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Amanuddin Peace School Talk with Amandine Roche hosted by Google Women@SFO

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Published on Aug 19, 2013

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The Amanuddin Foundation envisions that all Afghan people learn about non-violence and peace education before 2014, the withdraw of international troops.

Amandine will talk about- her journey to post-conflict zones around the world as well as her journey within, guided by some of the most significant spiritual teachers of our times such as Amma and HH Dalai Lama- and all she learned along the way. Most importantly it's about how she has come to apply her newfound insights to those most in need. She will also tell us about how you can get more involved - from sponsoring a child for 1 month ($25) or a year ($300) and make a difference in these childrens' lives.

Recognizing that the true way towards creating a peaceful future in Afghanistan is by educating the young, Amandine now runs a school for peace, the Amanuddin Foundation, with a former member of the Taliban. Together at the Torch of Light School they teach principles of non-violence to 300 Afghans kids who, until now, have had no access to concepts of this kind.

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About Amandine
French peacemaker and human rights activist Amandine Roche met a little barefoot girl on the Afghan border in 2001, just before the American bombings began. Amandine could not save the Afghan girl from war but, inspired by the child's innocence and open-hearted nature, she promised to come back to Afghanistan and work for peace.

On the strength of this promise, Amandine joined the United Nations Peace Keeping mission and worked for ten years on the democratic process in Kabul, until her colleagues were kidnapped then killed and the UN had her evacuated. Traumatized and ill, she set out on a quest to discover what true peace is, seeking wisdom and healing from spiritual masters in India, then taking up work in UN missions around the world to find which peace-keeping methods were the most effective.

Her discoveries led her back to Kabul, her current residence, to set up the Amanuddin Foundation - a name given to her by the Taliban, meaning "the religion of peace". The foundation has two points of focus: mental health and peace education.

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