Powerful Partnership Builds Peace through Kindness

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Dignity Health partners with Kids for Peace in an effort to achieve peace through humankindness.

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With the support of Dignity Health, Kids for Peace will be able to support more schools and cultivate human kindness nationwide.

Can kindness really change the world? In the spirit of World Kindness Day on November 13, 2013, Kids for Peace is thrilled to announce a partnership with Dignity Health, one of the five largest health systems in the nation, to promote and support The Great Kindness Challenge in schools in California, Nevada and Arizona. Dignity Health and Kids for Peace believe that human kindness fosters healthier, happier lives and a more peaceful society. Both organizations realize that even a single act of kindness can change the world for the better.

The Great Kindness Challenge School Edition is a powerful, positive anti-bullying initiative dedicated to creating a culture of kindness in elementary and high schools nationwide. During the last week of January each year, students are provided with a checklist of 50 kind deeds to complete and are empowered to create positive change.

“At Dignity Health, we believe that kindness holds the power to help people lead happier, healthier lives,” said Robert L. Wiebe, M.D., chief medical officer for Dignity Health. “We are thrilled to support Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness Challenge to promote stronger human connection and kindness within more schools and communities.”

Now in its third year, The Great Kindness Challenge has grown from three schools to participation by students in more than five hundred schools all over the world.

“We invite all schools to honor the World Kindness Day by registering for The Great Kindness Challenge School Edition,” Jill McManigal, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kids for Peace. “It's free, easy for the schools to implement, and has a proven positive impact.”

With the support of Dignity Health, Kids for Peace will be able to support more schools and cultivate human kindness nationwide.

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, is a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 55,000 employees, and more than 380 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2013, Dignity Health provided nearly $1.7 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit http://www.dignityhealth.org. You can also follow Dignity Health on Twitter https://twitter.com/DignityHealth and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dignityhealth.

Kids for Peace, an international nonprofit organization based in Carlsbad, CA, exists to cultivate every child's innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects. In less than seven years, the organization has expanded to more than 100 interconnected chapters, throughout the United States and across the globe including India, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Canada and Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org.

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