The seeds of peace are found in young people who are taught to get past the problems of their ancestors through development of understanding, compromise and tolerance for others; skills that their predecessors might not have had. The Seeds of Peace organization show kids how to compromise and to negotiate.
Peacemaking and reconciliation are tools of the future leaders of the world. The children of Peace will step out into this brave new world of theirs having a clear view of what they can do to help. This attitude of help and not harm will bring real change to many areas of the world.
Seeds of Peace are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing a lasting peace to areas of conflict around the world. It brings together kids of opposing groups to meet, learn and understand each other. Seeds of Peace do not hold to a single view of what works in accomplishing their mission. Seeds of Peace do not try to tell anyone how to live; rather they encourage learning to live harmoniously.
Talk and understanding are some of the tools that they teach and use to show all that peace can be the better option. Kids are shown that there is a human face to an enemy and helps to bridge the gap.
The International Camp in Maine has played host to children of twenty two war torn areas. For three weeks kids are shown that they have more in common than once they were taught. Many have lived in a climate of fear and violence for so long that the concept of peace is foreign and a little frightening as well. The camp shows them the other children have lived in the same fear and misunderstanding and provides a common experience.
John Wallach, an award-winning author and journalist brought together people of like mind for this project. He considered fear, mistrust, and prejudice to be the root cause of conflict and understood that bringing trust, understanding and peace would help to start a culture of tolerance.
In 1993, at the Oslo Peace Accords, the first group of seeds witnessed the efforts of President Clinton, Yitzak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat to lower tension and promote peace in the Middle East. In the next three years, six more countries joined in the effort.
By 1998 the graduates of the program had risen to over two hundred. They were hosted in Switzerland, Turkey, and the Balkans, to name a few. In 2002, John Wallach passed away, but he got to see the 10th year of his project and his dream of sowing Seeds worldwide.