Our Mission



Our Mission

We Make Peace is a non-profit organization working to build sustainable, non-violent cultures and communities.

We Make Peace aims to raise peace awareness in schools through fun and interactive programs designed to enhance positive, social and emotional life-skills to make peace

  • Within each individual
  • In the classroom
  • In society

Together with the students we work to re-invent the concept of peace as an ideal for young people to aspire to.

All of the We Make Peace programs and materials fit into the social, emotional curriculum, designed to show and inspire each indiviual how to make peace in their environment. Through empowering non-violent conflict resolution and personal life skills that enhance empathy and compassion; as well as creating a concordant unity for peace in the group, we ensure that the classroom is a place where learning, growth and personal development can exist and flourish.

We Make Peace work with public and private schools and the after-schools on producing and implementing unique, tried and tested learning programs that fit each institution’s educational need.

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Background

Marie Mamonia is the author and creator of the learning materials and programs. She started and ran the nationwide project in Denmark, 2007-08, entitled VI SKABER FRED! (WE MAKE PEACE!), that had hundreds of school classes involved. The Danish schools used the We Make Peace learning pack and participated in a final exhibition showcasing hundreds of students’ artworks for peace.

The program itself was developed in collaboration with Danish teachers, a wide group of humanitarian organizations, including: UNICEF, Amnesty International, Danish Refugee Council, Center for Conflict resolution, Children’s rights and anti-bullying agencies, as well as a long list of artists in different fields, like music, art, design, film-making and architecture.

Since 2010 the organization has been working with public and private schools in the US, mainly in the New York area, as well as globally through the Peace Letter exchange program.


Objectives

Our short term goals are to

  • Educate youth in peace practices
  • Provide students with essential life tools to handle conflicts peacefully in their daily lives
  • Build awareness of peace in the group and in the community
  • Teach young people to take responsibility for themselves and their actions
  • Increase health and social and emotional well-being

Our long term goals are to

  • Work as a preventive organization, building support and harmony within the local community
  • Decrease bullying and violence in the communities we work with
  • See a visible, readable reduction in crime
  • Reduce social and mental illnesses, and suicide rates, including self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse

The short term impact of these goals will achieve

  • Increased personal strength, belief and self worth
  • Empowered creative thinking and expression
  • Increased growth and development
  • Activated abilities for empathy and compassion
  • Promotion of values of friendship and kindness

The long term impact of these goals will achieve

  • Reduction in bullying
  • Reduction in violence and crime
  • Increased well-being i.e. reduction of health issues
    (social, physical and mental)
  • Increased safe, supportive environments
  • Peaceful communities


Our Team

Marie Mamonia

Founder

Marie is a poet and a peace activist. She is a published author and Reiki practitioner. Her passion for finding and making peace keeps her busy in the fields of art, healing and education. Marie is the author and creator of the learning materials and programs. She started and ran the nationwide project in Denmark, 2007-08, entitled VI SKABER FRED! (WE MAKE PEACE!), that had hundreds of school classes involved. The Danish schools used the We Make Peace learning pack and participated in a final exhibition showcasing hundreds of students’ artworks for peace.
www.mariemamonia.com

    Randi Lindeberg

    Teacher Consultant

    “To make peace we must start within ourselves, and as a teacher I see it as a valuable and important assignment to visualize it in the school with the students. Not just as a single project but as an integrated part of the learning and being together. Because peace is something we relate to as a group and create together.”

      Vibeke Nielsen

      Secretary

      Vibeke has been a social worker for 34 years, now retired mostly working with families in different contexts and communal organization. The last 12 years she held a part time job as a social advisor in Pedegogical, psychological Couseling in Copenhagen. Vibeke worked with children, parents, teachers and pedagogues about social and behavioral problems at school. Vibeke believes it is obvious that peace awareness in schools should be offered much more attention, and has found that the materials produced by We Make Peace have been helpful in that process.

        Kristine Alnes

        Program Coordinator and Developer

        Kristine is the co-creator and program coordinator of the Peace Letter exchange program, where students age 9-12 years exchange handwritten letters with students from another country. Learn more about the program here.
        Kristine’s background is in design and web development, and since 2011 she has been involved in various aspects of the organization’s efforts. She is based in New York and is also the organization’s web developer. Kristine is currently working on developing a teacher portal that will allow many more teachers and students to get involved in the program across the world. 

           

          Laura Valesin

           Laura is our new Peace Ambassatrice who helps spread the word and work of We Make Peace. Laura is half Italian half Danish and a classical musician and linguist. For a decade she has been combining her two passions in her teaching and coaching of opera singers singing in Italian. To her, both music and language learning are great peace activities that aim at connecting people around the Globe because they enhance our perception of being similar instead of different at a core human level.