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My personal story:
I am pleased to introduce myself as the Executive Director of the Goodwill social work centre (NGO), Madurai, India. I am a former professor and Head-Department of human resources management at the Madurai Institute of social sciences, Madurai, India. I received my master’s degree in Social work with HRM as a field of specialization from the Loyola College (University of Madras), Chennai, India in 1971 and Ph. D in social work/HRM from the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India in 1988.I hold a Certificate in International interdisciplinary Course on Children’s rights awarded by the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1996.

As an academic with 33 years of service, I have actively involved in Professional social work and HRM education and training, social research and field work practice in social work and HRM and have trained many batches of Post graduate students who have specialized in the field of Social work and Human resources management since 1972 at the Madurai Institute of social sciences, Madurai, India. Presently I am a visiting Faculty member at the Department of social sciences, Lady Doak College, (an autonomous institution accredited with Five stars by NACC and a College with potential for Excellence) Madurai, Tamilnadu, India and I have been teaching ‘Social Welfare and NGO Management’ and ‘Disability prevention and management’ to the women students of M.A in Applied Social sciences at the college. I have served as Visiting Faculty member of the Department of Management Studies, and the Department of Social work at The American college(an autonomous Institution accredited with Five stars by NACC-UGC,NewDelhi), Madurai, South India.

I am the founder and Chief functionary of Goodwill Social Work centre (NGO), Madurai, India. My professional involvement can be found on our website: at:

I have to my credit more than 90 articles on various social issues including HR related issues published in national and international journals and books. I have widely traveled abroad to present scientific papers in international conferences and seminars. I am a HR Educator and research consultant and involved in HR training activities. My special areas of interest include Professional social work practice, Human resources management, NGO /Civil society governance and management, Project management, training and capacity building for NGOs, Human rights training including child rights, social research etc. I have had wide professional experience in designing curriculum on Social work, Human resources management, HR training and Development, Family Life Management, Environmental education for children and Child Rights education and training for school children etc. I have had extensive experience in organizing ‘Intensive Family Preservation (family support services) programs’ for dysfunctional families. I have been actively involving myself in organising networking and capacity building programmes for Indian NGOs in the southern part of Tamilnadu,India. I have served as Lead Researcher of various social research studies undertaken by the Goodwill Social work Centre (NGO), Madurai, India.

I was appointed authorized Research Guide by the Madurai Kamaraj University for Ph.D Candidates in the field of Social work and HRM and I have so far guided three candidates who have qualified themselves for the award of Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) of the Madurai Kamaraj University.Madurai, India.

I am the VICE CONSUL of the First children's Embassy in the World Medjashi- Macedonia. I am an Observer Member of ALNAP, Overseas Development Institute, London, UN and a GU Associate member/Consultant registered with I am a GLI NETWORKER and have registered as a member from India with

Prof. Dr.J.Christopher Daniel, M.A.Ph.D (social work)
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No; 5, south street extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625 002, India , email:
Why I want peace:
Where there is poverty there cannot be peace;
Where there are no human values professed and practised there cannot be peace;
Where is no truthfulness in mind,words and action, there cannot be peace
Interests and activities:
creative writing,children's rights campaiging,NGO networking
Something you didn't know about me:
I am a Child rights advocate
How I found
What I want to achieve here:
I want to promote peace as a value,a virtue and a force among children of the world.Let every child enjoy the right to peace


Children have a right to peace

Posted on September 26, 2007 at 1:42pm 0 Comments

My organisation'Goodwill Social Work Centre' conducted a series of "Children have a right to peace' events for school children in a few schools in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu,South India. As nearly as 300 children participated in Peace education and peace mural arts campaigns.Children made floor arts(Kollam),paintings and drawings on the theme 'Children have a right to peace'.I have created a web album containing photos of various events organised for children.Please take a few… Continue

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At 12:41pm on December 16, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
Request for a 'letter of recommendation' to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation

Dear Dr. J. Christopher Daniel,

Last June 24th approximately 2000 people embraced the Old City of Jerusalem. They walked around the city walls, holding hands and expressing the unity of the Old City. Inhabitants of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinians, as well as peace activists from the entire world are standing side by side in their wish for peace and in their love for Jerusalem.

