A Small Contribution that Goes a Long Way

Today, members of the ACN Peace Committee had the chance to get a better look into the heart and soul of Midlands Children Hope Project. Technology was not our friend today as we tried to connect via skype with Lene. Lene works with Midlands and sit on the board of directors and is currently in…

Our Future Through the Eyes of War Children

by: Nardos Tekle “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson…

Midlands Children Hope Center

  by: Mai-lynne Deibel I spent the summer of 2012 doing volunteer work in the city of Gweru, Zimbabwe. I worked on a project call “kids and lions”. I lived at Antelope Game Park and every day me and the other volunteers were driven to different places in the Gweru area. We worked at a…

Saving Syria

by: Tony Halsteindal The Syrian Civil War has been going on now for 2 years and 7 months, and although it is impossible to estimate exactly how many casualties there’s been so far, there seems to be a general agreement that the death toll has surpassed 100 000. This is including both combatants and civilians. Instead…

Why Azerbaijan?

“And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.”  -Mother Teresa Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1979 I’ve been to Azerbaijan twice, and I will most definitely go back. Often when I…

Embracing Diversity

by: Nardos Tekle There are 196 countries in the world today, approximately 7,000 languages, and apart from the major world religions, there are hundreds of other religions and lifestyles practiced by the 7 billion individuals inhabiting earth. Despite the fact that these numbers are estimates that undergo continuous updating, they reveal something important about our…

On the run: My story as a Refugee

by: Ole Hofsøy As a former scout, I’ve had countless experiences I would never dream of, but although I can think of many interesting, fun and even scary events, there is ONE EXPERIENCE that gave me a push to the interest I have for INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS and HUMANITARTIAN WORK. The year was 2005, I was…

We’re Back!

by Tony Halsteindal IT’S A NEW SEMESTER and a new Peace Committee has now embarked on a new school year here at the American College of Norway. This time around we are doing things a bit different. Since we’re are starting earlier than usual we are hoping to get more done and take a more…

The Importance of Accepting Change

by Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir   My experiences at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum have made me believe in the power of ideas. If we focus on making one small step, and we do so unselfishly, we have the power to change the course of history. It is that simple.   The incredible speakers at the…