It’s astounding to think of the impact of Messengers of Peace during its first five years.
6 million projects, 23.5 million Scouts in 1.5 million communities around the world. At no other time have the impacts of Scouts been so relevant and so in need. From responding to the refugee crisis in Europe, to rescuing people trapped under rubble after hurricane Matthew, a Scout’s natural position is leading from the front of a community action, whatever that may be.
And the drive for ALL of these active citizens…peace and harmony.
Messengers of Peace is inspired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the King of Saudi Arabia, and is a legacy of the Royal family. To take Messengers of Peace to next phase His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met with His Majesty the King of Sweden, Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation in Riyadh this week. The two Kings discussed the impact of Messengers of Peace around the world and agreed the need of Scouts to do even more in the future!
A key aspect of the discussions were the annual Messengers of Peace hero awards. This year 18 heroes were nominated from the world’s 23.5 million Messengers of Peace and were congratulated by His Majesty the King of Sweden for their contributions towards serving their local communities through rescue and relief programmes, disaster preparedness and supporting people in vulnerable situations around the world. These heroes impressed King Salman, as the King of Sweden described the kind of person Scouting and Messengers of Peace is producing.
Developing active citizens, something that Scouting has been doing for over 100 years, is also a key component to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Their Majesties discussed the impact Messengers of Peace will have in the future, as the programme continues, that will see it take Scouting community actions further and support more people than ever before.
To read more about the Scouting King’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, follow this link.