Since 2007 the Jerusalem Hug has been organized, as a collaboration between the ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, the ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ and a Dutch group of light workers coming from Amsterdam.
The ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ are a group of people from several peace movement organizations in Israel, under direction by Dvora Pearlman, established to create peace in Jerusalem.
The ‘Jerusalem Peacemakers’ consists of a group of passionate and involved Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem under direction of Eliyahu McLean and Ibrahim Abu el Hawa who form an international network on inter religious bases with the aim to create peace and unity in Jerusalem. “When real peace in the holy land will be realized, then it will be possible to engineer peace in the whole world.”
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rob Schrama, artist and peace activist, supports the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ together with a small team of involved and passionate fellow workers.

Together we established the ‘Jerusalem Hug Foundation’ that will be involved to get international support.

On May 21 2007 and on June 24 2008 the Big Hug of Jerusalem took place for the first and second time. Both Jerusalem Hugs were visited by more than 2000 participants, inhabitants of Jerusalem, Palestinians and Israeli, as well as peace activists from Israel and from all over the world.

On June 21 2009 a new Jerusalem Hug will be realized. The aim of the Jerusalem Hug is to promote a peaceful experience of freedom and joy to all people. The Jerusalem Hug will focus on love, respect and unity. With this attitude the participants will spread out around the walls of the Old City holding hands, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.

Drumming together is an returning activity in every Jerusalem Hug, connecting the different population groups. During the first Jerusalem Hug in 2007 Palestinian and Israeli drummers from Jerusalem played together. As a result of this experience they decided to continue playing together. Several times they played together at the Damascus Gate to stimulate the rhythm of peace in the hearts of the people.

During the coming Jerusalem Hug, the Palestine and Israeli drummers will get support from internationally famous drummers. GrandMotherDrum, coming from Alaska and Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer in the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ will invite all drummers in Jerusalem to create together a concert in the park along the north site of the wall.

The Jerusalem school kids, at least one class of Palestinians and one class of Israeli children are coming together during the Jerusalem Hug to fly their Kites for Peace above the thousands of participants. They will express that the children of Jerusalem want to live in a city were peace, freedom and tolerance are the foundation of our coexisting.

The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ stands symbol for another way to achieve peace. Everywhere the belief in a political solution of the Middle East conflict has been gone down to point zero. There ought to be found another way and that is the way of the heart. We believe that when we find peace in ourselves and when we are able to forgive, world peace will come closer.
The Jerusalem Hug gives expression to this wish for change as a concrete statement. Jerusalem stands as a symbol for peace and forgiveness in the world. Let Jerusalem be a city of connection, the heart of the world where unity and peace will be a fact. Every year, we will increase the Jerusalem Hug to a lager event, with every year more and more participants. Let the ‘Jerusalem Hug’ fill Jerusalem completely with love, so there will not be place for hatred anymore.

We request you to send a letter of recommendation to the Jerusalem Hug Foundation, a supporting letter that we can send to the funds we are approaching for financing our event. The best way to send this letter before December 24 to the “Jerusalem Hug Foundation” Krom Boomsloot 16, 1011 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands or email it to:

We thank you for your cooperation and we hope to hold hands with you during the coming Jerusalem Hug.


Rob Schrama
At 10:15am on August 5, 2008, Social TV said…
thank you for the request. You seem very interesting.
please whach our EN video's. for example:
At 2:42am on August 5, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Thank you for your friendship invitation - and for the work you do. Do you know of any similar work being done in Israel or Palestine or, especially, across that divide?
At 2:33am on August 5, 2008, Alex Bell said…
Thank you for asking me to be your friend. I am honoured to accept.

When I worked in Launceston I had a good friend there, Dr. John Thomas. So far as I know he has returned to India. Do you know him at all?

How is your 'Children have a right to peace' course going? I think this approach is a marvelous investment in the future.

Regards, Alex
At 11:38pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

The sting of all problems between Israeli and Palestinians lays in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that all parties fighting for control over her can agree upon.

On June 24, the ‘Big Hug’ will be hold in Jerusalem. Light workers from Israel, Palestine and from all over the world, ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, will come together to bring warmth and energy to this city, embracing holding hands the Old City. If we bundle all our positive energies and bring these to Jerusalem, we can create peace to this exceptional place.

We are organizing the Big Hug to make the people aware –especially the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem- that there is a very shaped perspective for the city of Jerusalem as a city of peace: a new, undivided Jerusalem, as the capital of Palestine, Israel and at large.

Let go of the conflict concerning her command and dedicate the city to the Omnipresent. The Old City as a whole is His Temple. To give the walled Old City free to God, as a "Status Apart”, as an independent city, will be the most feasible way to come out the current impasse.

The Old City of Jerusalem must become an open city; a House of Prayer for all the Peoples. This perspective is written down in the Holy Books, this is the perspective we, as ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ embrace as well as solution. But how many people does already notice this hopeful point of view?

