PeacePlayers international has a busy summer ahead! The organization will continue to work with children in its four sites, for example holding a basketball camp in Cyprus next month, and the Building Bridges Summer Camp in Israel.
New this year, in celebration of the London 2012 Olympics, PPI is leading the Belfast Interface Games (BIG), a series of events and trainings across the city which will use sport for social change and Protestant and Catholic young people will participate in the region’s most popular sports together. Partnering in the project are the governing bodies of the three largest, and traditionally segregated, Irish sports: Ulster Council of Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and the Irish Football Association (IFA).
Also, coming up this month is part two of our PYCE project in Yemen and an Arbinger training in Chicago with Beyond the Ball and its partner organizations. PPI’s trainers on the PYCE project, Andrew Gordon and Julie Younes, implemented two four-day trainings in Yemen in February. Andrew is returning to Yemen in mid-June. Julie will follow in July. Brian Cognato will continue to rack up those frequent flier miles, returning to Chicago after his trip to South America later this month.
There is a lot going on, so please stay tuned for posts in the near future sharing what these cool projects have become. It is sure going to be one busy summer!