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Roots of Peace
Roots of Peace heals the wounds of war and plants the roots of peace by turning "mines to vines" in post-conflict zones around the world. In the past decade, Roots of Peace has planted fresh grapes in Afghanistan, strawberries in Angola, flowers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, grapevines in Croatia, rice in Cambodia, wheat in Iraq, and chocolate in Vietnam. Since 1997, we have worked with families, communities and nations to build agricultural livelihoods and develop tailored, strategic solutions to address critical challenges in war torn countries, stressing capacity building, economic vitality, human rights and the empowerment of women.

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Mother & Child Plant PEACE in the Holy Land

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Whenever I visit Israel, I sleep in a bed made for a child.

This is not because I cannot find a hotel room, but is it because of the heartfelt generosity of a little boy named Daniel. As I close my eyes in his tiny twin bed, I wonder what...

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Footsteps of a Mother -- One Woman's Journey to Bring Peace to the Holy Land

(8) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:14 AM

I'm often asked what drives my work in the Middle East.

When I mobilized funding and efforts to remove the landmines from areas surrounding Bethlehem garnering the support of the Israeli and Palestinian governments, they asked me what motivated me to even attempt something that we've all been told...

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A Story of Success in a Land of War

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Afghanistan is where Ameenullah Haji was born, where he built his livelihood and where he raised his family.

It may not be the place we would choose to grow up or build our livelihood, but Afghanistan is also where, with a little assistance, Ameenullah was able to succeed.

Ameenullah is...

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Remove a Mine, Change a Life -- Thu's Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Nguyen Dinh Thu is not unlike your typical farmer. He gets up at the crack of dawn, grabs his farming tools with his wrists and goes out to work his fields. The tasks of picking and plowing are simple and easy to most, but in the case of...

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What Does 83 Mean to You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Eighty-three percent.

Eighty-three percent is a majority, a plurality, a number you'd pay attention to in a financial report, report card or political poll.

Eighty-three percent of Afghanistan's economy is agriculture based. This means the country's wellbeing is dependent on the land, and what they can produce from it.

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