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TWO NEW GROUPS JOIN US
Children of Peace is proud to announce that two new organisations have affiliated
to our Coalition of Peace - now the single, largest peace network across the Middle
We welcome the inspirational Budo for Peace founded in 2004 by Danny Hakim.
And also a new affiliate is Creativity for Peace, founded in 2003 - a remarkable
organisation that aims to empower girls and works to build friendship and understanding.
Budo for Peace (picture top of page, left)
Budo for Peace (BFP) is a Middle East based non-profit organization established in
2004 by Australian Martial Arts Master Danny Hakim.
The mission of BFP is to:
Promote inclusiveness and instil core values in youth.
Teach a code of conduct based on ethical behaviour promoting tolerance, mutual respect
and civic responsibility.
Develop leadership skills for youth to become role models in their communities.
BFP's three main areas of activity are:
Coexistence: Creating opportunities between ethnic minorities and the general population
to interact in joint training sessions, educational seminars and social activities
using sport as a catalyst.
Youth at risk: Enabling troubled youth from low socio-economic backgrounds across
diverse ethnic origins to participate in martial arts, maximize their potential and
turn negatives energies in to positive leadership.
Woman's empowerment: Introducing the empowering elements of gender equality inherent
in traditional martial arts training to woman and girls, enabling them to claim their
rightful position within their respective communities.
BFP successfully created an educational programme developed by pedagogical educators
and martial arts instructors. The curriculum integrates education with martial arts
and its inherent code- of -conduct, and provides children from diverse backgrounds
with opportunities to interact and bond.
In 2013, BFP had an external evaluation of its programme and its instructors. The
result taken over 6 groups of 20 student members showed that 80% of the students
saw their instructor as a positive role model for life.
BFP has four dedicated clubs and 16 affiliated clubs throughout Israel, East Jerusalem,
Jordan and Turkey. The youth from these clubs are from different ethnic communities
such as Bedouin, Jewish, Ethiopian migrants, Druze, Arab Christian and Muslim.
BFP conducts youth leadership programs throughout the year.
Since 2007, BFP has been sending its best youth leaders to participate in the Peace
Camp Initiative a three week sports summer camp in the US www.peacecampinitiative.com.
Danny Hakim tells us "Children of Peace is a natural partner for BFP as we have common
goals. BFP can build connections through sport and martial art channels that already
exist in the region. BFP plans to make the Middle East Peace Run an annual event,
working together with partners such as Children of Peace."
Frances Salles, Director of Operations at Creativity for Peace tells us about their
"Since its founding in 2003, Creativity for Peace has held 15 summer camps for over
200 Israeli and Palestinian girls. In New Mexico, a safe space away from the conflict,
dialogue facilitated by women peacemakers from the region and art therapists, gives
the girls an opportunity to meet their enemies, shares their stories, hopes, and
fears, and create friendships that will endure the rigours of occupation and conflict.
A year round support programme assists girls to maintain their cross border friendships
when they go home.
The Young Leader programme, established in 2006, provides ongoing training for our
most committed participants. These young women have spoken at the UN, to Congress
and to international governments. They run school dialogues, work with children,
and organise youth volunteers. 2014 saw the launch of ACT! Action for Conflict Transformation,
taking dialogue into social action.
Our Transforming Conflict work in US high schools educates American youth about the
situation in Israel and Palestine, creates and international peer-community for our
Young Leaders, and teaches basic principles of non-violence.
As we look ahead we seek to take our message of hope to more Israeli and Palestinian
youth, through Young Leader led peace-oriented actions using dialogue, art, and social
media. We are excited to partner with Children of Peace, knowing that together our
voices are stronger. We believe all children deserve to grow up free from fear and
the traumatic effects of war, and we honour the power of girls and Young Women to
transform their societies."
President and Founder of Children of Peace, Richard Martin says:
" We are privileged to welcome these two extraordinary organisations to the Children
of Peace family. Our peace network gives us all courage, support and strength to
meet the daily challenges that face us. We all work in a difficult terrain and together
we can work to protect children, empower girls and women and build connections between
former enemies to open up dialogue, contact and greater understanding".