Press Release: FREE TO BE event

Contact: Melissa Cross, Event Committee Chair

(919) 623-7798



September 24, 2023


Peace and Hope International hosts FREE TO BE in Durham

A Fundraiser and Cultural Celebration event


Durham, NC – Children ought to be free to play, free to learn, free to grow, free to dream. Children ought to be free to BE. Parents and adults around the world desire this for their children. Peace and Hope International is hosting FREE TO BE: a fundraiser and cultural celebration as we continue to work towards a future where all children are free to be kids.


Peace and Hope International invites you to be a part of something big. As a human rights and peacebuilding organization, Peace and Hope has been working for decades to make a real impact, particularly for children and communities who experience violence. The restoration they have witnessed over the years is inspiring, and gives us further resolve to be a part of making a difference for kids who are vulnerable.


Join us on October 7 at the Durham Bottling Company as we celebrate this past year and raise funds to further increase the impact. Founded in Peru and now located in 6 Latin American countries, we will be celebrating the beautiful culture, dance and music of Latin America as we learn more about Peace and Hope.  “We focus on preventing violence against people who live in poverty, especially children and women.”  says Dr. Nina Balmaceda, President of Peace and Hope International, who was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Balmaceda is a scholar-practitioner as the Associate Director at the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. “I am so very excited about this opportunity,” she continues, “come learn about the restoration work taking place through local teams in Latin America.” 


Purchase tickets today by going to “If you’re someone who cares about children, especially children who face various forms of violence and injustice, and you’d like to see them live, and grow, and thrive, then join us!” says Ryan Juskus, alumnus of Duke Divinity and current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Peace and Hope International. For those who are unable to join, visit the Peace and Hope website to learn how you too can invest in this work. Let’s come together so kids can flourish and be who they are meant to be!


Notes to the editor – direct link for purchasing tickets

Peace and Hope International

P.O. Box 3022

Durham, NC

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