What I saw in Jerusalem and also everywhere else where I meet Islamic and Jewish people is, that not so many persons really think about a future for Jerusalem. Most of the time, they stick with old ideas that the Old City of Jerusalem will always remain a part of Israel, or in opposite, that it will be absolutely a part of a new Palestinian state, as stolen land that has to be given back. With these visions, a future Jerusalem will be a divided city with an East Palestinian and West Israeli part, with barbed wire and checkpoints in between, like the situation of the city from 1948-1967. Or, coming closer to an agreement, people suggest -like proposed in the “Geneva Accord” in 2003- to make a complicated dividing of the Old City in a Israeli and Palestinian part. That will mean that the small alleys will be split by walls and barriers too. The idea that a future Jerusalem will become a divided city, is something that we have to prevent.

There are living about 250.000 Palestinian and 500.000 Israeli rather close together in one city. Do they want to make a separation of Jerusalem in parts or do they choose, deep in their hearts, for unity? So my best friends, it is our task to inform the whole city that there is an alternative for the Jerusalem of today.

All lovers of a united Jerusalem will come together to encircle and embrace the Old City of Jerusalem with love and devotion. We have to encourage all inhabitants of Jerusalem to join the coming Big Hug, with the idea of a New Jerusalem that might be realized with their support.

Rob Schrama Phone:0031-646608660
At 4:30pm on February 11, 2008, essa said…
Amjad Group for Peace
Amjad Group is an independent group born essentially from an initiative launched by a group of active Palestinian youth in the civilian and union field and others of those who are interested in creating a powerful youth mass capable of developing and strengthening the youth role in the community, and by investigating in social programmes that expresses youth demands considering them the largest tranche in the Palestinian community .
Amjad Group had observed the light in March 1997 to proceed as a distinct youth model.
Amjad Group seeks to establish it's goals through improving the civilian community principles and encouraging the efforts of those who believe in these principles and those who are active in the transformation to a democratic community.
Amjad Group among all seeks to study the youth demands and involving them in building specialized programmes and plans in order to develop and enhance their skill, besides involving them in changing their reality life and pushing the community towards developing community principles away from intolerance and discrimination.
.Amjad Group consists of members of workers according to the primary statute , an annual meeting is arranged to approve the administration managment strategy and oversight it,The administration's members are elected once every 3 years.
The executive management and the group's work team are choosed by the general administration through special professional conditions, the work of this executive management is to establish the strategies of the group through a number of plans and programmes, and reporting periodically.
Amjad Group is well known through a number of associations and NGOs which are specialized in the field of education, culture, politics, rescue, health, agriculture, sports, women, children, human rights and resources.
To reach with the cultural awareness of the Palestinian youth to a level that matches the cultural awareness in the whole world on the basis of promoting democracy, brotherhood, equality and tolerance between people principles.

Working on deeping the effective contribution of the youth in the Palestinian community through out a number of plans and programmes and through mutual dialogue reaching a distinct Palestinian community.

Responding to the growing need of young people and acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience to become active and creator members in the community.
Contributing in developing and encouraging the youth initiatives and working on enhancing it.
Contributing in improving democracy and equality knowledge, developing the basis of a civilized community through a variety of social programmes.
Training a youth cadre whose capable of showing the civilized side and highlight the cultural heritage of our people.
Contributing in strengthening networking with young groups through out the world and promoting the exchange of experiences.

For more information :

At 2:09pm on November 21, 2007, Jessica Johnston said…
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At 10:22am on October 1, 2007, Theresa McGallicher said…
Hi and greetings from Niger, Africa. Thanks for your friendship invitation!
At 7:12pm on September 29, 2007, Nir Boms said…
Excellent work professor!
At 5:49am on September 26, 2007, Jeff Rudy said…
Hello Dr. Daniels,

Thank you for your e-mail and the link to your art projects. It looks like you have all the materials needed to participate in the Where Peace Lives' International Peace Mural Exchange.

Do you have access to a canvass 8' x 4'? I would like to put you in contact with my partners Donna and Jeff Clapp. Donna the Executive Director and Jeff Clapp is the Director of Programs and Director of Programs.

Jeff Clapp is a new member to the Peace Portal. His e-mail is

He can provide you with all the details regarding the activities we have for the children and the specifics regarding the type of materials needed to creat the mural.

Let us see how we can bring this project to India.

Much love and peace,
Jeff Rudy
Director of Development
Where Peace Lives


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