accessory store called "Charming Charlie's” which sorts accessories by color, and it was quite a fun experience to shop there, even though we were there mostly to just look around.

Honoring Mrs. Marguerite DeboisHonoring Mrs. Marguerite Debois

Mrs. Marguerite Debois, whose birthday we were celebrating, let us know about growing up in Damascus, Syria and the situation of her relatives there. Lourdes told us about her family and growing up in Cuba.

We hope to meet again soon and to further the goals of WFWP in Hackensack, New Jersey in support of families and bringing a mother’s heart to all situations we meet.

For a long time I have wanted to invite Mrs. Hiroko Nitro to share her experiences as a WFWP volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Finally, on Sunday, April 26, Mrs. Nitro brought pictures and shared many wonderful memories and experiences teaching dental hygiene, taking care of leprosy victims, setting up schools, and teaching marriage values in a country rife with polygamy. Attendees were deeply impressed by her stories of working hard with the other volunteers to love and educate the Guinean people. Below is Mrs. Nitro's inspiring testimony.

"Hello, my name is Hiroko Nitro; I'm a busy mom of 5 kids now. I became a WFWP volunteer for the Republic of Guinea for three years way back in 1994. Through the direction of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, WFWP's founder, 1600 Japanese WFWP members were chosen as volunteers to go to 160 nations, 10 for each nation.

When I arrived at the Guinea airport, the first thing I noticed were children begging on the streets. Then I saw their parents at the opposite side of the street guiding them on where to beg for foreigners. This meant that the parents allowed their children to beg from foreigners. It was so painful for my heart to see that.

In Guinea, they didn't have electricity for 24 hours; so we had to use candles every night. It was that kind of situation.

I would like to share with you our volunteer activities. First, we established a school and managed the school through a Foster Parenting Project. We held French and English classes. Guineans speak French, but there were many refugees from Sierra Leone who spoke English. In the beginning we were renting, but eventually we could purchase the land and build a school. This school is still operating today.

Learning to Use ToothbrushesLearning to Use ToothbrushesSecond, we gave education for dental hygiene. Since most people used thin tree branches instead of tooth brushes, we taught how to brush your teeth and provided tooth brushes.

Third, we gave people knowledge on AIDS prevention. This was a tough issue because of the Guinean marriage system: one husband with many wives. Can you imagine that terrible situation? How can we see women's dignity?

Fourth, we had many donating activities: to hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, and also Hansen's disease patients (commonly known as leprosy). In Guinea, Hansen's disease patients were isolated from the city, similar to during Jesus' time. Although the facility for Hansen's disease patients was a national institution, the patients themselves had to go out to beg for food because the hospital lacked sufficient funds.

Donating medical suppliesDonating medical suppliesAt the beginning, none of the patients responded when WFWP members greeted them and brought rice, milk, and soap. However, after several visits, their attitude changed from complete despair to hope, and, partly as a result of our efforts, the government increased its budget for the hospital.

Honestly speaking it is not difficult to just give things. I feel sorry to the people of Guinea because we just gave something and left three years later. That kind of help is so temporary, so small. Just giving something makes people spoiled. More important is for people to become independent so they can make something by themselves. Then they can find the meaning of life.

When I was looking at the sun in Guinea, especially during sunset or sunrise, I often thought, "Is the sun currently seen here the same sun being seen in Japan?"

I actually struggle with why we can't bring or share our manpower to give more material aid to Guinea. For example, when we in the US or Japan get hit by natural disasters and there is total damage from earthquakes, tsunamis, or tornados, a few months, six months, one year, or three years is enough time to recover. Simply put, I have a big question about why we can't share and teach other countries like a mother, as a powerful G8 nation.

Donating rice to Sierra Leone refugeesDonating rice to Sierra Leone refugeesWhen I went to Guinea, I could only fill travelling suitcase with toys, clothes, and school supplies for them. But then after 3 years, the volunteers' small homemade activities in 160 nations steadily pulled up WFWP to reach General Consultative Status at the UN. Now we have the chance to move and shake the UN.

I'm sure we can make a difference to bring world peace through small activities with women's heart, a mother's heart. Thank you very much."1994 Volunteers to Guinea1994 Volunteers to GuineaVisiting a leper colony in GuineaVisiting a leper colony in GuineaWFWP meeting in the countrysideWFWP meeting in the countrysideConakry GuineaConakry GuineaDonating medical suppliesDonating medical suppliesEstablishing an elementary school in the Guinea capitalEstablishing an elementary school in the Guinea capitalMedical supplies from Japanese doctorsMedical supplies from Japanese doctorsSupporting a refugee campSupporting a refugee campLilly and DennezeLilly and Denneze

Guinea in 1977Guinea in 1977

Have you ever wondered what the American pioneer women used to quell a stomachache? Have you ever wondered why it might have been safer to have a midwife deliver a baby in the countryside than a doctor who had just seen a person with scarlet fever? It turns out that the early settlers did not know much about infection control and that disease was rampant.

These are some of the topics that were addressed at the annual Fort Lee Historic Reenactment on November 23 in New Jersey.

WFWP friends gathered at 2 p.m. to take tours and learn about the lives of the early settlers. We could walk into replicas of cabins that housed six people and had a ladder leading up to a loft where people slept. We could see the cannons fire that the American colonists had used as they tried to fight off the British during the Revolutionary War. We were permitted to walk back in time and glimpse at what cost freedom came to us who now live in the America that those brave men and women fought and gave their lives to establish.

The members of the Hackensack Chapter of WFWP love to gather and take educational tours. We started group tours with an emphasis on values, history, and appreciation of our forefathers. So this event was family-friendly and we invited ladies whom we have met over the years to join us. During the reenactment, we could even see children dressed in colonial costumes, which gave us a feeling of really being there. As we learn and speak about the history of America, we are seeking to nurture ourselves in positive values, good will, positivity, and cohesive families.

We want our chapter to develop into a group of meaning and heart to do volunteer work to help the community where we live and work. Through this, we are upholding the values and focus of WFWP all over the world, from the ground up, to educate, nurture, and uplift those we come in contact with in our daily lives.

November 27th, 2014

Uncovering History in Hackensack

September marked the first meeting of the new satellite WFWP chapter in Hackensack, New Jersey. Ladies gathered at Cubby's Steak House in Hackensack to network and learn about Women's Federation for World Peace. Each lady introduced herself and explained what she had a passion for. Erica teaches Zumba in her spare time and has lost weight and gotten in shape. She invited us to her Zumba class. Deborah works for social services and shared how someone could qualify for low-income housing or temporary shelter.

Sharon introduced us to her line of coffee and offered to serve her coffee if someone was going to hold an event. Ladies lingered for up to four hours sharing information and enjoying some mighty fine ribs.

Then on September 28, WFWP invited members and guests to the Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, New Jersey to develop a keener understanding of the trials and tribulations the early settlers faced during the Revolutionary War. Historian Frank Zabransky offered his insight on how the Americans staved off the British at the Hackensack River, and made their retreat southward to Princeton.

We saw the house with a typical garden where George Washington's troops stayed. We saw the small out-kitchen where the women cooked, which was away from the main house. There was a 17th-century barn on the premises. After hearing how the Americans had to dismantle the bridge to keep the British from crossing, we could appreciate more deeply the price of the freedoms that we all somewhat carelessly enjoy.

The Bergen County Historical Society maintains the property and offers many family-friendly programs throughout the year. If you would like more information, please visit their website:

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