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Understanding Autism: Lessons from a Parent and Director

Today, on Autism Awareness Day, I share a piece of my heart and journey with you. As a parent of an autistic child and the director of Play for Peace, I've learned invaluable lessons about love, patience, and understanding beyond words. From realizing the depth of non-verbal communication to embracing the beauty of stimming and appreciating the grace in processing time, my journey has been one of profound growth and connection. 

A day in Boston

All day I tried to keep up with Alice. It is not easy, Alice walks very fast and is present in many places at once and with every person. She is very attentive. She asks everyone "How are you?" but these are not empty words. She looks deep into their eyes and they answer with the truth, a truth that is not always easy. She is a Lead Teacher for  Social Emotional Learning in Cambridge. Primarily, she works with children with trauma and mental health problems. When she started, she was alone with 7,000 children. 

Abel Erim Aldana: Transforming Violence to Peaceful Advocacy with Play for Peace.

In all these years of Play for Peace in Guatemala, we have shared with many organizations, communities, and people who know that this works to achieve changes for peace and a more just world. Abel Erim Aldana has been part of this community since 2008 implementing our work model in his community, Abel is a leader in favor of violence prevention at heart, he lives in one of the most difficult areas of the capital Guatemala.

"Echoes of Tranquility: Mantras for a Peaceful Mind."

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding moments of peace and love can sometimes feel like a distant dream. From juggling work deadlines to managing household responsibilities, the daily grind often leaves little room for inner tranquility. Yet, amidst the chaos, there exists a timeless practice that holds the promise of serenity: mantras.

Empowering Youth Through Cooperative Play and Emotional Learning: A Collaborative Initiative

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Play for Peace joins forces with Colorado Mountain Club in a project to enrich students' social and emotional learning (SEL). This partnership marks a pivotal effort to integrate SEL more deeply into outdoor educational settings, recognizing its vital role in student development.

Supporters Honored In January as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration of community!

Since the start of it’s 25th year last September, Play for Peace has been showcasing on our social media the remarkable stories of our foremost supporters, dedicated volunteers, and valued partners who have played pivotal roles in shaping our journey over the past 25 years.

Campaign Update: Celebration Time!

We're thrilled to share the incredible news with our Play for Peace community! Sixty amazing donors have come together, contributing over $50,000 to our Appreciation Campaign in the past few months!

Gratitude Alert for Swati Bhatt for bringing a wave of inspiration.

A heartfelt thank you to Swati for bringing a wave of inspiration to Jawana state, Uttarakhand! Your efforts are truly commendable, and we can't thank you enough for sharing this incredible initiative with us.

Play for Peace Partnership with Donate Stock!

Exciting News! Play for Peace is thrilled to announce our partnership with Donate Stock! Now, donating stock to support our cause is faster, safer, and absolutely free for you! Make a lasting impact while saving on taxes! Visit today.

As we bid farewell to 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, we can't help but reflect on the incredible journey we've shared with our amazing Play for Peace community! This year has been nothing short of extra ordinary, and none of it would have been possible without the unwavering support of our beloved community members, mentors, trainers, donors, followers and every single individual who has been a part of our Play for Peace family. 

The First Roundtable Adventure In Colorado

Written by Joanne,

I knew I was where I wanted to be. There wasn’t a minute during the first  gathering of Play for Peace Roundtable in Thornton, Colorado, October 13-15, 2023, when I wanted to someplace else.

Empower Your Students with Peace: 10 Activities for Stronger Communities

Embrace the Pursuit of Peace with Play for Peace's 'Practice Peace Event.' Discover ten daily community-building activities to strengthen connections, foster empathy, and promote unity. Join us on this transformative journey towards a more harmonious and inclusive world, one small step at a time

Play For Peace Warsaw: Building Bonds and Making a Difference

Last Tuesday, on the 10th of October, a group of 11 young people from Poland and Ukraine, aged 15-16, came together to embark on an exciting journey as a part of the club, Play For Peace Warsaw. The day marked their first meeting, and it was filled with fun icebreaker games, introductions, and a deep dive into the world of Play For Peace.

Celebrating Excellence: A Triumphant 25 out of 25 Victory!

We are overjoyed to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the exceptional individuals who have been instrumental in making Play for Peace a beacon of positivity and transformation for an incredible 25 years

Save the Planet Activity

In the heart of Senegal, our mentor, El Hadj, has shared with us the inspiring journey of Thiaroye Gare Villages and Sustainable Communities. We've discovered the power of unity in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. By uplifting women in our neighborhoods, we combat poverty and inequality.

Uniting for a Greater Purpose: The Play for Peace Roundtable

Denver, Colorado, recently witnessed a special in-person gathering that brought Play for Peace's most dedicated supporters together to tackle an exciting challenge. This passionate group, known as the Play for Peace Roundtable, accepted the mission to utilize their wisdom and valor in raising awareness and resources for Play for Peace.

Healing Play Session

It's wonderful to hear about the efforts and dedication of Our Mentor, Obed NIJIMBERE, who shared with us a healing play story from Burundi recently. Since Play for Peace dedicated a location for Practice Peace and other session in Burundi, the associations asked facilitators to conduct a Healing Play session on September 29, 2023

Promoting Positive Change

It's wonderful to hear about the efforts and dedication of Mentor Mohammed Javeed in addressing the concerning behavior among the 9th-grade students in Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, India.

Celebrating International Translation Day!

Today, we celebrate the tireless efforts of translators, the unsung heroes who build bridges between languages, cultures, and hearts. You are the magic weavers of words, shaping stories, ideas, and dreams to allow access to communication that unites us all!

Wonderful work by Swati and Agyat Work

It's wonderful to hear about the meaningful work that Swati and Agyat are doing with Play For Peace with Afghan people. Your dedication to promoting peace, social-emotional well-being, and life skills development for children in IDP camps is truly commendable.