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C.I.S.V. (Children's International Summer Villages) is a world-wide organisation promoting peace betweet nations.

Following World War II, Dr. Doris T. Allen, a University of Cincinnati psychologist, saw the devastation that resulted when nations engaged in war to settle disputes. She envisioned a new approach to working toward achieving peaceful solutions to worldwide problems. Dr. Allen believed that people must learn to feel and think in new ways and that the education for change should start before adolescence and continue into adulthood. According to Dr. Allen, “Peace is possible only as individuals and groups learn to live amicably with one another as friends.”

Because of Doris Allen’s vision and inexhaustible efforts, she has seen CISV grow from the first international “Village” camp in 1951 to a worldwide organization that has reached over 125,000 participants, helping them learn to live and work together in peace and friendship.

Doris Allen was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (1979, The Year Of the Child), the Freedom Medal (1999), an honour awarded by the President of the United States of America and the Hague Appeal for Peace Prize (2001).

She died in Virginia at the age of 100.

More information from www.cisv.org

This picture is of one of the gatherings of the Perth branch of CISV.

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