Global Gardens of Peace is an Australian charity founded by Moira Kelly in 2013. The aim of Global Gardens of Peace is to plan, design and deliver natural play spaces to communities around the world that have suffered significant hardship through war or natural disaster. Global Gardens of Peace is an apolitical, non-religious organisation. Our philosophy is that ‘Gardens are Forever’. Our belief is that gardens are the centre for which to build a community around. And we value and respect children’s right to play.
The seed for this charity began in Gaza, Palestine and this is where the first Global Gardens of Peace garden will be created. The Municipality of Khan Younis has set aside 32,000 square metres of land for us. Andrew Laidlaw and a dedicated design team have developed a comprehensive concept plan for the area after extensive consultation with the community both here and in Gaza. Future projects will be identified and assessed according to local need for green space; demographic profile and perceived economic, health, social and environmental value to the community, particularly to the children.
Each project will be funded through government support, fund raising activities, donations and sponsorships. While this is an Australian initiative, Global Gardens of Peace encourages an international and local collaboration to achieve positive outcomes for the recipient communities. Each project must be planned, designed and delivered responsibly to ensure long term sustainability within the host community. This includes consideration of how each garden will be maintained into the future.