Even within the most vulnerable communities there are resources to create peace. This was the case for Haripriya Bathula, from the Play for Peace club in Hyderabad, who recently had a very special training experience.
Nikhil Mehta, a Play for Peace certified trainer from Pune, India, reflects on his experience with the power of cooperative play and the unique spirit of Play for Peace.
Archana Magar, a certified trainer and regional coordinator in India, has been using Play for Peace during her work with terminal stage three cancer patients. During weekly narrative therapy sessions, Archana incorporates narrative ideas into Play for Peace activities and has had much success with participants.
An inspiring experience with cooperative play led Archana to join Play for Peace in 2008. Now a regional coordinator and global trainer in India, she inspires others to use play as a way to connect with children and create peace.
Play for Peace trainer Vijay works with one of the most ostracized societies in India, the Dalit. A Dalit himself, he understands the need to empower his community using Play for Peace. Learn about his work with Dalit children and youth and his recent effort to open a library featuring Dalit authors.
The Jagran Club in India recently received Play for Peace certified trainers Swati and Agyat, who closely worked with Sahil Balmiki and taught him how to conduct play sessions and how to interact with younger children through these activities.
The Jagran Club brings hope to children in its community. This hope is not an outcome of just words, but of very devoted and unconditional work. Jagran operates under its motto, “Work, Not Words” and continues to change the lives of children throughout India.
UPDATE: Swati and Agyat reached Kashmir where they intended to work with the people who run Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). The project was implemented by Action Aid, which has two partners and the desire to run 100 CFS. The plan was to have two…
“I have been working with the community for 15 years, where violence is always the same. But in the last 4 years, children and youth who are with me are touching new skies in their lives. For me, PFP is life.” —PFP Mentor, Vijay Kumar
With 35 youngsters from Kolkata, India, the Disciples for Peace Club, led by trainer Arzoo Shakir, celebrated the Compassion Games Global Unity Games. Her team and the participants could not get enough!