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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
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.