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FROM CONFLICT TO COMPASSION

Support young leaders to create more laughter, peace and compassion.


Right now 2 billion people live in countries in conflict, including 1 in 6 children.

Violent conflict prevents growth and development. However, promoting peace in areas at risk for or experiencing violent conflict is both effective and economically viable: For every $1 invested in peace building, there is a potential $16 reduction in the cost of armed conflict.

"When we consider the costs of war -- to the global economy but most of all to humanity's very soul -- peacebuilding is a bargain, and a prerequisite for development and a better future for all," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

As a grassroots, global organization, Play for Peace has been driving personal and community power-building and positive change in high-violence environments for over 25 years, supporting generations of active peace builders at the local level.

Developing Local Leaders Catalyzes Change

Play for Peace is integrated into schools, community centers, refugee camps and/or local organizations, where local youth leaders are trained to conduct "Practice Peace" cooperative play sessions for younger children and community building projects that benefit entire neighborhoods.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can positively impact thousands of children and teens, all of who dream of a life without fear of violence and discrimination. Will you join us?

Volunteer locally
or online.

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impact lives.

Bring Play for Peace
to your community.

Our Locations

Any time, day or night, Play for Peace is happening somewhere in the world. In 60+ communities around the globe—each with its own diverse characteristics, talents, and resources—our work is transforming lives, all while bringing richness and creativity to our diverse global learning community.

Click on each of the countries to learn about its unique challenges and our ongoing efforts to create peace.

Compassion + Connection + Community

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  • Jul 11, 2024

    In celebrating the Day of the African Child, we affirm the intrinsic value of every child as our shared heritage and future. This year’s theme, 'Educating the African Child is NOW,' underscores the urgent need for inclusive education that transcends barriers of background, faith, and tribe. As leaders, we must ensure every child receives a comprehensive education, fostering talent and supporting the vulnerable, to secure a sustainable future for Africa and beyond.

  • Jul 4, 2024

    The Children of Play for Peace defy conflict with resilience and joy across 20 countries, fostering connections that transcend adversity. Empowered by leaders like Vijay Kumar and Neelu Grover, our global network of Certified Trainers promotes peace through creativity and dedication. Guided by a committed Board of Directors, Play for Peace continues to empower youth and communities worldwide for 25 years.

  • Jun 26, 2024

    As Play for Peace (PFP) celebrates its 25th anniversary, we honor the extraordinary contributions of our volunteers, trainers, facilitators, and partners. Their dedication has been pivotal in fostering inclusion and building peaceful communities through cooperative play. Their inspiring stories highlight the power of play in creating a more peaceful world and exemplify the remarkable impact of Play for Peace.