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PeacePartners, Inc. honors our valued partners by celebrating their passion for peace, their creative ideas, and the wonderful implementation strategies they incorporate.

As we continue to support our partners, it is our privilege to showcase PeaceBuilders sites. Don't just take our word for it. Read about some featured sites as they explored their problems, developed their PeaceBuilders solution, and discovered positive outcomes! We invite you to sit back and explore the fantastic PeaceBuilding events happening throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.


Camp Akwaba - Canton, OH
Camp Akwaba, supported by Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, is a very special summer camp that gives underprivileged children an opportunity to attend a fun summer camp that teaches the principles of PeaceBuilders. At Camp Akwaba, PeaceBuilders is not a single daily lesson. It is the focus all day, every day. It is the core of the curriculum. It is the heart of the program. And it is the responsibility of the adult leaders to be role-models for the children in their groups. Counselors at Camp Akwaba have to walk the peaceful walk.

The groups at Camp Akwaba are called "families." Each family has two counselors who serve as wise people for the children. And every year each family is designated a color and a name to help identify the group members and to build peaceful, cohesive teams.

Meet the beautiful Blue Jay family.

Let us introduce you to the outstanding orange Falcon family.

The remarkable red Cardinal family cooperates to get a task done.

Meet the greatly respected green Parrot family.

The proud Purple Martin family works together on a PeaceBuilders project.

Introducing the gregarious Goldfinch family and the Queen of Court from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio!

Throughout the day, the individual families all come together for family reunions filled with fun PeaceBuilders lessons and activities.

The whole camp focuses on a particular PeaceBuilders Principle each day. The theme on this day was Notice Hurts and Right Wrongs. The children spent the day learning about how to be empathetic to others by paying attention to what they said and how they said it. And they learned many ways to right their wrongs.

   
During the PeaceBuilders lesson, campers sit around a make-believe campfire

During this particular campfire, campers talked about hurts they have caused and made a PeaceChain. Each child decorated a link showing how they could right their wrong.

The most impressive thing about Camp Akwaba is the way adults infuse PeaceBuilders into everything they do. From the peaceful morning greeting as children arrive at the camp, to the many daily activities that show them how to build peace with each other and in their own lives, to the behavior children are expected to display at lunch and play time these kids are flooded with PeaceBuilding messages. And they soak it up!

We congratulate Karen Feller, Mercy Medical Center's Mission Outreach Director and the Director of Camp Akwaba for the outstanding job she does each year. She spreads peace to many children and their families. Her energy is boundless and her passion is spreading peace. She is a PeaceBuilders role-model to the children and counselors at Camp Akwaba, to her colleagues and Mercy Medical Center, and to us all.

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