Peacebuilding

Who has access to the arts?

At Peacebuilders Camp, many of our conversations follow a similar pattern. Campers discuss a particular human right, what groups of people are often denied access to that right and why, and how we can increase everyone’s access to that particular right. This year we followed that same pattern of analysis during a full day analyzing … Continue reading »

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Guest Post: Art & Peacebuilding

From Freedom Rodriguez, Peacebuilders Camp Counselor… Once again art and creativity prove to be a great way to stir the imagination, teach, and inspire. Being a counselor at Peacebuilders Camp for only four days has already given me such a wonderful opportunity to learn and help grow the confidence and identity of young campers learning … Continue reading »

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Full days, full hearts

From Erica Schoon, Program Director… We have emerged from the woods! My clothes are filthy, my skin is burnt, my eyelids are dropping, but my heart is full. The past three days have been packed full. We’ve learned about the right to healthcare and housing and the right to work and leisure. We’ve done some … Continue reading »

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Watch this video about Human Rights!

Here’s a video we use to introduce the concept of Human Rights to our campers. We thought you might like to watch it!

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“One spark in the fire”

From Jonah McDonald, co-founder… Do you remember when you got dropped off for camp the first time? It’s scary! New people, new routines, and maybe the first time you were away from your parents. I got to spend the first two days of camp with our group of 11-12 year olds, and I’ve been amazed … Continue reading »

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The Setting: Koinonia Farm

From Erica Schoon, Program Director… Staff training weekend continued on Sunday with house preparations, lots of brainstorming, planning lessons, and learning about our incoming campers. We reviewed the week’s schedule with Curriculum Director and co-founder Marilyn McGinnis, who has built the camp curriculum around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (This year we’re focusing on … Continue reading »

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Packing, goal-setting, and closing ceremony

The last day of camp is always bittersweet. Today was especially hectic, though, because those bittersweet closing activities were quickly followed by a whirlwind of cleaning up and packing. For our small camp, the close of the second session means the end of 2013’s Peacebuilders Camp and the end of my summertime on the farm. … Continue reading »

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Peacebuilding is…Service…Global Travel…Art…

Today was a long day and late night. On our last full day at camp, we looked at the same “right to an adequate standard of living” that framed our health care discussion yesterday but shifted our focus to talking about the importance of decent housing. We began the day with a service project with … Continue reading »

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Campers Visit Perry Wellness Center

As you saw in our last blog post, we visited the Perry Wellness Center when we were learning about the right to adequate healthcare. Well, the folks at Perry Wellness Center were so excited about our visit, they wrote about it on their blog. Here’s the link: Perry Wellness Center: The Peer Post

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How does health care justice influence peace?

Today we talked about the right to medical care and what it looks like when people do and do not have that right protected. We started the morning with a discussion of health disparities. A few campers volunteered to tell a story of a time they needed health care. A counselor wrote down many of … Continue reading »

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