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Rebuild for Peace is a perfect fit for CEO and founder Christopher Udall who has a background in peacebuilding and vocational training. He has worked in the fields of carpentry, masonry, and construction. He earned a B.A. in Intercultural Studies (Cum Laude), and was inducted  into the Lambda Delta Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology. He also earned Certificates in Intercultural Peacebuilding, and Photography/Video, and used these skills to establish his own photography/video business while earning his degree. Later, he worked as a photographer/videographer for a journalist in refugee camps in Jordan. This experience strengthened his resolve to help youth and empower women as well as men to develop skill sets that will allow them to forge a new path forward, rebuilding lives, communities and peace.

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Blessed With a Hard Life

In Zaatari camp, a young Syrian boy with a love for soccer invited me into his home to show off his extensive collection of soccer medals. He so valued them that he packed them into a small pack slung on his shoulder during his journey fleeing the violence of his Syrian home, by foot, seeking refuge and safety in the desert. As I was leaving, he motioned for me to bend down, slipping one of his gold medals around my neck. I didn’t understand the Arabic words he whispered, but the power, love, and impact I felt in that exchange…

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