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22 September 2006 @ 09:24 am
Peace  
Tell me about your favourite peace organization.
 
 
 
erischilderischild on September 22nd, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/

SOS, hands down. It's an organization that makes homes for orphans in the ravaged areas of the world. instead of putting them all in a 'ward of the state" type arrangement, they create villages, with families. each family has a 'mom', a woman who cares for a group of kids and helps them grow into productive adults.
This seems to be the best approach to dealing with lost children I've seen. By providing kids with a stable environment with siblings and education, they are breaking the cycle of desparation and violence that comes with poverty and war. They also provide women with a place to work and call home in countries where womens options are very limited.
The only embarrasing part of this organization is the 2 villages it has set up within the US. apparently the richest nation in the world can't take care of it's own children.
I sponsor a little boy in Sudan.
Kburgunder on September 22nd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's wonderful. Thanks, beautiful!
erischilderischild on September 22nd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, there are *3* villages in the US.
Kburgunder on September 22nd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Coconut Creek, Florida
Lockport, Illinois
(was curious and looked it up)
Where is the third one?
Kburgunder on September 22nd, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow. So I read through a lot of their stuff. They are amazing.

1. It takes a village!
2. I wish our own communities that don't need immediate assistance were set up more like this...
nplusmnplusm on September 23rd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
At the risk of sounding unpopular
My favorite organization for peace is the WTO. Mainly because they are perhaps the more effective organization in resolving trade disputes, and until there was a forum to constructively address the problems and inequities that had cropped up in trade agreements and resource ownership, the way to resolve these issues was to grab a bunch of guns and to press your point at the end of a rifle barrel.
With the understanding that a world economy is a reality, an organization composed of involved countries to resolve issues becomes key. It may be unpopular with a variety of people, but as far as peace goes, I think they are top of the list.

As Mike Doughty mentions in his interview about the song "Busting up a Starbucks", kicking in a Starbucks window with a Nike sneaker does not make you an activist for change.