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Compassion in Times of Chaos

Dear Play for Peace Community,

Across the globe, this last week has seen a spike in fear and uncertainty amid the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, so many of the children, youth, and adults we work with experience fear and trauma on a daily basis—so Play for Peace remains committed to continuing our important work. Our team works virtually, so our support to the Play for Peace community will continue uninterrupted during this difficult time.

Specifically we will be:

  • Sharing fact-based, preventative recommendations to minimize risk of the virus. We want to support our volunteers, participants, and Play for Peace communities by spreading information, not fear.

  • Creating hand-washing and hygiene activities that our volunteers can use with children in their communities. Our aim is to prevent the spread of the virus while promoting healthy behaviors now and in the future.

  • Sharing positive news of compassion and kindness as to bring hope to our community and relieve stress. It is important to manage stress, as it has been shown to lower your immunity to illness. 

To our Play for Peace volunteers around the world, we ask that you follow current recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette, and social distancing. Trusted sources of information include Unicef and WHO. We also ask that you follow national and local advisories around events and gatherings, canceling Practice Peace Sessions as needed. 

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the COVID-19 across the globe. We hope that everyone in our community and beyond stays healthy and safe during this rapidly-evolving health crisis. Now, more than ever, we need to promote compassion, connection, and community. 

As always, thank you for the extraordinary things you do every day,

Sarah Gough, Executive Director