Support young leaders to create more laughter, peace and liberation.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Rutschman has been part of Play for Peace since our beginning, over 25 years ago. He has a positive impact on the lives of countless young people in Chicago and around the world.
How can you #praticepeace in your life? When you find yourself disappointed in someone you deeply care about, it's essential to approach the situation with understanding and compassion.
"Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day" marks the day on which people are encouraged to donate their day's wages to a charitable organization or cause of their choice.