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Organization: Children's Culture Connection / War Kids Relief--Dina Fesler, Executive Director / Founder
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Postal address of organization/institution

P. O. Box 141,  Dennison, MN 55018

E-mail address of organization/institution


Website address of organization/institution

www.childrenscultureconnection.org,   www.warkidsrelief.org

Telephone of organization/institution

1 612 414 7801

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


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


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

We work with 12 grassroots NGOs serving at risk children throughout the Third World.

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.

Using a three-part approach to leadership training, CCC programs offer American students a unique opportunity to learn about life beyond our borders by establishing peer relationships in these foreign lands, and ultimately, taking action steps to effect positive change in the lives of these new found friends.

Curriculum: Working with middle school level classrooms and organized youth groups in the US, CCC creates and implements educational programs and activities that teach students about culture in 12 different countries. Using a variety of unique teaching tools and games, CCC’s strategy is to spark interest in learning about world culture by making it fun and engaging.

Connection: Working with CCC’s partner charities that serve at-risk children in these 12 countries, American students are able to put a human face to these cultures by establishing peer relations with children who also participate in the international end of the programs. Connections are made through a variety of mediums including letters, photography, art, journaling, t-shirt design, and story writing.

Community Service: CCC aims to cultivate a new generation of philanthropists who can help disadvantaged children abroad become the future problem solvers of their own communities.
After each program, CCC offers suggestions about ways in which young Americans can use their own talents, creativity, and energy to make a difference in the lives of their new-found friends. Students willing to initiate an idea (stage a fundraiser, supply drive, etc.) are supported by CCC’s resources to help them successfully execute their project.


AFGHANISTAN: U.S./Afghan Junior Investor Program
IRAQ: U.S./Iraq Young Ambassador Program 2010
HAITI: U.S./Haiti Young Leaders Program
 GUATEMALA: Sibley Elem. (MN)/La Limonada Peaceflag Exchange
NIGERIA: Minnesota/Numan School T-Shirt Exchange

A girl from Baghdad, now living in an IDP camp in Sulemianya, shares  her poster with student  friends in the US.

A girl from Khost, Afghanistan,  filmed in  Kabul as she tells about her school.

Students in a classroom in Talafar, Iraq, are writing their stories to send to classes in the US.

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?

We have observed that the participating students begin to see themselves
as global citizens able to effect change,  able to make a difference in challenging situations.   Our educational component helps the students  learn about each other and to connect on a level of mutual respect and understanding.

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

Some parents object to their children studying the culture of people whom they fear,  but it has  not stopped any of the programs.   Students are encouraged to consider  such objections in a respectful way as they become aware of how some of their own thinking has changed.

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

We want to expand the curriculum reach to middle schools statewide and then nationwide.

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

Encouraging students to engage in cooperative projects that promote a sharing of  information about each other can lead to an understanding of  our shared humanity among people of all ages and all places.   Seeing how working together makes it possible  to overcome difficulties gives each student the power and the awareness of that power to make a difference in the world.   Encouraging and supporting such educational work can play an important role in creating a culture of peace.
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Organization: Children's Culture Connection / War Kids Relief--Dina Fesler, Executive Director / Founder

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