CARLSBAD — Can one child really make a difference? The world has been riveted by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani hero who spoke out for the rights of girls’ education and then was shot by the Taliban.Changing the world with youngsters leading the way is exactly what Kids for Peace is all about. At 9 a.m. Oct. 22, the Kids for Peace chapter at Jefferson Elementary School hosted an assembly to learn about Pakistan, as they welcome special guest Rubina Bhatti, a peacemaker who knows Malala’s family. Students honored Malala by creating a giant heart, photographed and sent to Malala and her peers.
“Peace Packs,” painted knapsacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, toys and a note of friendship were made and sealed with a wish for the child who will receive it. To date, Kids for Peace has sent more than 5,000 “Peace Packs” to 38 countries spanning six continents.
“Children are innately curious and kind. When given a chance, kids choose a positive path and love to reach out to others. We are delighted that our kids have the opportunity to learn about youth around the world and share these gifts of friendship. The “Peace Pack Project” is a wonderful vehicle for children worldwide to both give and receive,” said Jill McManigal, Kids for Peace co-founder.
Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit dedicated to uplifting our world through love and action. Its mission is to cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects. Once a small Carlsbad neighborhood group, Kids for Peace has now launched 145 chapters worldwide. Each chapter, made up of boys and girls of all ages, meets regularly to fulfill our peaceful mission. For more information, visit kidsforpeaceglobal.org.