Voices of Peace: Leading With Hope in South Sudan

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.

#OurCommunities: 3D White Feathers, Sri Lanka

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. 

#OurStories: Sahil Balmiki

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.

#OurCommunities: Jagran Club—Work, Not Words!

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.

#OurStories: Play For Peace in Mexico: Working for Inclusion

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.

Building Bridges Between Religions: Play for Peace Interfaith Work in Israel

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.

Peace Is Possible: Sri Lanka

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.

Why Earth Week? Because Water is Life

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.

#OurCommunities: Lean Bodies in Costa Mesa, California, Makes Waves with Surf Prom charity event

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 Feast for Peace was SO Much Fun!

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: #OurCommunities: Certified Trainers to Conduct Training in Kashmir

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…

#OurCommunities: The Power of Play in the Aftermath of War: Rayan Salam

“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 

#OurCommunities: Welcome Youth Facilitator, Tweety Manayan!

“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…

Celebrating International Women's Day - March 8

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…

2018 Feast for Peace Storyteller and Percussionist is Michael J. Taylor

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…

2018 Feast for Peace Emcee is Harold Payne

Play for Peace is excited to introduce the emcee for the 2018 Feast for Peace, Mr. Harold Payne - an improv singer/songwriter. Sponsored by Play for Peace friend and support John Dillon, Harold will bring his talent and charisma to those attending…

February 20 is World Day of Social Justice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”- Martin Luther King Jr. Around 1.5 billion people live in countries experiencing situations of fragility and armed violence, and another 200 million people are affected by the slow or…

2018 Feast For Peace Keynote Speaker is Certified Trainer Rita Nguyen

If you're attending the 2018 Feast For Peace, you'll be delighted to know that Certified Trainer and Founder of the A New Day Social Work Group in Vietnam, Rita Nguyen, will serve as the keynote speaker. Her story is one of utmost compassion and…

Voices for Peace: Isabel Jolón

When she joined Play for Peace Palencia four years ago, Isabel Jolón was afraid to speak in front of groups. Now, she's facilitating and leading activities for the club and making a positive change in her community. Today's #WhyWePlay message is…

#WhyWePlay: Play for Peace Senegal

Play for Peace Senegal continues to change the lives of and inspire children each day. And mentor El Hadj Beye is committed to the children and the work that needs to be done in the community.