Ruth Mendelson | Well Wishes and Blessings (Kids in America to Iraq)

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Well Wishes and Blessings (Kids in America to Iraq)

by Ruth Mendelson

The power of love and innocence in this award-winning Spoken Word CD is now literally saving lives. We welcome you to our CD Baby page and invite you to read responses from our neighbors around the world.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Younger Kids
5:55 album only
2. Mostly Teens
14:52 album only
3. Final Words
3:56 album only
4. Younger Kids (extended)
9:51 album only
5. Mostly Teens (extended)
26:03 album only
6. Final Words (extended)
5:02 album only


Album Notes
This beautiful and powerful collection of words, songs and raps was made possible by the generosity of several children and teens living throughout the US. Ruth spent a year traveling across America, going state to state, town to town, interviewing kids (ages 3-19) regarding their well wishes for the people of Iraq, as well as their thoughts about peace and life in general.

Featured: "Top 100 Products in K-12 2007"
-District Administration Magazine, K-12 Education Leaders

Tracks 1-3 English only
Tracks 4-6 English with Arabic translation

As a result of the communication networks established by the CD, infants are now being flown from Iraq to India for surgery and medical treatment. WELL WISHES AND BLESSINGS is also be used in Kenya and other countries as an effective tool of reconciliation. Please read on.


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"'Well Wishes and Blessings' is a fantastic program that is building bridges between our world’s youth. By developing dialogues between young people, Ruth and her team have given us an important tool for developing understanding and therefore lasting peace. It is critical that we act now to support programs like Well Wishes and Blessings - not only to touch individual lives, but to make this a safer world for all."

-Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute &
UN Messenger of Peace


"When I listened to the Well Wishes and Blessings CD I thought these are the words that everyone in the two countries and in the world should know, say and spread for their heart-to-heart innocence. It is essential that such words as selflessness, tolerance and empathy be in our mind before we say or do anything. Many thanks to you for having the friendly words from the friendly souls said and heard."

- Dr. Ahmad Al-Hadidi
Fulbright Scholar and Research Assistant
School of Medicine, Mosul University

“We are the Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment IDCYE located in Baghdad/Iraq. We would like to inform you that we will have the honour to distribute the Well Wishes CD’s in our beloved country Iraq, in fact it is a creative work that expresses the feelings of the American children and convey their feelings to the Iraqi children. We appreciate your efforts in performing such a great work.
God Bless you."
M.A.A., Executive Director of the IDCYE/Iraq

FEEDBACK FROM KENYA (after uprisings in Spring '08):

"I had the motive of revenging for loss of loved ones and property of my tribe in the ethnic violence but after listening to the CD, my heart softened and now I will continue to pray so that peace may return to our beloved country. The cards are also like the prescriptions I got from the Doctor. May God bless the people of America for their concern."
- Lucy Wairimu, Nakuru, Kenya

"Thanks for the CD; its really inspiring and it has brought in my house a sense of understanding, love, assurance, hope, and confidence especially after what our country went through, the gift was timely, i hope and trust that such sensitizing program should also be started here; it will help my children learn that in spite our ethnicity difference we are still one people.they were so moved and asked me, ''how come American do care a lot and are always the ones who are much more willing the help whenever need arises than any other people the world?" Nancy Nyambura ( Nairobi City Council)

"I have never seen or listened to other CD by children with such strong message of peace and hope, this children speak so bluntly and so candidly,i wish we can borrow from them and avoid un necessary wars and distructions.The work Ruth has done i amazingly human,thank her for the brilliant and noble idea of coming up with this Cd's where the students have turned into teachers and teachers into students." Ruth Okoba.

"I thank you for your kindness and for the gift of the CD. God bless you. I know it is hard to understand my present condition and circumstances. Yes, they were my friends but they want to kill us in order to avenge the suffering and the killings of their community. They set fire to our house. What I really need to know now is just a faithful person to stand for me as my foreign guardian. And that, I got in the CD you gave me. I learned that it costs nothing to forgive and let peace prevail upon us all. THank you. Please tell the American friends that we love them and they should not tire standing by us."

