Founder Heidi Kuhn became gravely aware of landmines, and their lasting effects on economies, upon the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997. Motivated by the Princess’s compassion and commitment to global demining, Kuhn began Roots of Peace in honor of Diana’s memory and to ensure that her work would continue. Heidi’s vision was to turn MINES TO VINES by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards worldwide. Initial support from the California wine industry helped turn Heidi’s dreams into a reality.
With funding from the public and private sector and countless generous donors, Roots of Peace has worked in numerous continents to bring economic empowerment to populations living in post-conflict regions. We have raised both awareness and funds to remove one million landmines and UXO worldwide and plant over five million trees to give farmers access to land that was previously deemed too dangerous to develop. To ensure economic development, we work beyond demining and assist farmers so that they have the tools and resources to grow, market and sell their products effectively and efficiently. We bring dignity to farmers and families living on war-torn lands for future generations to thrive.