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Welcome to the Official Site of Hands in Peace

The Hands in Peace Mission:

Hands in Peace builds peace among diverse communities. The Hands in Peace Festivals adapt the ancient Greek Olympics for children and celebrate our common humanity and cultural diversity through non-competitive festivals. The festivals combine cooperative artwork and athletic events that emphasize grace and beauty and foster self-esteem. The Hands in Peace festivals create a safe space for transformative conflict resolution for children and their communities.

The Hands in Peace festivals reflect the values and hopes of the ancient Olympic truce. Hands in Peace utilizes a modern model of the ancient Pentathlon (running, jumping, wrestling, discus, and javelin) and PACT(R) educational materials (Pentathlon, Arts, Communication, and Truce) for training teachers, coaches, and judges, both developed for children by Spacial Dynamics Institute. The Hands in Peace festival is more than an athletic or educational event, it is a peacebuilding experience.

Our efforts center on the understanding that children who play together and learn to honor each other in their youth will continue into adulthood to work together for the good.

What we do:

Hands in Peace funds and organizes festivals for children throughout the world. Our focus is on participants between the ages of 10 and 12; however, youth leaders, parents, and younger children may all play a part in their Hands in Peace festival. Through supportive athletics and artistic events, the Hands in Peace Games create a haven for the suspension of conflict and the celebration of diversity.

The Hands in Peace Games sow seeds of self-confidence and mutual respect in everyone who participates. Coupling athletic training with the arts is the key to participants' learning more about themselves and developing a deeper appreciation for the diverse individuals and cultures represented at their Hands in Peace festival. The arts form a common human thread woven throughout the Games. Together the children dance and make art, music, and poetry. In the realm of athletics, the young athletes actively engage in the history and practice of the Pentathlon by training in its five disciplines: discus, javelin, wrestling, running and jumping. Respectively, the five events are designed to develop a sense of balance, moderation, confidence, beauty, and justice.

Upon arrival at the Games the participants are organized into teams comprised of children and youth leaders from different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. A festival often stretches over two or more days. From the beginning, the teams set aside notions of nationality. There is no competition against the other teams during the Games. Each team cheers the other team on as each team strives to improve its performance and to beat its own best score. No one wins by someone else being defeated.

Solidly based on principles of child development, the festivals create an environment that fosters a unique learning experience: the athletes are encouraged to be very demanding of themselves in an atmosphere where success does not require the failure of others. The measure of the team‘≥ achievements and the individual athlete‘≥ victory is improving on their own prior performance-not winning over the performance of others.