Roots of Peace, founded by Heidi Kuhn, is an organization that works to unearth dangerous landmines in war-torn countries, and then to build sustainable crops on the land once too dangerous to traverse. In so doing, they empower the local communities scarred by these inhumane weapons, and “transform the scars of conflict into the roots of peace.” Heidi Kuhn founded the organization in 1997 and serves as its CEO. She participated in our “Meet the Social Entrepreneurs” session at the Global Philanthropy Forum conference last April, where she partnered with other GPF-ers to expand her work in SE Asia. Heidi was also a 2006 Skoll Social Entrepreneur, and they feature her in their blog for the high praise Roots of Peace received this month from the Afghan government.
We look forward to watching them grow!
The video below shows highlights of Heidi’s work in Afghanistan with Roots of Peace, and of her meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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