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LAUNCHING THE US FRIENDS
OF CHILDREN OF PEACE

2015 is a key year for Children of Peace as we launch the US Friends of Children of Peace.

Headed up by Chairman Dr. Ofer Levy, of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, this important initiative will eventually enhance our reputation and build our work across North America.

It will be the central focus point for fundraising, events and media relations to assist in our work for the children.

In this article Dr. Levy outlines his vision for the US Friends.


Dr. Levy says:

"I am pleased to announce the launch of the United States Friends of Children of Peace in Boston in early 2015. Working in coordination with the parent organization, Children of Peace UK, our US-based chapter will play an important role in building US-wide links and developing interfaith dialogue. As a dual citizen of the United States and Israel with family roots in the Middle East, I know the beauty and rich cultural traditions of the region and am also acutely aware of the painful conflict that continues. As a pediatrician, I am particularly concerned with finding ways to mitigate the negative impact of the conflict on all the children in the region.

The US Friends of Children of Peace will play an important role in building nationwide links, in developing interfaith understanding and in fundraising for the charity, with specific project targets in mind.

Our central aim is to establish a bridge between the UK parent and affiliates in US, Israel, Palestine and the MidEast. We view this as a forum for change, an outpost of dialogue between local secular and faith based communities in Boston, a meeting of minds wishing to break the deadlock.

US Friends of Children of Peace will be an awareness and fundraising group with set roles, a Constitution, values and goals to be determined by the group itself with loyalty to the parent organization. The group will collectively decide on proposed peace projects. For example, The Friends might want to raise funds for a healthcare project in Year One and over five years provide funds towards a planned Children of Peace Center in Jerusalem - a neutral space for Palestinians and Israelis to study, play, work, converse and debate together in a neutral setting.

We anticipate a kick-off event for US Friends of Children of Peace in early (Jan or Feb) 2015 in the Boston area featuring Children of Peace Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Jabari and Youth Ambassador Orly Levy.

We welcome the support of American well-wishers to join us or to develop linked chapters or local groups. If you are based in the USA and wish to become involved, we would like to hear from you.

You can contact me via e-mail: oferlevy@childrenofpeace.org.uk if you wish to find out more. I look forward to hearing from you.

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