Today in Jerusalem, another generation is growing up in an uncertain and sometimes violent reality. Despite this, our community is growing and strengthening daily, and we are building a better future together.
With support from USAID, Kids4Peace welcomed 140 new families in January. They are the most diverse group of new participants ever – from every part of East and West Jerusalem and neighboring West Bank cities, especially those most prone to racism and violence. These sixth and seventh-grade youth will meet eleven times this year in the Pathways to Peace program, while their parents have parallel workshops and facilitated dialogues.
“Kids4Peace understands that our dreams are the future’s reality.” -Adan, 10th grade
They will explore their Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions and customs, share the realities of their daily lives, and work to break down the stereotypes and fears that they have of the ‘other’.
“During the first meeting with the new 6th graders, there was already a culture that formulated into one united group, bonded together, despite their differences. They felt connected as a group of young Israelis and Palestinians starting this journey together.” -Ismat, coordinator
Leading the program are Ismat Othman, Montaser Amro and Sarah Stone – and their team of 24 interfaith advisors.