The 36-year-long civil war left many Guatemalan communities deeply scarred. Despite this, for 18 years Play for Peace Guatemala has empowered youth leaders to create thriving communities that invite everyone to work together toward peace. Here are a few stories from volunteers who've used the power of play to create laughter, compassion, and peace for children and youth in Guatemala.
When Play for Peace Trainer Rita Nguyen visited our club in Kathmandu, Nepal, she met passionate, energetic youth leaders working hard to create a thriving community. Find out more about her experience and the dedicated members of the GPYC.
As the Play for Peace Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator, Archana Magar uses her skills and persistence to build and strengthen her community. As an experiential educator, she has been working with Play for Peace for the past ten years.
It’s always an eye-opening experience to visit with our clubs in the field. Last month, Play for Peace development officer Katrin Hünemörder spent some time with our club in Costa Rica, in the community of La Carpio—the biggest slum in Costa Rica.
When Guatemala's Volcano Fuego erupted on June 3, hundreds of people were killed instantly and thousands of homes were demolished. Play for Peace youth leaders were among the first to lend a hand, working in shelters and providing emotional support to victims. In order to continue this work, Play for Peace Guatemala needs your support. Learn more and donate now to support victims affected by this devastating eruption.
Play for Peace Sudan cofounder Riya Yuyuda presented at the first-ever TEDx event at a refugee camp in Kenya, speaking about her experience as a refugee who fled violence and war.
The Dipi Dipi Dappe (3D) White Feathers club was founded on the notion that play and creating a neutral environment is essential to spreading peace in displaced communities in Sri Lanka. Find out how the group came to be and the important work it has done with communities affected by disaster, youth who've experienced trauma, and children with disabilities.
The Jagran Club in India recently received Play for Peace certified trainers Swati and Agyat, who closely worked with Sahil Balmiki and taught him how to conduct play sessions and how to interact with younger children through these activities.
The Jagran Club brings hope to children in its community. This hope is not an outcome of just words, but of very devoted and unconditional work. Jagran operates under its motto, “Work, Not Words” and continues to change the lives of children throughout India.
Francisco Hueyatl León is a facilitator with Play for Peace Mexico City. An artist and educator, he graciously agreed to sit down with us to talk about the work he is doing with his community in Mexico City. Read on for the interview.
Amid ongoing violence and conflict between Israel and Palestine, Play for Peace mentor Sa'eed Diabat is working toward peace. Organizing a special two-day interfaith training among Muslim, Christian, and Druze leaders, his group worked to ignite cooperation and create friendship despite their differences.
When the civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009, ten-year-old Ani not only lost his father but he also saw more death and destruction than any child ever should. Instead of feeling resentment, Ani became a peace builder in his community, and today trains with Play for Peace to create friendships across divides.
In partnership with Compassion Games, Play for Peace has organized activities for Earth Week—a nine-day global challenge from April 14-22—to inspire acts of love, service, and compassion toward Mother Earth.
While traveling in India, Elisa Huang had the opportunity to work with Play for Peace as a physical activity trainer. In 2017, Elisa traveled to South Africa, where she volunteered with Surfshack Outreach. She quickly saw several similarities between the two.
The 2018 Feast for Peace was a wonderful night filled with compassion, great food, lots of games, and incredible inspiration. Check out some of the highlights here! For those who were able to join us, THANK YOU for your support.
UPDATE: Swati and Agyat reached Kashmir where they intended to work with the people who run Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). The project was implemented by Action Aid, which has two partners and the desire to run 100 CFS. The plan was to have two…
“One of the most beautiful aspects, I think, is that it makes them feel at peace. They forget about their current troubles, what they have been through and about war. For a bit they just play." —Rayan Salam
“PFP is a family of inspiring people who see a better place through engaging in experiential learning that promotes peace through games." - Tweety Manayan, Youth Facilitator, PFP Cebu Tweety Manayan joined the Play for Peace Cebu club when she was…
Today is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to create awareness for the inequality that still exists between men and women. On a global scale, women still earn less money for the same jobs, are less likely to be politically involved, and are…
Michael J. Taylor, more commonly known as Taylor, will be performing his unique blend of storytelling and percussion at Feast for Peace this year. His toolkit consists of a background in theater, a natural talent for music, and a love of African…