Once again I am inspired and my heart is warmed by the positive initiatives that are going on in this sometimes crazy world. Kids For Peace is a group of kids from muslim, christian and jewish backgrounds who have had the opportunity to get to know each other as people. Some of them have never known anyone from the other religions before, they discover that they are kids just like them, that we are all humans before we are members of any religion.
In my research I found information that said this group began in Jerusalem in 2001, but then google informed me that it was started in California in 2006. Seems like there are two groups of the same name and I say the more the better! The clip that you will find at the end of this post is full of kids from Jerusalem and Palestine who are speaking of love and tolerance, they reckon we should look at the inside of other people, not just the outside.
It started as a summer camp in Ontario where they brought together 12 children of 11 years of age, four of each of the three faiths. It was an opportunity for them to get to know each other as they played and formed strong friendships, creating the foundations for peace. Since then many more kids have come through this program and you can see what kind of magic can happen if you let our children play together without all of the judgement and the prejudice.
I am reminded of that quote: “Out of the mouths of babes”, listen to these children and be inspired, I cried tears of joy!
Where do Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth from Israeli and Palestinian homes get together and share after-school activities, weekend events, and summer camps?
Through an organization called Kids4Peace. Listen to these kids. Their comments are not just heartwarming. They prove that ancient prejudices may be transcended by the open hearts of young people, just connecting naturally, making peace.
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