Fancy Sending a Postcard for Peace?

This article is a part of our series that chronicles peace initiatives around the world. Written by Nanditha Ravindar

We live in a time where distance is no longer a barrier and diversity is the norm. We work with people from diverse cultural, religious, economic, and social backgrounds which is crucial as it is, on the one hand, allowing us to get to know different ethnicities, religions, and nationalities. On the other hand, however, instances of racial discrimination continue to make the news a lot more often than one would ideally like. Many peace educators are of the opinion that once we realize how people everywhere are largely similar regardless of race, gender, nationality or sexuality, peace and understanding would eventually follow, ending various forms of discrimination.

Our mission is to improve the wellbeing of those people, around the world, whose lives are affected by violence or prejudice, by promoting change and offering hope, support and compassion”.

(Postcards for Peace’s Mission)

With this understanding and realization, hoping to achieve peace in the long run, Postcards for Peace was founded in June 2013 by Martin Rowsell as a way of using the now largely forgotten means of communication to send messages of peace, non-violence, compassion, and solidarity to people around the world. What started as a small initiative slowly snowballed into an educational project over the years, while ensuring that money was raised that could then be utilized to support other charities with similar philosophies or objectives as well.

Postcards for Peace largely works with children in schools and colleges to promote equality in the face of diversity. Apart from aiming at enabling children to understand how similar people really all over the world are, Postcards for Peace also helps fund various charities ranging from those helping people in war-affected areas to those that work towards reducing violence and abuse in various forms.Postcards for Peace believes that their initiative will also help eliminate xenophobia, intolerance of other cultures and religions, as well as prejudices against the LGBTIQA+ community.

Given that the initiative spans numerous countries, they have ambassadors throughout the world who ensure that they shoulder the responsibility for spreading the message of peace in their own countries, making the work a lot more efficient and widening the reach. Further, there are schools that sign up with the initiative to become an “Ambassador School for Peace”. The initiative is now well-connected throughout the world and currently has ambassadors in 26 countries around the world ranging from Afghanistan, Burundi, Canada, and France to Northern Cyprus, Syria, Portugal, Vietnam, United Kingdom, and India to name a few. The initiative is constantly on the lookout for more volunteers in order for their work to reach more countries and more children.

In order to take on a holistic approach to peace education, the website of Postcards for Peace also lists peace books for young and older audiences while coming up with blog posts on various pertinent issues such as mental health, sexual discrimination faced by minorities, etc. Texts are carefully selected keeping in mind various criteria in order to ensure that people read solid written works that enable to spread the message of love and peace, which is much needed in today’s digital age which largely tries to spread negativity and hatred.

To know how to sign up to become an Ambassador for this initiative or to read peace books, or to donate, visit their official website here.