an international movement of students who honor and remember Holocaust victims by working to end present-day genocide
Triangles of Truth (ToT) is an international movement of students who honor and remember Holocaust victims by working to end present-day genocide.
Our mission is twofold:
(i) to educate citizens from all walks of life in the history and lessons of genocide and
(ii) to guide them as they run their own community-based fundraising campaigns to help meet the immediate humanitarian needs of current genocide refugees.
To date, over fifty groups and institutions across four continents have participated, realizing their powerful ability to impact the lives of others, raising $60,000 for anti-genocide civilian protection and advocacy projects. Since June 2011, Triangles of Truth has worked with i-ACT and the United Nations Refugee Agency to support early childhood education in the Darfuri refugee camps of Eastern Chad. Collectively, we have channeled our proceeds to sponsor geometry kits, writing utensils and other necessary supplies. The partnership’s next project, Little Ripples, will build the first two-preschools in the region for approximately 8,000 refugee children.
In 2007, a group of students at Boca Raton Community High School had a big idea.
...to act in memory of past victims to help present-day ones
They were learning about the Holocaust at a time when the genocide in Darfur was raging, and decided to act in memory of past victims to help present-day ones. Triangles were used to mark homosexuals and others under Nazi tyranny, so the students decided to use it as the cornerstone for a project aimed at memorializing those victims. They began producing colorful paper triangles, inscribing the name of a different Holocaust victim on each, and selling them throughout their neighborhoods, youth groups, and houses of worship.
Today, Triangles of Truth 501(c)(3) is an international movement of students working in memory of Holocaust victims to meet the humanitarian needs of current victims of genocide and mass atrocity.
It has spread to schools around the world: we have projects in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Scotland. Our students at Boca Raton High School in Florida—the home and headquarters of the project—print, cut, and inscribe the paper triangles. From there they ship them to our project leaders in participating schools. Once the triangles are received, project leaders launch campaigns to sell them in classrooms, cafeterias, and at community functions. In so doing, they raise critical awareness of genocide history and highlight the relevance of the Holocaust’s lessons still today. Upon completion of a campaign, students take to the hallways and gyms of their schools and construct what we call “living memorials” using the sold, signed tributes.
To date, over fifty groups and institutions across four continents have launched campaigns. Together, we are the first education-driven student anti-genocide movement in the world. In five years, we have raised over $61,000 in support of various initiatives.
Between 2007 and 2010, Triangles of Truth channeled over $40,000 of the funds raised to the Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network—now United to End Genocide. Their projects included, for example, the Firewood Program, which enabled Darfuri women to cook for and feed their families by allowing them to avoid the life-threatening trek to retrieve firewood they previously had to endure. The funds collected by our students helped improve the living conditions for approximately 1,000 families.
In May, 2011, Triangles of Truth launched a partnership with i-ACT and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to support early education initiatives in refugee camps in Eastern Chad, where hundreds of thousands of survivors from Darfur have fled.
Since then, proceeds raised by ToT-affiliated groups have been forwarded to support education in the camps, as targeted by the i-ACT team in communication with UNHCR. Educational programs include: the building of structures, equipment, school supplies and books, teacher training and salaries, water and hygiene facilities, nutrition, and more.
ToT’s latest donation of $5,000 has sponsored geometry kits and pencils for up to 3,700 Darfuri refugee children (receipt here).
Sharona Kay, Founder and President
Teaching about the Holocaust forces me to focus on how fortunate I am
I was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and lived in several states across the Northeast growing up. I decided my junior year in college to become a teacher and it was clearly the best choice for me. I have taught in four different high schools (NJ, NY, PA, and now FL) and I loved each experience. I taught a variety of Social Studies classes, including World History, American History, Advanced Placement History, Cultural Literacy, and currently, Holocaust Studies. While I enjoyed teaching each of these subjects, teaching about the Holocaust is my true passion and so next year I will focus exclusively on that subject.
People often ask me how I can be so happy after teaching about the Holocaust on a daily subject but I feel that teaching about the Holocaust forces me to focus on how fortunate I am and all that I should appreciate in my life. I hope to share that life lesson with my husband and my three boys who make me believe that the world will, one day, become a better place.
Simon Goldberg, Executive Director
...to dream of a world where genocide is a crime of the past
Originally from Israel, I moved to the United States in 2003 and attended university in New York City, graduating with a degree in History and a minor in Political Science. In 2008 I joined Triangles of Truth and the wonderful Boca-based team, and began working to expand the organization’s reach across the United States and throughout the world.
I am currently based in Hong Kong, where I teach Jewish Studies at an international school. I continue to draw inspiration from the scholars, filmmakers, teachers and activists with whom we have joined hands to facilitate ToT campaigns in schools of all affiliations. Most of all, however, I am motivated by the young people who continue to dream of a world where genocide is a crime of the past..