Our Proven Impact

We have found that participation in Play for Peace positively influences personal development, interpersonal relationships and community cultural norms even in the most challenging areas of the world to work. While every community is different we find that there are 3 main outcomes we achieve including creating and supporting; more compassionate citizens, relationships across divides and thriving communities.

We learned about the impact of Play for Peace because opportunities for feedback are embedded in the work that we do. We also continuously strive to improve our peace-building practices through on-going evaluation and research that is collaborative, multi-country evaluation, that will work to strengthen the impact of Play for Peace programs, to in the long-run achieve societal transformation. The following data is from our 2018 annual survey.

Our Youth

of Play for Peace youth leaders surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of joy.

of Play for Peace youth leaders surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of hope.

93% of Play for Peace youth leaders surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps their communities to be safer.

92% of Play for Peace youth leaders feel that Play for Peace helps them feel they are more compassionate since joining Play for Peace.

85% of Play for Peace youth leaders report having made more friends from different backgrounds since joining Play for Peace.

A a Youth with Hope & Dedication

Tweety joined the Play for Peace in high school. As an active volunteer, she met other teens who shared the same quest to make meaningful contributions to the community. In the Philippines, communities are divided into sitios, which are most commonly related to rural areas in the U.S., and the elders have clashes with other sitios. Tweety finds that acting as one community is quite complex, and that youth tend to separate themselves and connect less with others. Youth who have no healthy outlet to address these life challenges are often stricken with anxiety and depression, and those who lack a strong support system have thoughts of uselessness, hopelessness, and suicide. This is where a family—like Play for Peace—comes in, united youth across divides and providing joy and hope.

"Play for Peace is a family of inspiring people who see a better place through engaging in experiential learning that promotes peace through games."

Our Mentors

of Play for Peace local mentors surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of joy.

of Play for Peace local mentors surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of hope.

of Play for Peace local mentors surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more compassionate since joining Play for Peace.

A Mentor with a Passion for Peace

Aninilavan (Ani), a young Tamil from Mullaitivu , Sri Lanka, was ten years old when the civil war finally ended in 2009. This war left the population traumatized and the country’s economy deeply affected. Ani has seen more death and destruction than any young boy should have to witness in a lifetime. Instead of resentment, Ani chose to become a peace builder in Sri Lanka and a mentor to a Play for Peace Club in his community. The group called “Breeze for Peace” are now organizing practice peace sessions in their community and in schools.

"It’s the youth that can change everything in the future. I see a good future for Sri Lanka. My dream is to be a peacebuilder, but before that I need to be a good Sri Lankan, without any ethnic or racist thoughts. I think peace is possible."

Our Community Members

of Play for Peace community members surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of joy.

of Play for Peace community members surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of hope.

of Play for Peace community members surveyed feel that Play for Peace youth leaders are productive members of their communities since joining Play for Peace.

A a Community in Healing

Like neighboring Rwanda, Burundi has faced ethnic violence and massacres since gaining independence in 1962. New Play for Peace partner organization, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS), organized Play for Peace training workshops in reaching over 600 students. They work is carve a new path to peace by providing resources for trauma healing and reconciliation in Burundi and the African Great Lakes Region and are using Play for Peace to do it.

"We are planning to use these games in our community meetings as well as in the schools."

Annual Reports & Research Papers

In order to ensure transparency for our donors and supporters an Annual Report is published every year. Also, over the years we have partnered with experts in the field of evaluation and organizations to publish the findings of our work in academic journals and books.