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More than a merit badge, yet not as grand as a Nobel Peace Prize, Bpeace's Volunteer Excellence Recognition Awards (VERAs) are our tribute to volunteers who significantly accelerated the growth of our Fast Runners or helped strengthen Bpeace.

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Not many people would cycle 50 miles in an unfamiliar town peppered with steep hills, especially if they hadn’t been on a bike in years. But when you are inspired and committed like Justin Kitchens, those are minor obstacles.

Skillanthropists

Two Bpeace volunteers, Kimberly Smithson-Abel, a business development and HR specialist from Texas, and Shankar Lakhavani, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and manufacturing specialist from Pennsylvania, spent a week in El Salvador advising Sevi

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Cycling means something different for everyone. For me, pedaling on my bike means freedom. As soon as I mount my bike, clip my shoes into my pedals and start moving, I am free and alive. I bike across the land to wherever my bike will lead me. I a

Afghanistan

This is the story of how one woman’s vision became reality. The non-profit business volunteer network Bpeace connected us to Latifa as mentors, business advocates and pro bono consultants. Since 2009, we have been eyewitnesses to her passion to

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Roslyn Jaffe wanted to change the way women shopped. In an effort to make fashion affordable, she opened the first dressbarn store in Stamford, Connecticut. Bpeace honors dressbarn founder Roslyn Jaffe with the Bpeace Pioneer Gamechanger Award. dr

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When Bpeace was ready to enter Afghanistan in 2004, we needed money. Our friends and partners at that time – Women for Afghan Women – pointed us to a grant opportunity at the U.S. State Department.

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We needed more than a map to find Rwanda and Afghanistan in our early days. UN Women was Bpeace’s Lewis & Clark and Christopher Columbus. We are proud to present UN Women with the Bpeace Pioneer Gamechanger Award.

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We wanted something very special to present to our Bpeace Pioneer Gamechangers at our Gala celebrating Bpeace’s 10th Anniversary. Sculptor Anne Kellett rose to the challenge. 

Afghanistan

 Afghanistan is everywhere you look – and not in the way you would expect. From Carnegie Hall and The Daily Show to the Oscars and the Grammy’s, Afghan artists and opinion-leaders are suddenly high profile. They are showcasing the best of

El Salvador

Panelists discuss Bpeace’s work in El Salvador at last week’s Young Professionals event in NYC. From left: Marvin Fuentes, Mary Stycos, and Marla Gitterman, with Claudia Barriere on screen from El Salvador. 

Afghanistan

It's been eight months since Abdul Rashid Reshad travelled to the U.S.  on the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip.  Since returning home to Afghanistan, he has transformed his for-profit vocational school and it was recently accredited by the A

El Salvador

Claudia B.M. – Santa Tecla, Food Processing.  80 employees.

Claudia is at the helm of a family-owned business that produces packaged spices and ethnic/fruit drink powders.

Rwanda

We took time off this past August from our jobs at the Council on Foreign Relations to embark on an exploratory research project for Bpeace to investigate the budding film industry in Rwanda.

Rwanda

Ashley Harden and Ann-Elise Francis have taken two weeks off from their jobs at the Council on Foreign Relations to find out.  They arrive in Rwanda today and will be interviewing filmmakers, producers and distributors to determine whether Bp