The idea for P.E.A.C.E. all started in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in the United States. The Co-founder of P.E.A.C.E. Ahmad Hassan Awada was one of the many volunteers that went down to Louisiana to offer a helping hand to those in need. He volunteered with the University of Toledo student organization, Toledo Campus Ministry, and was fortunate to work with UMCOR while in Louisiana. It was on this service trip that Ahmad’s love for philanthropy and service really took hold of his heart. Ahmad’s experience in Louisiana was so profound that he wanted to experience even more.

Just one year later, along with other volunteers from Louisiana, Ahmad was able to do service in Kafakumba, Zambia with the International Peace Initiative. While in Africa, Ahmad was able to work with children that were in need from all over the continent. This trip affirmed what Ahmad already knew was true in his heart, that he wanted to dedicate as much of his free time to service and philanthropy. Not only did he want to dedicate his free time but he also wanted other college students to experience the same joy that he got from service and philanthropy. This is where the idea for P.E.A.C.E. became a reality. P.E.A.C.E. is another avenue for students to get involved in service, and was not created to compete with existing service organizations. In fact, P.E.A.C.E. was fortunate enough to collaborate with the Toledo Campus Ministry where Ahmad first found his love for service and philanthropy.

We strive to live by our motto of Peace, Love, and Happiness!

Ahmad Awada, left, and Randy Edwards work on a roof in Starks, La.

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