Say Hi for Peace, what is it?
The Say HI for Peace campaign, originally known as Sleep for Peace, was launched by HI USA in 2013 in recognition of the important role hostels play in promoting cultural diversity and encouraging cross-cultural exchange that can lead to global dialogue.
We believe that exploration and travel lead to a better understanding of other cultures and, in turn, to a peaceful, smarter and more tolerant world. That's why we think it's important to promote tolerance and peace by celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace through our "Say Hi for Peace" campaign.
The idea was then adopted by Hostelling International in 2015 and has since spread to HI hostels in over 32 countries.
Our hostels are involved!
Since 1933, when youth hostels were founded in Belgium, we've been doing our best to help make the world a better place, notably by taking part in Hostelling International's annual "Say Hi for Peace" campaign.
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "It's not enough to talk about peace. You have to believe in it. And it's not enough to believe in it. You have to work for it. So let's roll up our sleeves and work together for peace!"
This year, the entire network of Brussels-Wallonia Youth Hostels, along with the Flemish network Vlaamse Jeugdherbergen, are joining forces to celebrate the United Nations Day for World Peace. Together, they will be organizing a charity fundraising event to collect clothing, hygiene products and small items for BelRefugees between September 21 and 24, 2023.
The principle is simple: every guest, employee or outsider is invited to drop off clothes, hygiene products and small items at one of our 10 hostels in Belgium.
Support our community action
Follow us on the networks, share a lot and tag us @hi_hostels_belgium as well as #sayhiforpeace, #hostellinginternational.
Want to play an active role in peace-building through your travels?
-> Join our Say HI for Peace campaign Pledge here.
Want to find out more?
-> Read about Hostelling International and their commitment here.