RAMALLAH | Parents of Palestinian Seeds have been meeting monthly in Ramallah as part of a dialogue series that parallels the dialogue program held at the Seeds of Peace Camp. Eleven Seed parents met with Seed and dialogue facilitator Bashar on January 13, who spoke with the group about his experience with Seeds of Peace and life as a Palestinian living in Israel. On February 10, eleven parents and Seeds of Peace Educators met in Ramallah to debrief the program … FULL STORY
JERUSALEM | Thirty-five Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli Seeds of Peace Educators and their spouses spent January 29 in the southern West Bank visiting with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists at a center that engages Israelis and Palestinians in dialogue and at the Israeli settlement of Tekoa. “We met people who do not lose their humanity, who emphatically say ‘no’ to violence,” said one of the Seeds of Peace Educators. “It was exciting. There is no doubt that the visit created new … FULL STORY
JERUSALEM | Fifty-three children took part in a seven-day Bara’em El Salam (“Sprouts of Peace”) Winter Solidarity Camp in Gaza City that taught active learning, critical thinking, creativity, and social awareness. The program was run by the Shijaeya Community Project and organized by Seeds of Peace staff and ten volunteers. The January camp took advantage of the winter school break to introduce new children and families to the Project and included a day with the Qattan Centre for the Child, … FULL STORY
PORTLAND, MAINE | Seeds of Peace has continued it’s It Starts with ME storytelling project with the Maine College of Art. Fifteen Maine Seeds have spent the last few months creating sound slides that pair photos with audio recordings at the College and the Portland Public Library. Joel Tsui, a student at the Maine College of Art, taught the Seeds photography and audio recording and editing skills in order to capture and share their complex identities on topics such as … FULL STORY
LAHORE | Twenty-five Seeds, Educators, and friends visited the India-Pakistan border on January 24 and toured the historic city of Sialkot. The Seeds met with border rangers and engaged in a dialogue about the tense situation on the border. In Sialkot, the Seeds visited pre-Partition Hindu residences, the home of national poet Allama Iqbal, Lady Anderson High School and Murray College, as well as a Sikh temple. “Coming to this Sikh temple gave me another perspective how diverse this region … FULL STORY
NICOSIA, CYPRUS | Forty-two Seeds from the Middle East, the United States, and the United Kingdom took part in an intensive four-day training in Cyprus on negotiation and mediation led by students and faculty from Harvard Law School. The program was held in Nicosia from January 14-17. During the training, Seeds examined real life negotiation and mediation case studies and learned about theories behind effective strategies to settling disputes. “I also learned how to show people that I’m listening to … FULL STORY
NEW YORK | Eighteen American and Maine Seeds took part in a weekend workshop on mediation and facilitation on January 9th and 10th in New York. The goal of training is to provide Seeds with the skills to run dialogue sessions or create facilitated spaces in their schools and communities. Moroccan Seed Alia Lahlou led the training and two Maine Seeds shared their experiences running dialogue initiatives in their high school and college. “One of Maine Seeds brought up the … FULL STORY
KABUL | Afghan Seeds who were awarded a $250 grant by Seeds of Peace at the 2015 Afghan Leadership Camp used it to organize and execute a clean up at a local orphanage on December 27. Over 40 volunteers joined the Seeds, who purchased and distributed cleaning supplies, and then joined in the clean up. The Tahea Maskan Orphanage director thanked the volunteers for their work, and the Seeds committed to further volunteer work at the orphanage.