"This is the most refreshing CD that i have ever listened to, its message is so touching ;it a taste of a bitter past and a better and rich tomorrow'. A must listen to by people of all ages who really care and value humanity." Baraton University of Eastern Africa. Charles m Esilaba


“I LOVED it. I loved listening especially to the translated part of it, because when I hear the Arabic, I know that’s what is going to help the kids literally understand what we’re trying to tell them and its so awesome to listen to!! When I first started thinking more about it and it actually brought tears to my eyes because now, listening to it all together as a whole, made me feel so happy to hear what the kids are hearing all the way in Iraq, and I know that when they hear this they’ll feel much better and I know they need it. Its so special because the CD is the connection for kids all over the U.S. as well as in Iraq. When I was listening to it, I actually felt a connection to the other kids in the U.S. who spoke on the CD, because we were all a part of it and I know that many other kids in the U.S. also feel the same way we do. And being able to let the kids in Iraq know this, is such a good feeling because otherwise, there would really be no way for them to know that we actually do consider the way they feel about the circumstances, and we really DO care about them. Its important because what they see everyday leads them to believe otherwise.”
--Hyatt, age 16

“It touched me in my heart. They should make more hit tracks like the ones we heard. I wish I was on the track to tell them how I feel.”
--Cordante, age 17

“My vision of a world in harmony is one filled with music. Music is joy and life, hope and spirit all wrapped in one. So just let the music play until the last note fades into the atmosphere.”
–Jasmine, Youth C.A.N.


“In war we orphan our children and their future. Terrorism and hatred are taught. They are not acquired or instinctive. Children are the future. I believe it is very important that the Well Wishes and Blessings CD is connecting kids around the world. Kids here in the U.S. are also having a hard time. What I like about your CD is that it is completely communicated by the kids themselves—they’ve created the bridge, a vehicle driven by innocence.”
--Terry Howard, Multi Grammy winning producer-Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Nora Jones

“Besides being expressed entirely by children, what makes this audio project powerful and unique is that everything the kids say on the CD is also accompanied by an Arabic translation. In addition to letting the children of Iraq and the rest of the Arab world know exactly what the American kids are saying, the Arabic translation also lets Americans experience the Arabic language in a way that they rarely hear outside the stereotypical "angry terrorist" sounds depicted in American films and TV shows. Well Wishes and Blessings -- Kids in America to Iraq is an audio project that every human being--whether child, adult, American, Iraqi or anything else--could benefit from hearing. It conveys a universal message that, when heard in the words of children, is easy to understand and support.”
--Fett, Technology Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine


"One of the most devastating effects of living in a war zone is the pervasive sense of isolation that works to break the spirit. Well Wishes and Blessings has broken through this wall and brought smiles and hope to people who badly need both."

-Bruce Wallace, 121Contact Project
(The 121Contact Project connects students and teachers in Iraq and the U.S. by email. Selected emails are on the blog: Mr. Wallace can be contacted at )



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Dr. Patricia Connolly

Teachers! Grab this fabulous CD to use in your classroom!
As a teacher for 35 years I see the power and inspiration in using this CD in all classrooms. Well Wishes and Blessings sparkles with the wisdom and love of children for all other children in the world, especially for those in Iraq at this time. The beauty and intention in their voices and words carry their yearnings for a world of deep compassion, respect for diversity, extended friendship and true peace. Teachers of any grade level can use this CD to stimulate discussions and projects about peace, community, and what children can do to make a positive difference in the world.


Blown Away by the Power of this CD
I have shared a number of copies of the CD “WELL WISHES & BLESSING” with musicians, friends, family, people of all walks of life, and all of them are blown away by the power of the CD. Its authenticity is unheard of in today’s culture of quick digital cuts, and monotonous sounds that grab our attention for mere seconds. Though I am moved artistically by it, I find the purity of its creation and goal to represent the true blossoms of life. Ms. Mendelson uses her gift with genius and heart, and as an artist I am inspired by it, and as a fellow human on this great planet we call earth I am relieved and invigorated in the love that flows from the creation. Thank you!

Jan S

Moving. You cannot help but be emotionally touched listening to the hopes our children have for peace in the world.

S. E. Rose

The Power of Love through Music
A great work of musical talents of the young people in the CD put together to share with the listener the language of PEACE!


Outstanding! A tribute to the power of love! A must have!
Ruth and her team did an outstanding job! Moving Inspiring spoken word and music that should be in all Americans collection.A testimony to the power of love! Lets respond by sending that love around the planet!