Peaceful Communities

 

Through play, kids learn to accept and respect each other and to settle their disagreements with words

One billion children in our world live in conflict-​affected areas. In volatile areas, our programs encourage all children–regardless of the ethnic, cultural or historical divides they've inherited–to come together on neutral grounds and play.

A game of Protector Dodgeball is not about hitting the opponent–it's about protecting your team. A game of Volley Tennis is less about scoring points than it is about the communication it takes to keep the ball in the air and get it over the net. After a game is over, our Coaches get the players talking about the importance of strong leadership and communications skills. This gets them thinking about how the skills they've learned can be used to make their communities better.

For many children, conflict has not only torn them from their homes, but has made new neighbours of old enemies. Bringing kids together to play–whether on a football field or in a classroom–is an opportunity to foster the friendships and understanding that lasting peace is built upon.

    
 
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Kids in class

We train local teachers and community leaders to make education fun so that kids are excited to learn and are engaged in their lessons.

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Washing hands

Our games and activities teach children important life-saving lessons, like how to wash their hands and use a mosquito net.

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