The PPI Way


The PPI Way

Guiding the work of PPI's staff worldwide is "The PPI Way" - a set of core beliefs that make us a productive, cohesive, efficient and unified team. From rural South Africa to downtown Washington, DC, PPI's staff can be counted on to bring to life "The PPI Way" in their work every day.

  1. All members of PPI – staff, volunteers, and participants – are considered family. Because we are doing something that hasn't been done before, we know mistakes are bound to happen. As a family, we acknowledge our mistakes, learn from them, and go on.  When we do something that hurts another, we apologize, rather than make excuses.
  2. We are emotionally committed to achieving our mission of using basketball to unite and educate young people in divided communities.  We see this not as just a job but as a chance to make the world a better place.
  3. We are professional in all that we do in support of our mission. We recognize that we cannot achieve our mission unless we make the most of the resources that we are given by our donors and other supporters, and we take care to evaluate every decision that we make in light of its impact on the overall program.
  4. We believe that effort and enjoyment go hand in hand. We aim to achieve a healthy balance between our work and the rest of our lives.  We find ways to enjoy the hard work necessary to do what we are trying to do and know that it is important to recharge our batteries from time to time in order to be as effective as possible in pursuit of PPI’s mission.
  5. Individuals in our organization realize that they have the freedom to go above and beyond their job descriptions to help achieve our mission.  PPI employees take pride in their autonomy and embrace the opportunity to take initiative and find solutions to challenges on their own.
  6. We continue to innovate.  We constantly look for better ways to do both established and novel things that can further our mission.
  7. We confront difficult issues.  We turn over the rocks and look carefully at the problems we face and then we challenge each other, even outside the parameters of our positions, when we think there is a better way or a problem to be fixed.  We believe “leadership” is making those around us better and more productive, and we are committed to being leaders, each of us, even when it makes us uncomfortable.
  8. We fill each other's “Emotional Tanks.”  We know that the challenges we face in our work can feel daunting.  We recognize and celebrate our successes with each other.  We support each other through disappointments.

Testimonials

"By focusing on the game of basketball and the values of sportsmanship, the youth learn to break down stereotypes to contribute to an environment whereby children who play together can learn to live...
Bicommunal Support Program, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
"We find that the PeacePlayers program brings in life-skills in a non-threatening way, and is helping to educate children on the big issues of HIV…We also find that in the PeacePlayers program, we...
Pamilla Mudhray, CSI Manager, Sasol, South Africa
"I was scared to death at first. But by the end of the match, I realized we were all the same."
Geina Mdungo, Participant, PeacePlayers Interational – South Africa
"We work in an education system that is divided…PeacePlayers program is pointed towards the integration of those children. You’re getting children to mix in an environment where there’s not the...
Derrick Harkness, Principal, Carrs Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
"If she takes one thing away, it’s to know that there’s no differences from the other community, that everybody’s equal, and that she has great enjoyment with PeacePlayers."
Nula Doherty, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"In the beginning I participated for the basketball, but then I made friends with the Turkish-Cypriots. Now we play and we all have fun together."
Evripidis Kardamilas, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus
"At the start [playing together] wasn't weird, but it was different because we would never have gotten the opportunity to go out and meet Protestants and be friends with them."
Ann Murphy, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"A lot of kids believe that one kid on the other side is a good person, but every other one is a bad person, and they then carve out these narrow exceptions. What [PPI’s] curriculum is doing is...
Chad Ford, Director, David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"Programmes like this that work at the grass roots level with the young people in our society are vital to achieving sustainable peace within our communities. We are committed to supporting and...
Denis Rooney, CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland
"We typically use activities such as art and drama to bridge divides between the youth. We always knew that sport had the potential to do the same, but PPI - ME's sport day went way above and beyond...
Yael Gur, Project Manager, A New Way, Israel
"It’s hard to live without my parents, but my PPI coach is always there for me. He’s really more like a brother."
Sihle Cele, Participant, PeacePlayers International – South Africa
"Basketball has added a new dimension to our sporting activities. Of course, it improves coordination and also improves communication between the kids themselves. It’s wonderful that PPI has become...
Jennifer Sonasundrum, Principal, Merry Hill Primary School, South Africa
"I’m glad that Ronnie’s taking part in PeacePlayers…hopefully Ronny doesn’t have to go through what I went through at Ronnie’s age.”
Manny Macauley, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I met new players I didn't know before, and learned how to play with new people. The best part was learning things from new players and different areas coming together. I learned you don't have to...
Amir, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"I was on the train one day with my Jewish friends and they started making fun of an Arab woman…I told them to stop and that she was embarrassed and that she just wanted to go to work. I then told...
Adiel, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East