For the past seven years, Play for Peace has hosted a live 5K race to celebrate World Peace Day and support our efforts to create compassion, connection, and community around the world. However, like many things in 2020, this year our celebration will look a little different. This year, our race is going virtual!
In Mumbai, the Khula Aasman Club has been creating peace in its region since 2014, developing leadership skills in marginalized youth and children using play and the arts. While COVID-19 has presented new challenges for the club, the group has continued to have a great impact on its community.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our clubs are working hard in their communities, creating positivity and compassion in a time where there is much fear and uncertainty. One such club is the Play for Peace Chicago Goode Club, which recently put together a project to bring unity and identity to club members during this trying time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countless communities of people in countries across the world, and Afghanistan’s Herat Province is no different. In a place where many live hand to mouth, lockdowns have left people without any source of income for food, basic necessities, or places to live.
Right now, we are at a crucial tipping point in history. The senseless death of George Floyd last week brought years and years of heartbreak to the forefront, and bringing thousands of people together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As part of our effort to stand in solidarity for with the black community, here are three ways you can use experiential education to start the conversation about racial injustice, and help effect change in your home and in your world.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, our community of Play for Peace trainers and mentors gathers via Zoom to share how their communities are weathering the COVID-19 crisis. They also share tips and techniques for supporting their communities during this unpredictable time.
With Coronavirus lockdowns expanding globally, billions of people in Africa are faced with unprecedented restrictions and turmoil. Despite all of this, our clubs there are working hard to support their communities, providing access to food, basic necessities, and emotional support.
As families adjust to a new work/life balance at home, children may find more time to fill during the day. Beyond screen time and outdoor play, art is a great and enriching way for kids to express themselves, and an effective communication tool for revealing their thoughts, interests, and feelings.
This week is Earth Week! Since the coronavirus and social distancing have made it difficult for our clubs to physically observe together, we're taking a look back at past Earth Week celebrations to remind us of the amazing ways our clubs can, and will continue to, make our world a better place.
As we adjust to new routines in quarantine, people are turning to technology more than ever. Parents especially must figure out how to deal with technology when it comes to their children. Learn how you can use this extra screen time to check in with your child and get a sense for how they're doing during this challenging time.
A growing body of research is now focusing on the connection between nature and health and wellness, and the results are clear: experiencing nature has both psychological and physiological benefits. But how good is it for our health, and how can we use nature to connect with our children?
Now that you have a full house at home or are supporting your students in their houses, now is the time to check in with our children/students even more. Here are five fun and unique ways to “check in” with your children to give them new ways to express themselves—and help you know what is really going on with them!
Now a global pandemic, Covid-19 has affected almost every country in the world, sickening populations of people and overwhelming healthcare systems. While we all must practice social distancing in order to slow the spread and “flatten the curve,” our club in India is still finding ways to create compassion, connection, and community.
Across the globe, this last week has seen a spike in fear and uncertainty amid the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, so many of the children, youth, and adults we work with experience fear and trauma on a daily basis—so Play for Peace remains committed to continuing our important work. Our team works virtually, so our support to the Play for Peace community will continue uninterrupted during this difficult time.
After recent riots in New Delhi, India, resulted in destruction and loss of life, our club in Mumbai joined together for a special peace session. The group discussed the tragic events and how despite their differences, the group is dedicated to creating inclusion and peace in their community.
Play for Peace is not just an organization. It is a family of peace builders trying to change the world. The Play for Peace connection is strong—so strong that it recently brought together a group of Play for Peace members and former members in Chicago, who are very devoted to spreading Play for Peace in their communities.
As part of our most recent Global Games for Interfaith Harmony Week, this week we hosted an exchange between the HOLA club in Los Angeles, California, and the Cantel Club in Guatemala. Our clubs' shared their visions and the work they are doing, and had a blast in the process!
This month we hosted our first-ever Playshop Connect—with much success! Not only did the group—an organization based in the Chicago area—learn about Play for Peace, but they also took part in a series of fun, interactive challenges and activities that created connection and community among team members.
We are lucky to work with trainers around the world who are dedicated to creating peace. A perfect example of this is Nikhil Mehta, our trainer in Mumbai, India, who recently hosted a Play for Peace session in the Aarey Colony, which has been in the news due to serious conflict.
Just last month, the Play for Peace Global Games took place, offering our clubs a unique way to work together to serve our community and the planet, create peace, and celebrate our year. Here's what happened.