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Organization: People to People International
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Postal address of organization/institution

World Headquarters, 911 Main Street, Suite 2110,
Kansas City, MO 64105 USA

E-mail address of organization/institution

ptpi@ptpi.org

Website address of organization/institution

www.ptpi.org

Telephone of organization/institution

+1.816.531.4701

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity

EDUCATION FOR PEACE
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNDERSTANDING, TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY
FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION
INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

UNDERSTANDING, TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

People to People International (PTPI) has a network of community, university and student
chapter members worldwide, who work at the grassroots level to further the PTPI mission
toward Peace through Understanding. PTPI also serves as a member of the International
Coordinating Committee for Youth Service America; collaborates with a variety of
organizations to support humanitarian efforts, including but not limited to The HALO Trust,
and The Humpty Dumpty Institute; and works toward building student chapter programs in the
Palestinian Territories with Relief International Schools Online and Partners for Sustainable
Development. This past winter, PTPI collaborated with Village Health Works to give members
a more complete experience when reading Strength in What Remains, for PTPI's Global Book
Club.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956, PTPI has promoted
international understanding and friendship for more than 50 years. A variety of cultural,
educational and humanitarian programs are in place around the world, all of which further the
PTPI mission toward Peace through Understanding. Programs are offered for all age ranges.
Examples include chapters that widen the base of People to People International, serve as
international programming and outreach centers for communities, provide humanitarian aid,
host international visitors, and participate in a myriad of activities at the local and international
levels. Worldwide Conferences and regional conferences gather our global membership to
strenghten bonds and to build a network of like-minded people.
During the decade, an emphasis has been developing programs for students. The result has
been the creation of 141 student and university chapters worldwide, in addition to our
community chapters for adults; Peace Camps, for which student travel and tuition is paid so
students of many different nationalities and backgrounds may come together safely to
understand and appreciate their differences (there have been four Peace Camps thus far, with
185 students from 51 countries); educational Global Youth Forums (started in 2002 there have
been 8 GYFs so far, averaging 200 participants, ages 13-18 per year, and representing on
average 10 countries; EXPERIENCE travel programs for students; and the School and Classroom
Program, which involves students in impactful cross-cultural projects without ever leaving their
classrooms (since October 2001, the School and Classroom Program has served 184,405
students and 2,352 teachers in 118 countries).
In addition, this decade, PTPI has focused on humanitarianism. As a result, nearly all programs
for students and adults, ranging from our travel exchange programs to conferences and even
meetings of our Board members, include hands‐on efforts to assist the host destination. We
also have taken on the administration of Operation International Children (formerly Operation
Iraqi Children), which distributes school supplies to children abroad, and involve our members
in supporting a Global Landmine Initiative, which raises awareness about this global crisis and
raises funds to support a demining team. Both initiatives generate goodwill between the
United States and other nations and provide much-needed resources to create a hopeful
future for others.


PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Through Peace Camps for students, and Educational & Humanitarian Initiatives for adults, PTPI
has a solid presence in the Middle East, working to enhance international understanding and
friendship. Through Peace Camp, Israeli students have befriended Palestinians students;
through Worldwide Conferences, PTPI has expanded understanding through interfaith panels,
keynote speakers, awards to well-known organizations working to achieve peace, and more.
Since its founding in 1956, PTPI has obviously seen the end of the Cold War, expansion to
China, and ongoing progress toward understanding worldwide. The PTPI-operated
Operational International Children program (formerly Operation Iraqi Children) has sent nearly
300,000 school supply kits to Iraq and Afghanistan. Through PTPI's Global Landmine Initiative,
in 2009 alone, 7.2 acres of ground in Cambodia was cleared, resulting in the removal of 264 AP
mines on 12 minefields.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

Obstacles pertain to extending our presence and our outreach to every corner of the world.
Such efforts take time. Constraints created by certain countries' regulations can hinder the
establishment of chapters in those countries. Language differences also can play a role.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

PTPI plans to maintain existing programs and extend outreach to new audiences and
destinations. This year marks PTPI's inaugural Educational & Humanitarian Initiative to Turkey.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

Media plays an integral role in either striking fear or acceptance in the minds and hearts of our
global citizens. Positive reports about individuals and organizations extending the hand of
friendship work wonders at home and abroad.
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