Actress Dame Judi Dench is calling on support for the Children of Peace winter appeal.

The 2009-10 Children of Peace Winter Appeal – Schools Aid – aims to raise funds for ten affiliate schools in Israel and Palestine who struggle to find the funding for teachers, care workers, health provision and basic resources like pens, books and software.

Dame Judi Dench is championing the Appeal and says:

“Children of Peace is dear to my heart because it puts education at the centre of its work for peace between children and their communities in Israel and Palestine. Children are the future. Yet, many of their school’s lack basic resources that we take for granted. Some do not even have pens, or paper or even crayons. Other schools lack classroom heating, visual aids, play equipment or even the funds to pay for teachers.

“Thanks to the pioneering work of Children of Peace in the region there are signs of hope for the children they seek to protect. That is why I urge you to dig deep and donate to the Schools Aid Winter Appeal. Your generous support will make a difference to the lives of children shaken by conflict, health issues and deprivation. By doing so, you can play a part in peace building between the children of Israel and Palestine.”

Children of Peace aims to build friendship, trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children through arts, education, health and sports projects, in order to help a future generation live together in peace. The multi-faith, non partisan UK charity works with over 70 affiliate organisations in a unique “coalition of peace” in the Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank and they support programmes that centre upon peaceful coexistence and cooperation.

For more information on the work of Children of Peace visit www.childrenofpeace.org.uk

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