While Nepal is small in size, it is very diverse in its culture, with a population that is multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious. However, with its cultural diversity exists conflict—some communities are quite poor and many groups, including women, have experienced inequality and discrimination. In the absence of empathy and cooperation suffering has grown, relations have deteriorated, and conflict has led to fear, insecurity, and stress.
Play for Peace began working in Nepal in 2009 and is currently active in three different communities, all of which struggle with poverty, violence, and inequality, Their work is focused on processes of non-violent communication, non-aggressive interactions, and cooperation. Play for Peace Youth facilitators work to build relationships with the children they meet during play sessions, most of who return regularly to participate, learning to make friends and cooperate in a group.
Several children who began as participants are now youth facilitators who bring change and peace to their communities and schools. Play for Peace is continuing to help young people stay away from conflict and instead participate in meaningful, worthwhile activities. As a result, many have found the self confidence and courage to stand up against violence and become positive and respected leaders in their communities.
"Through my organization GPYC, I was exposed to Play for Peace. In the beginning, I could not connect with it. I couldn’t understand the purpose of these games. But then I observed the difference in the students—how they cooperated with each other and were eager to play together. I started facilitating these games and it made me realize how they help people to open up, connect with other group members, take initiative, and realize important aspects of life. I really appreciate Play for Peace activities and always want to do it wholeheartedly."
Play for Peace Mentor,
Udaudo Peace Club
Udaudo Peace Club
Nepal Friendship Society Club
Chitwan, Province No. 3
Chapali Chowk Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu
Back in April, the Himalaya Club was formed in Nepal, bringing peace through cooperative play to new communities in the area. For one youth leader, Saugat Singh Saud, being a part of Play for Peace has been a life-changing experience.
This past April, Play for Peace clubs around the world celebrated Earth Week by taking part in the 2019 Play for Peace Global Games. Working with more than 700 children over the course of the week, our clubs explored what it means to be a leader when you feel connected to the earth.
This April, thanks to trainer and regional coordinator Archana Magar, aspiring peace builders in Nepal will have the chance to learn about Play for Peace and the skills needed to bring peace through the power of play.