peaceSince today is International Day of Peace, I was thinking of what peace means and how many interpretations there are in regards to peace. This title quote by A.J. Muste is one of many I found on top of the hundreds of organizations that are, in their own way, trying to spread peace across this world of ours. I thought I’d share a few…

Potters for Peace is a U.S. based nonprofit  network of potters, educators, technicians, supporters, and volunteers. Founded in Nicaragua in 1986,  they work with clay artisans in Central America and worldwide on ceramic water purification projects. Potters for Peace offers assistance to  fellow craftspeople in the developing world, with the goal of bettering their livelihoods. This is done in the belief that international peace and justice can be fostered through respectful friendships and equity in economic relationships.potter

Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.

Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. In a similar way, AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life Adopta platoonby sending cards, letters and care packages to lift the morale of Troops as they serve far from home and assist military families. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military. AdoptaPlatoon also serves  injured Troops through AAP Walking Wounded Project and assists military veterans who remain our Nation’s Heroes.