USAID awards $100,000 to Kids4Peace Jerusalem to promote people-to-people reconciliation activities
[Jerusalem, November 2015]
USAID announced a new grant for Kids4Peace for its “Peace Builders Forum” project which connects Palestinian and Israeli youth through common activities and training opportunities. This grant supports the existing youth participating in these projects and motivates others to join and promote peaceful coexistence in Jerusalem.
USAID is investing in Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants. These grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and promote peaceful coexistence. The CMM Program is part of a worldwide effort to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflicts in people to people reconciliation activities. These activities provide opportunities to address issues, reconcile differences, and promote greater understanding and mutual trust by working on common goals .
The “Peace Builders Forum” project supports conflict mitigation through youth empowerment and community development in Jerusalem.
Kids4Peace’s Peace Builders Forum will influence hundreds of thousands of people around the world through the inspiring work of 120 school students from Israeli and Palestinian communities throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank. Kids4Peace believes that through this example of Israeli and Palestinian youth working together producing inspiring content; others will support, encourage, and engage in people-to-people reconciliation initiatives.
“I am here because I believe that peace will never happen unless people face the conflict and express their most personal opinion,” Lour, age 14
The Peace Builders Forum aims to:
-Connect Palestinian and Israeli youth via common projects in media, tourism, and community outreach.
-Train youth to effectively communicate multiple narratives about life in Jerusalem.
-Share the voice of youth in the public sphere and inspire others to join a reconciliation activities. Inspire hope that peace is possible.
“We need to get the people in charge to hear us. We have to get them to care about what we are doing and know that there is another way. I mean look at us, we are doing it.” -David, age 15
Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Its mission is to build interfaith communities that embody a culture of peace and empower a movement for change. Currently, Kids4Peace serves more than 500 families in Jerusalem through a series of international camps and year-round dialogue and action programs.