What is CISV?

CISV 2015 village kids and leaders

“We must start with the children.” ~ Dr. Doris T. Allen, founder

In 1946, following the devastation of World War II, many people were focusing on initiatives to build and maintain peace. One particular idea caught the attention of child psychologist, Dr. Doris T. Allen. It was a proposal for a UNESCO peace education institute for postgraduates from many disciplines. As a specialist in growth and development, Dr. Allen could not agree that the focus for peace education should be in the field of adult learning. She firmly believed that the ultimate source for lasting peace lay with the children. This was the seed that would later sprout Children’s International Summer Villages; now more commonly known as CISV.

From this conviction came her vision of bringing together children from all over the globe to learn to respect different cultures and common values. In 1951, she realized her dream when delegates from eight countries gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA for the first international summer village.

Sixty years after the first Village, CISV’s range of programs has increased to six different types of international activities and around 180 international programs a year. Today CISV has volunteer associations in over 60 countries while more than 190,000 people have participated in over 5,000 international activities. For her pioneering work in developing peace education for children, Dr. Doris Allen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, which was later awarded to Mother Teresa.

CISV was established in the Philippines in 1962 by clinical psychologist and former UN Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim. CISV Philippines today consists of five chapters, namely: Manila, Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod, and Cebu.

Find out more at the CISV International Website!

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