This unique project - The Journey of Understanding - gives 24 young people from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Indonesia, the UK, & the US the opportunity to meet in a safe environment to confront prejudices, undertake cross-cultural learning, & forge enduring friendships. On return home, they undertake community projects through our Global Alumni Programme. Travelling from across the globe we seek to cover the costs of the miles they travel in order to attend the programme.
Encompass was created in memory of Dan Braden, killed in the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali. He was killed along with 201 other young people by those who saw them as Westerners and therefore the enemy. The Braden family concluded that, as long as one group of people is able to dehumanize the faith or culture of another, events like this would continue. They wanted to show that such indiscriminate killings could be prevented by educating young people to the value and humanity of each other.
Participants from diverse backgrounds, faiths and cultures, meet in a safe and neutral environment and are encouraged to confront issues of identity, prejudice & conflict through facilitated workshops, open & focused dialogue, and team building outdoor activities. They are then further supported to continue this peace building work in their home communities.
The real impact of Encompass kicks in when our young people take their skills and commitment out into their communities. Individuals and partner organisations then begin to share the enthusiasm and the belief in dialogue as a path to wider social engagement and understanding.
To date, over 1,200 young people have undertaken the Journey of Understanding, whilst thousands more have been touched by the projects of our Global Alumni.
"When we hugged at the end of the programme I felt loved by people whom I've been told I should hate." - Meron Guttel, Israeli alumni from 2010 Journey of Understanding
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,091
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,394
Total Funding Goal: $15,486
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).