The Parker Family Helps Those in Need Around the World
Although Paul and Sherine Parker have deep roots in Carlsbad – the family has lived in Carlsbad for 18 years – they have many global connections. Sherine was born in Egypt, the family has hosted exchange students from Spain, Pakistan, and Syria, and the entire family is actively involved with Kids for Peace. “Kids for Peace has grown from a grassroots movement to an organization impacting over 10 million kids in 91 countries. We are involved with the Kids for Peace Peace Pack Project. We identify a community in need after a natural disaster or injustice and send packs with supplies and a personalized note to the recipients,” explained Sherine. The Parker family has hand-delivered peace packs to an orphanage in Cairo, Egypt. They have also sent peace packs to Kenya, Haiti, Pakistan, and India. “Kids for Peace helps us remain grateful and mindful of others and to spread joy globally in the most creative and relevant ways,” revealed Sherine.
Through their involvement with Kids for Peace, the Parker children Amira, David, and Mateo have spoken on the floor of the House of Representatives and other historic sites around Washington, D.C. Amira also sat in the United Nations assembly in New York City during the International Day for Peace. According to Sherine, this was especially memorable because Jane Goodall was speaking that day. “Our kids have met so many people who are passionate about peace building and social activism. We even met a relative of Malala Yousafsai and made peace packs containing school supplies for female students in Pakistan,” said Sherine. The Parkers also volunteer with many local organizations including Positive Action Community Theater, Special Olympics, and the San Diego Diplomacy Center.
Parents: Paul and Sherine
Children: Amira, David, Mateo
Hometowns: Sherine – Cairo, Egypt; Paul – Los Angeles
Pet: Cali, our fourth child
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Ponto and Tamarack beach, Sea wall, Batiquitos Lagoon Calavera bike trails, Dove Library, Kids For Peace Headquarters
In addition to their volunteer endeavors, Paul and Sherine are both pediatricians who are committed to helping local children and their families. The three Parker children are very active, with Amira rowing for the San Diego Rowing Club, Mateo swimming for North County Aquatics and David playing tennis and practicing martial arts. As a family, the Parkers enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and water sports. The family was a foster family through Helen Woodward until they adopted their own dog, a Husky named Cali. They hope to foster again in the future. “We are quite busy with work, our volunteer commitments, and three kids in different activities, but we are passionate about our work and our lives. We feel so blessed,” said Sherine.