Nikuradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship Recipient
Discouraged by the seemingly unending cycle of violence in the Middle East, Seeds of Peace was founded with a goal of empowering youth from conflict-torn regions with tools needed for achieving a more peaceful coexistence. Seeds of Peace welcomed 46 Palestinian, Israeli and Egyptian teenagers to its summer camp in Otisfield, ME for the first time in 1993. Together the campers or “Seeds” participates in camp activities such as swimming and group challenges and also in dialogue sessions. Since that first summer, the camp in Maine has touched the lives of nearly 4,000 Seeds from numerous major conflict zones worldwide.
I was able to merge my love of camp with my passion for social justice when Seeds of Peace hired me as a bunk counselor. During that time I witnessed firsthand, and helped facilitate, the transformational activities promoted by the camp.
- Date September 1, 2009
- Tags 2009, Education, Nikuradse-Matthews, Social Service, USA