Action for Peace through Prayer and Aid

Organization's name: Action for Peace through Prayer and Aid
Organization's acronym: APPA
Former Name(s): ZAP
Headquarters address  
Address: 3670 Joy Lane
Washington, D.C. 20001
20603
United States of America
Phone: 5712594937
Fax: 5712594937
Email: appachoi@gmail.com
Web site: www.appaun.org
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
Languages:
  • Russian

Activities

Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Climate Change
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Disarmament
  • Drug Control
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Extreme poverty
  • Food
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Security
  • Justice
  • Media
  • Minority Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Religion
  • Violence
  • Water
  • Youth
Geographic scope: International
Country of activity:
  • Russian Federation
  • Jordan
  • Republic of Korea
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1996
Year of registration (YYYY): 2000
Organizational structure: The overall Board of Directors (BOD) is seated in Washington, D.C. Each branch of the APPA - international, regional, and local - is served by its own Regional Directors. The BOD is comprised of at least 7 and up to 21 persons. Of these persons, 5 serve as Officers, each with one of the following titles or duties: President, Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, or Treasurer. The BOD may create committees as needs arise, including: Executive, Finance, Nominating, Advisory, or Special. The President also serves as the Executive Director. There are also Honorary, and General Members that are distinguished from each other by their right to vote on Board matters.
Number and type of members: Board of Directors - 21; Regional Directors - 8; Honorary Members - approximately 51; General Members - approximately 2,700.
Affiliation with NGO networks: Global Cooperation Service International (ECOSOC); World Energy Forum (ECOSOC); Mennonite Central Committee (ECOSOC)
Funding structure:
  • Membership fees or dues
  • Fees for education and training services
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: n/a

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Children and youth
  • Non-governmental organization
Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: In partnership with GCS International and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee - ECOSOC member), APPA provides disaster relief and sends materials to North Korea, Pakistan, Haiti, etc. Also, APPA cooperated with WEF (World Energy Forum) on UN Water Day 2011 to organize a concert to raise relief funds for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.
Affiliation with other organizations: APPA is affiliated with GCS International and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee - ECOSOC member)for purposes of sustainable development.

Social Development

Affiliation with other organizations: Each year, APPA participates in the UN's International Day of Peace, an activity approved by the UN Assembly. Since 2005, APPA's Executive Director Reverend Sang-Jin Choi has served as GCS International's representative to the UN. In addition APPA, in partnership with GCS International and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee - ECOSOC member) provides disaster relief and sends materials to North Korea, Pakistan, Haiti, etc. Also, APPA cooperated with WEF (World Energy Forum) on UN Water Day 2011 to organize a concert to raise relief funds for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Annually, APPA works with WEF to host water-issues related seminars and workshops for youth.
Publications: "Peace Times" is currently a quarterly publication, first published in 1999. Previously, it was a bi-weekly tabloid newspaper focused on issues of ending poverty and homelessness, and racial reconciliation. Another publication, "Peacebuilders," is a quarterly newsletter first published in 2005, reporting APPA's involvement in UN activities concerning youth. APPA also has published since 2008 "DPI/NGO Conference Report" to inform APPA members of APPA's participation in UN conferences.
Statements or documents submitted
to the Commission on Social Development:
APPA has submitted through GCS International representatives statements or documents to the Commission on Sustainable Development. In the future, APPA will submit statements or documents directly to the Commission.
Statements or documents submitted
to the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues:
APPA has submitted through GCS International representatives statements or documents to the Commission on Sustainable Development. In the future, APPA will submit statements or documents directly to the Forum.
Purpose of the organization: The APPA seeks to end homelessness; encourage racial harmony; and develop the community in low-income areas.
Activities relevant to the conference of States Parties to the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: For the past 13 years, the APPA has served the legal needs of people who are homeless and those with disabilities, through legal advocates/lawyers. Currently, APPA hosts a monthly legal clinic in Washington, DC through Christian Legal Aid. APPA also provides emergency food distribution, clothing distribution, child care programs, and counseling for homeless and low-income community members. Additionally, APPA runs a Center for Racial Conflict Resolution that researches, trains community member in, and intervenes to resolve racial conflict.
Confirmation of the activities of the organization at the regional, national or international level: UN International Day of Peace; UN Annual DPI/NGO Conference; UN International Mother Earth Day; and CONGO. Each year on the Day of D.C. Green Peace, APPA plants flowers in impoverished regions in D.C. and the vicinity. Several hundred volunteers help, bringing and planting flowers.
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: The International Board of Directors is comprised of: Billy Wrantz (USA); Jin-son Park (USA); Jo-jong Jo (ROK); Jae-kol Kim (USA); Jim Kim (USA); Mee-ree Hahm (USA); Jonathan Park (USA); Hee-soon Juon (USA); Samuel Choi (USA); Byung-hun Han (ROK); Soo-bin Im (USA); Y.S. Park (USA); K.O. Jung (Russia); Abraham Choi (Pakistan); B.K. Lee (Jordan); Joseph Song (USA); Bong-soo Kim (ROK); K.Y. Sol (USA); John Venno (Italy); W.K. Lee (ROK); and Y.H. Kim (ROK).
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: Honorary Members - approximately 51 persons, who donate annually $500 or more; General Members - approximately 2,700 persons, who complete membership application and donate annually $10 or more.