At Peace Ambassadors, we recognize the innate longing in every human heart for peace. Peace can be as simple as reconciliation between two people, as profound as peace between nations, or as meaningful as peace within your own heart. We also recognize that investing in women and girls is an essential way to foster peace within communities, nations, and around the globe. We are dedicated to the principles of non-violence, forgiveness and compassion. We hope that these principles will be be integrated into childhood education around the world and we support programs that further this cause.
Our vision is to build a more peaceful world for future generations. Raising Peace Ambassadors is our theme.
"There’s a growing recognition among everyone from the World Bank to the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff...that focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. That’s why foreign aid is increasingly directed to women. The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren’t the problem; they’re the solution." -N.Y. Times Magazine*
Peace Ambassadors International works in direct partnership with Children of Peace Uganda, an NGO nonprofit based in Lira, Uganda. Children of Peace Uganda was founded by Jane Ekayu, a Ugandan trauma therapy counselor and teacher. We support Children of Peace Uganda’s programs, fundraising, and humanitarian efforts.
CHILDREN OF PEACE UGANDA is dedicated to the well-being and empowerment of former child soldiers, girls who were abducted, children born in captivity, and children orphaned in the armed conflict in Northern Uganda (1986-2006). Children of Peace Uganda's work focuses on long-term peace and is holistic in its approach, addressing the unique physical, psychological, social, and conomic challenges of children affected by war. Many of the children are girls who were abducted and given to soldiers as "wives," becoming mothers when they were as young as 14-years-old. Through counseling and education programs, these former children of war transform into children of peace, sharing a passion and commitment to truth-telling, compassion and forgiveness. They are true Peace Ambassdors!
*N.Y. Times Magazine article By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF and SHERYL WuDUNN
Published: August 17, 2009
Video on CrowdRise OpertaionGirl campaign page appears courtesy of childrenofpeaceuganda.com, including video footage from the documentary, Children of War (2009), filmed and directed by Bryan Single.