Kids4Peace Jerusalem was honored to have spent an evening with Shaun Casey, Special Advisor to John Kerry on Faith-Based Community Initiatives. After Rebecca and Mohammad had the opportunity to meet with Shaun last year at a RoundTable discussion hosted by the US Consulate, it was clear that a follow-up would have to take place. Rachel Leslie, the Cultural Affairs Office at the US Consul General in Jerusalem and supporter/friend of Kids4Peace Jerusalem, facilitated this private meeting with Shaun.
Toot and Louis, two Kids4Peace counselors in 11th and 12th grade told their stories to Shaun and shared their hopes for the future of Israel and Palestine. Inspired by their passion and honesty, Shaun turned to us, the staff of Kids4Peace Jerusalem and asked “How can the US government help support your work?”
It’s not everyday that a top US State Department official can take two and a half hours to brainstorm with Kids4Peace youth and staff on how to do our work better. We feel so inspired by his dedication to our cause and look forward to more and more collaboration as Kids4Peace continues to work toward ending the conflict and inspiring hope for peace in Jerusalem.