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2009 Press Releases

Seeds of Peace Alumni Spread the Message of Peace and Coexistence

August 4, 2009

Mumbai – Ten Indian 2009 Seeds of Peace campers, who recently returned from the United States after successful completion of a three-week international camp in Maine, shared their experiences at a press conference organized by The American Center today. 

The Seeds of Peace is an intensive conflict resolution program for young minds from different regions of conflict which seeks to shape a future generation of leaders, empowering them with the skills set required to advance reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their respective environments.  The 10 participants this year are students from Yashodham School, J.B. Petit School, Bombay International School, Saifi School, and New Era High Schools.

“When I think of Seeds of Peace, I think of a place where, as Tagore once put it, the mind is without fear and the head is held high,”  Rishi Razdan, Seeds of Peace alumnus from India, said.

“The State Department is very pleased to support this important program that brings the leaders of tomorrow together to address the underlying issues of some of the most pressing problems of the day.  The legacies of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to serve as an inspiration to these young people,” U.S. Consul General Paul Folmsbee said.

The Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, nonpolitical organization founded in 1993 by the late John Wallach, an award-winning author and journalist who was inspired to create this path-breaking movement after the first attack on the World Trade Center.  Its leadership network now encompasses over 2,500 young people from over 25 countries. In 2001, with help from the State Department, Seeds of Peace spread its reach to encompass India and Pakistan in its programs.  In 2002, an Afghan delegation participated in the International Camp.   More information is available on