Rising up to the challenge Dr. Doris Allen presented to Girl Scouts of the Philippines’ board member, Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim, CISV was brought to Manila in 1962.
From 1962 to 1978, Rosalinda Lopez spearheaded all CISV activities as President of CISV Philippines during its Promotional Status classification. In 1996, under the leadership of Roberto Montelibano, CISV International accorded the National Association recognition to CISV Philippines.
Through these years, countless villages have been held locally and participated in internationally. To date, CISV Philippines has hosted 35 of these international summer villages participated in by children and adults from all over the world.
As a result of these pioneering initiatives, the National Association now boasts of five local chapters situated strategically throughout the archipelago.
CISV Philippines, just like other other countries, is made up of CISV chapters. A chapter is where children and adults alike join to participate in CISV programs. If you’d like to join a chapter, check out the following chapters. Some of them may have websites. If they don’t, you can contact us directly to ask how to join.
“We must start with the children.” ~ Dr. Doris Allen, founder
Following the devastation of World War II, many people were focusing on initiatives to build and maintain peace. One particular idea caught the attention of child psychologist, Dr. Doris Allen. It was a proposal for a UNESCO peace education institute for postgraduates from many disciplines. The idea for Children’s International Summer Villages (today known as CISV International) was conceived by Dr. Allen in 1946. As a specialist in growth and development, Dr. Allen, could not agree that the focus for peace education should be in the field of adult learning. She firmly believed that “the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children.”
From this conviction came her vision of bringing together children from all over the globe to learn to respect different and common values. In 1951, she realized her dream when delegates from eight countries gathered in Cincinnati, USA for the first Children’s International Summer Village (CISV). Over the decades, the organization grew in numbers, countries and activities. In 1979, Doris Allen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – the recipient that year was Mother Teresa.
Over 50 years after the first Village, this program remains the cornerstone of our international educational activities. CISV’s range of programs has increased from one to six different types of international activities and from one village to around 180 international programs a year.
Today CISV operates in over 60 countries and since 1951, more than 190,000 people have participated in more than 5000 international activities.