Footsteps for Peace

Footsteps for Peace

The Asia Scotland Institute reflect and share a summary of the incredible few days spent with Heidi Kuhn last week. With so many events in those few days, we struggled to share all the amazing moments on social media. Below is a collection of some of these special moments that have been captured to solidify this memorable occasion.

Thank you to all our supporters that joined us for lunches, dinners, virtual and physical events both in Edinburgh and Glasgow! 


We were honoured and delighted to welcome Heidi Kuhn, CEO and Founder of Roots of Peace, to Scotland last week to begin her journey on United Nations Landmine Awareness Week – turning MINES TO VINES worldwide with all faiths, colours and creeds. 

Heidi’s journey began with a Sunday service at the Canongate Kirk before a trip up to Edinburgh Castle for a walk around the battlements and the Scottish National War Memorial. 


Heidi visited Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, to detail her ongoing mission with Roots of Peace to rid the world of landmines.

To mark April 4th, UN Landmine Awareness Day, Heidi Kuhn’s #FootstepsForPeace campaign brought her to an amazing UN International Landmine Awareness Day event at Edinburgh’s majestic Canongate Kirk Church. Heidi called for urgent aid to Afghanistan.

The group was also honoured by the presence of Daniel Yuval, an Israeli landmine victim whose stunning story of resilience drives Roots of Peace’s efforts every single day, as well as Geopolitical Strategist and Roots Of Peace Board Member, Tina Fordham. 


On Tuesday, Heidi’s #FootstepsforPeace campaign in Scotland continued with a tree planting ceremony at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. We are very thankful to Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Simon Milne MBE for arranging the planting of a Hickory tree. 

Heidi said. “On the occasion of United Nations International Landmine Awareness Day 2022, it was an honour to return to the soils of my Scottish ancestors and plant the Roots of Peace tree at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh,” 

“May this tree remind future generations of the importance of turning MINES TO VINES—replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards and orchards worldwide.”


On the final leg of Heidi’s trip to Scotland, she visited Broomhall House and the City of Glasgow College to speak on the dire need for immediate aid in Afghanistan, as well as horrific recent reports of landmine use by Russia along humanitarian corridors in Ukraine.

She was joined at the event by representatives of Glasgow’s astounding Afghan community, including leaders of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society and Glasgow Afghan United.

Following this, Heidi went on to Old Killpatrick just outside of Glasgow to meet with genealogist, Dr Bruce Durie, to learn about her distant Scottish family roots.

Roots of Peace are requesting urgent donations to provide emergency services for the Ukrainian women and children who were fortunate to make their way through the minefields to the border of Poland.

Roots of Peace will help provide warm food, clothing, shelter and support for orphanages, as these children reach the border. If you are interested to support the #FootstepsforPeace campaign, please DONATE to Roots of Peace through the following link:

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