Nobel Peace Prize Money for the Children
The Lutheran World Federation received a grant of US $815,000 from the European Union (EU) to begin to construct ways to deliver education on war-affected children in South Sudan. South Sudan is the world’s newest country and also one of the poorest on the planet, and has also experienced internal conflict since its independence on July 9, 2011.
“The EU Children of Peace initiative supports a key area of humanitarian and development aid: education for children affected by conflict – so that ‘children of war’ become ‘children of peace,'” said José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission at the signing.
Through the education project by LWF, they will be reaching over 5,000 children who have been affected by war and violence, and offer them hope for a peaceful future.
The EU hopes to put more support towards projects that promote education, through the EU Children of Peace project in the future.
Rev. Eberhard Hitzler, the director of LWF, underlined the significance of the EU funding in creating a peaceful environment for children.
Written by Peter Kenny on Nov 27th 2013, photos ecumenicalnews and lwfyouth.org