Seeds of Peace is an organization that works to inspire and cultivate new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict, bringing young people together for a transformational summer camp session in Maine, USA. Each summer, hundreds of teenagers and educators engage with each other across lines of conflict—sharing meals, living spaces, and learning experiences—and in doing so, working to shift perceptions and build respect and empathy. After graduating from camp, participants (known as "seeds") build on their experiences through 145 local year-round leadership and relationship development programs.
Seeds of Peace began in 1993 by bringing together 46 Palestinians, Israelis, and Egyptians, but has since expanded to facilitate conflict resolution globally, with a network of ~6,700 alumni from throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States who are uniquely positioned to lead change in their communities.
Those of you familiar with me know that the social issue closest to my heart is a peaceful, sustainable, and just resolution to the conflict in Palestine. As a longtime student of international affairs, Middle Eastern history+politics, and negotiation+conflict resolution, I have dedicated my education to understanding the roots of this 70-year-long conflict and the means to its end.
I am running the Richmond Marathon on November 10th in honor of the ~5 million residents of Palestine who continue to live under illegal occupation, as well as the approximately 7.2 million Palestinian refugees worldwide who have been displaced since the Nakba in 1948. I hope to raise money to send a future young leader to the Seeds of Peace program, so that their generation might bring about lasting change, peace, and human rights for the people of Palestine, Israel, and all of those impacted by conflict around the world.
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