A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

By Indra Thapa Chhetri, member of PTPI's Kathmandu, Nepal (Peace Nepal) Chapter

I first heard about PTPI in 2004 through one of my friends. At first, I was attracted to the name “People to People,” the mission, and the concept of Peace through Understanding. Then I started to know more - and more by printing and studying the entire bylaws of PTPI, I was eager to register in Nepal.

During a time when peace was in peril in Nepal due to Maoists insurgency, I decided it was high time to establish a PTPI chapter. I worked long and hard to make it chartered; I left no stone unturned and many times it was questioned by PTPI staff. Finally, it was chartered by PTPI World Headquarters.

To this day, I am passionately involved in PTPI activities. I played a main role in organizing the PTPI Asia Pacific Conference in Nepal. In 2011, I helped organize many activities of relief programs for landslide, flood, and earthquake victims. I participated in the Worldwide Conference in Arizona and Estonia - and in cultural exchanges and homestays in Japan, Switzerland, and USA. I am proud to be associated with PTPI, and I look forward to participating in more activities to enhance and promote the goal and mission Peace through Understanding. PTPI is really honoring its objectives by enhancing people to people relations worldwide.

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Thank you for your ongoing support for our mission at People to People International. We, as a whole, continue to strive to live up to the legacy of world peace. But every day we make a choice to make a difference. That difference cannot be made without you and your contributions. Only together can we create everlasting peace and only together can we strive for and achieve greatness.

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater joined People to People International as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 and in April of that same year, he became Chief Executive Officer.

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