"Opens Heart, Opens Hands, Opens Doors"

Kindness Sharing Project

Paul C. Gorski


Paul C. Gorski has B.A. in Sociology and Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Virginia; an M.Ed. in Education from the University of Virginia, a Certificate in Humane Education Specialist from the Humane Society University; and a PhD in Education from the University of Virginia.  Moreover, Dr. Paul C. Gorski is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has spent nearly 25 years working with schools and other educational organizations around the world on building equitable learning environments. He has taught at George Mason University, where he developed undergraduate and graduate programs in Social Justice and Human Rights, as well as Hamline University, the University of Maryland--College Park, the University of Virginia, and the Humane Society University. His primary interests include poverty and economic justice, racial justice, queer justice, and animal rights. He has served on the board of the International Association for Intercultural Education. Paul has written 70 articles and written, co-written, or co-edited 12 books on various topics related to educational equity and justice. His books include Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini). He lives with his cat Buster in Asheville, North Carolina.

Mary Liston Liepold


Mary Liston Liepold, Ph.D., has almost 40 years of experience writing and editing a wide range of materials for national nonprofits, federal and state agencies, and individual authors, and 20 years raising funds for major nonprofits. Dr. Liepold was editor in chief for 7 years at Peace X Peace, an international women’s organization. Earlier, she spent 14 years at the Child Welfare League of America, where she developed and for 8 years edited the magazine Children’s Voice. From 2000 through 2005 she wrote speeches for CWLA President Shay Bilchik while raising several million dollars in federal and foundation grants and developing the organization’s first individual giving program. 

Earlier, she worked for the American Catholic Lay Network, the National Science Teachers Association, and Peace Links. Mary earned her doctorate in American Literature and Linguistics from the Catholic University of America. Mother of four, grandmother of five, and a daycare mom for 15 happy years before joining the salaried workforce, she believes with Gandhi that if we want peace, we have to begin with the children. She also believes that if the people lead, the leaders will follow, and she lives that maxim daily.  

Shakila Salihi


Shakila Salihi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. After graduating from Zarghoona High School in 1980, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her higher education in Berlin, Germany.  After Mrs.Salihi received her master’s degree in economics, she went back to Afghanistan to help her country.  Mrs. Salihi loves to help people in need.  Therefore, Mrs. Salihi has been one of the greatest supporters of Kindness Sharing Project KSP since the establishment.   

Suraya Sadeed


Suraya Sadeed is the Founder of Help the Afghan Children (HTAC), a non for profit organization that has been operating in Afghanistan since 1993. She has extensive experience in collaborating with international communities in addition to major donor countries. She has served as an educational commission adviser to UNESCO. Ms. Sadeed has participated in many international advocacy efforts on behalf of Afghanistan Children and women in promoting education as their basic right. Among her greatest achievements has been bringing peace and civic education into Afghan schools.   As an independent consultant, Ms. Sadeed is an effective advocate for strategic programs and services that deliver results. Her passion and extensive knowledge in conflict resolution and peace education, combined with communication and management skills, are great instruments for promoting the advancement of women in Afghanistan‘s political, social and economic arenas.   Ms. Sadeed has worked as Financial Consultant with various entities and served as a Coordinator to the World Bank and Georgetown University School of Business.   She is a recognized speaker in international conferences, U.S. Congressional hearings, and various universities. She is the recipient of many awards including Medal of Service from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education. She also served as a delegate in the Grand Assembly that drafted Afghanistan’s Constitution. Her memoir, “Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse”, has been published recently in many languages in the U.S., Europe, and Afghanistan. She has a Master’s degree in Strategic Peace building/Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University - Virginia, USA.

Dr. Al Fuertes


Facilitation and dialog, global education, psychosocial trauma healing, conflict resolution, theology of struggle, anti-human trafficking and displacement issues

Dr. Al Fuertes was a recipient of the 2015 Spirit of King Award, the 2014 Oscar Mentoring Excellence Award, the 2008 GMU Teaching Excellence Award and the 2001 AT&T Asia-Pacific Leadership Award. Al is a field practitioner and consultant who specializes in community-based trauma healing as an integral component in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He travels extensively around the world, particularly in places affected by war, armed conflict, and natural disaster. Al works with government, religious, military, and community leaders, as well as NGO development workers, school administrators, teachers, youth, refugees and internally displaced persons. He is the faculty director of the global education program in the Philippines, a 6-credit summer course in Human Trafficking, Environmental Issues, and Cultural Awareness through Mason's Center for Global Education (CGE), in Cambodia, a 3-credit winter course in Post Genocide, Community Development, and Spirituality, and another winter program in Rwanda, a 3-credit course in Genocide, Healing, and Reconciliation. Both winter programs are through the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL). Al is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). He currently works as a covenant minister of UCC Wellspring in Centreville, VA.  

Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (2007)

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M.A. in Peace Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN (1997)

Bachelor of Theology, Silliman University, Dumaguete, Philippines (1990)

Current Research
Voluntary repatriation of Karen refugees back to Burma.

Prosecution and conviction of human trafficking cases in the Philippines.