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FROM CONFLICT TO COMPASSION

We develop compassionate leaders in areas of conflict and connect people and communities to build lasting peace.

FROM CONFLICT TO COMPASSION

Play for Peace develops compassionate leaders in areas of conflict who connect people and communities to build lasting peace.

Right now 500 million people live in countries in conflict, and 1 in 6 children live in war zones.

Community-wide 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.

And Play for Peace is doing just that, we are a thriving global learning community working to create peace in communities in conflict by training and supporting generations of active peace builders at the local level.

Local Leaders are the Answer

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 service projects that benefit entire neighborhoods.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can positively impact thousands of children and teens, all of who dream of a life without fear of violence and discrimination. Will you join us?

Inspired to emulate Dr. Smith's dedication to peace and play?

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Our Locations

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.

Compassion + Connection + Community

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Blog Latest Posts

  • Sep 26, 2022

    "One of the indicators of the magic of the day was the joy and connection that participants left with and the choice they all made to spend the evening together rather than..."
     

  • Sep 14, 2022

    These are just some life stories of people who, in their youth, believed in the importance of PFP for their formation as leaders of peace. They now inspire other people to form new leadership for a better world, there are many people who are not in these stories but we know who they are and what they’ve done. Well, they may not have had access to much study or college education but they are leaders in their homes and pass those values on to their children and others in the community and that's the success of Play for Peace that we wanted to see 25 years ago.

  • Sep 8, 2022

    "Thus, I started my journey with PFP and went back to the joy that I experienced through play in my childhood.  After the two days, I felt a deep resonance to the purpose of offering that joy to anyone and /or everyone who was present at the various schools I visited..."