Sarah Heirendt – Director for Hands of Peace – March 6, 2018

Knox Williams introduced our speaker Sarah Heirendt, who is the San Digo director for Hands of Peace. She is responsible for overseeing a three week summer program that brings together 50 Israeli, Pakistani and American youth in Carlsbad and other year-round projects in the San Diego area to promote peace. Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization that empowers young people to help be a voice for change. Itwas founded in 2003 in Chicago as a way to bring people together around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.They bring effective communication and listening skills and create education on daily Israeli / Palestinian conflict.There are three phases of the program: Dialogue and building bridges Leadership development and growth Education and leadership development Alumni of the program continue to engage in peace process annually. Some alumni have become journalists. There are 48 participants per summer, 30 host families and 200+ volunteers. Over 1000 people are engaged overall. Rotary District 5340 continues to support the program in many ways. How to get involved: Host a family Volunteer time and talent Encourage teens to apply Attend events Create a scholarship fund. There will be a fund-raising event at The Crossings in Carlsbad on Sunday, April 29 from 5:30-9 pm. The theme is “Ride the Peace Train.” Go to www.handsofpeace.org for more info and to purchase tickets.