In March 1993, Mr. Wallach created Seeds of Peace to provide the children of war torn countries an alternative to violence, by teaching them to see the 'human face' of their enemies. Since its founding, the program has been widely featured in the press including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Saudi Gazette and on all the major television networks.
Seeds of Peace reverses the legacy of hatred by nurturing lasting friendships that become the basis for mutual understanding and respect. The children, in turn, take this outlook back to their communities at home. Initially the program focused on outstanding Arab and Israeli teenagers from ten nations in the Middle East, including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar and Morocco. With its proven impact and success in that region and with its international recognition as an effective model for resolving conflict worldwide, the program was expanded to include other regions of conflict. These include the Greek Cypriot/Turkish Cypriot program, the Balkans program, and the fledgling India-Pakistan program, which began last year. This year, Seeds of Peace will welcome its first-ever Afghani delegation. Over the years, the number of participants in the summer camps have grown from 50 to 450 including a US delegation.
The Seeds are between the ages of 13-16, and are chosen by their governments and school systems based on their leadership and academic performances, rather than for their social or economic backgrounds. Seeds of Peace bears the entire cost of attending the summer camp.
For further information about Seeds of Peace, go to www.seedsofpeace.org