Our accomplishments since the 2014 Feast for Peace!

Register Here! Tickets for our Mardi Gras-themed charity dinner are going fast! While we will have a limited number of tickets available the night of the event for walk-ins, we are coming close to filling the room again this year! Please register…

All is fair in love and peace? A Valentine's tribute to Play for Peace couples

As someone said to me a few years ago when I explained the Play for Peace mission; "ah, you're teaching people to love one another!" Well, yes, you could say that the highest form of compassion, or peace for that matter, is love. However, we…

Profound Simplicity: Guest Blog Series

Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs and turtles, elderberries, acorns, wild strawberries, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to…

#ThankyouTuesday to the Hennessy Family!

I love...raising money for Play for Peace kids in need. All this money is going to go to a very good cause. I hope you enjoy supporting Play for Peace Kids as much as I do. The Hennessy family is a very special one. It is apparent how caring and…

Building Peace Right Now in South Sudan

This training has to be done for all the teachers in South Sudan. - South Sudanese Teacher with 35 years experience Play for Peace Trainers Swati and Agyat are in the city of Yei, South Sudan, training teachers, students and PLAN International…

#ThrowbackThursday: 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in South Africa

The world is still marked by massive inequality. In too many parts of the world warfare and violent conflict still reign...We shall have to reach deep into the wells of our human faith as we approach the new century. Nelson Mandela, Cape Town, South…

#ThankyouTuesday to Mazhar and Zafar Sheriff!

We have some really incredible photos from our fundraising events in the Chicago area and it is all because of Zafar and his brother Mazhar! (Mazhar is, of course, another Avalon Risk Management employee). Not only do they take great photos (many…

A Blog Post that Inspired Dialogue: Guest Blog Series

The stories being created by Play for Peace reminded us of this intrinsic humanity, this longing to translate the ideal of peaceful coexistence into reality. The realization that Play for Peace is generating a tangible impact, gradually uniting…

Instilling Peace in the Hearts and Minds of Filipino youth

If youth get their needs met by belonging to a Play for Peace Club, instead of from the gangs, the youth's energy will be used to contribute to the development of Cebu. Irvin Torralba was the first Play for Peace Trainer in the Philippines, and…

#ThrowbackThursday: From India to the World

Imroz Shah, our Global Operations Manager and a Master of Peace Studies student, was 17 and a Play for Peace youth facilitator at the time this photo was taken. She is standing on the far right with a long gray scarf. Jim Stuart, still Play for…

What is the "Play" in Play for Peace? Guest Blog Series

One could appreciate the complexity of the whole process, and spend time trying to analyze and synthesize what is going on; but the group moves through that complexity without getting bogged down in the analysis of the process, and finds the…

#ThankyouTuesday to Denise Chipman!

It's hard to miss Denise's welcoming smile at all of our fundraising events, but did you know that she is the Vice President of Operations at Avalon Risk Management as well as a graduated CPA? We couldn't be more honored to have her…

Feast for Peace

February is a chilly month in Chicago, but you can warm up with us on February 17th as we bring a little bit of New Orleans to you! We'll be at Maggiano's Feasting for Peace and raising money for our important cause! This Mardi Gras-themed event…

#ThrowbackThursday: 2006 in Guatemala

In 2006 the Play for Peace team in Guatemala supported by CECI, the University of San Carlos and the Centro de Voluntariado Guatemalteco won a grant from the United Nations Volunteer Program to promote local volunteerism and the Millennium…

Nonviolence is Only a Breath Away: Guest Blog Series

Breathing connects us all, we share our breath with the oceans, we breathe with the plants, we breathe with the animals, insects and microbes and we breathe with each other. Beyond the internet and cell phones, what has eternally connected us is our…

#Thankyoutuesday dedicated to Lisa!

Lisa Rooney came to us as a volunteer from United Nations Online Volunteers and lives in Ohio, USA. She has been volunteering with Play for Peace since 2014 as a grant writer. Lisa is currently helping Play for Peace with submitting Letters of…

Bringing hope: A "Peace is Possible" Story

The poverty experienced in Dakar is palpable. Many children are forced to beg on the streets. More than half of the population of Dakar lives below the poverty line (earn less than one Euro a day), and 52% are illiterate. In the past, Senegal had…

Involve me and I learn: A "Peace is Possible" Story

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin This quote has been the inspiration for Joe, a young Play for Peace Mentor, and his vibrant Play for Peace Club in the mountain district of Argao,…

Understanding Inclusion: A "Peace is Possible" Story

Promoting Peace Actions in Chicago One look at the Chicago news and it becomes obvious that being a young person in inner-city Chicago is not only difficult, but can even be dangerous. Crossing color or neighborhood lines on the way to school, at…

Teaching to learn: A "Peace is Possible" Story

Tensions melt in Israel Similar in age and profession (camp and youth center counselors), these two young men live segregated by language, religion, culture and politics. This is because they are Jewish and Arab men living in Israel. But they…