All is fair in love and peace? A Valentine's tribute to Play for Peace couples

As someone said to me a few years ago when I explained the Play for Peace mission; "ah, you're teaching people to love one another!" Well, yes, you could say that the highest form of compassion, or peace for that matter, is love. However, we…

Profound Simplicity: Guest Blog Series

Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs and turtles, elderberries, acorns, wild strawberries, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to…

#ThankyouTuesday to the Hennessy Family!

I love...raising money for Play for Peace kids in need. All this money is going to go to a very good cause. I hope you enjoy supporting Play for Peace Kids as much as I do. The Hennessy family is a very special one. It is apparent how caring and…

Building Peace Right Now in South Sudan

This training has to be done for all the teachers in South Sudan. - South Sudanese Teacher with 35 years experience Play for Peace Trainers Swati and Agyat are in the city of Yei, South Sudan, training teachers, students and PLAN International…

#ThrowbackThursday: 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in South Africa

The world is still marked by massive inequality. In too many parts of the world warfare and violent conflict still reign...We shall have to reach deep into the wells of our human faith as we approach the new century. Nelson Mandela, Cape Town, South…

#ThankyouTuesday to Mazhar and Zafar Sheriff!

We have some really incredible photos from our fundraising events in the Chicago area and it is all because of Zafar and his brother Mazhar! (Mazhar is, of course, another Avalon Risk Management employee). Not only do they take great photos (many…

A Blog Post that Inspired Dialogue: Guest Blog Series

The stories being created by Play for Peace reminded us of this intrinsic humanity, this longing to translate the ideal of peaceful coexistence into reality. The realization that Play for Peace is generating a tangible impact, gradually uniting…

Instilling Peace in the Hearts and Minds of Filipino youth

If youth get their needs met by belonging to a Play for Peace Club, instead of from the gangs, the youth's energy will be used to contribute to the development of Cebu. Irvin Torralba was the first Play for Peace Trainer in the Philippines, and…

#ThrowbackThursday: From India to the World

Imroz Shah, our Global Operations Manager and a Master of Peace Studies student, was 17 and a Play for Peace youth facilitator at the time this photo was taken. She is standing on the far right with a long gray scarf. Jim Stuart, still Play for…

What is the "Play" in Play for Peace? Guest Blog Series

One could appreciate the complexity of the whole process, and spend time trying to analyze and synthesize what is going on; but the group moves through that complexity without getting bogged down in the analysis of the process, and finds the…