The Fellowship of Reconciliation England (FoR) has expressed its delight that Zoughbi Zoughbi and the Wi'am Centre in Bethlehem have been nominated for the 2010 World Vision International Peace Prize.
FoR, a major Christian peacemaking oranisation, has visited Mr Zoughbi at the Wi’am Centre, and hosted a UK speaking tour for him in 2007. The International Peacemakers Fund (IPF) has provided financial support for projects delivered at the centre.
Chris Cole, Fellowship of Reconciliation England director, said: "Last year FoR took young peacemakers on a delegation to Palestine and Israel which was a profound and moving experience for all."
He continued: "FoR promotes peacemaking, non-violence and reconciliation so it was a privilege to be able to take the young people to meet Mr Zoughbi and see how one Palestinian initiative helps young people to learn peaceful methods of conflict resolution."
The International Peacemakers Fund (IPF) has supported the Wi'am Centre to deliver key programmes by providing financial support for projects. These funds are raised by donations from individuals, grants and church congregations.
A recent project funded by IPF concerned the training of young people in methods of non-violent protest.
John Cooper, International Peacemakers Fund fundraiser, declared: "It's fantastic that we've contributed to a story of hope now nominated for an international peace prize. The IPF’s grants provide the financial support that courageous peacemakers like Mr Zoughbi need."
"We can only continue to support peacemaking projects like this around the world if congregations and individuals continue to give generously of their money and prayers for our work," he added.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, founded in 1914, explores what it means today to live out opposition to war and service to peace from a Christian perspective. It works on a broad front of education, campaigning, public witness and support for active, spiritually-based nonviolence.
The International Peacemakers Fund (http://www.for.org.uk/ipf) is run by FoR and provides small grants in support of grassroots practical peacemaking around the world. It gave £2,000 to the Wi'am Centre in 2009 and £3,000 in 2008.
The International Peacemakers Fund distributes funds raised by churches, individuals and trusts. Last year this included Quaker meetings, Methodist and Catholic churches.