This is the final project report to let you know that with your support we reached our project Global Giving goal of $8,400. This was our first on-line fundraising campaign and its success helped us bring Sara and Johanna, along with 12 other Israeli and Palestinian girls, to camp this summer.
We truly appreciate your support through Global Giving and encourage you to keep up with the progress of our young peacemakers through our website, creativityforpeace.com, and on facebook.
We wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful new year.
Peace - Shalom - Salam - Paz
From everyone at Creativity for Peace.
Creativity for Peace summer camps are an incredible, transformational time. At the end of the three weeks we ask campers to reflect on their experiences.
Johanna wrote, “I leave camp with a sense that I am a kind of bridge between the two sides. I feel that I have taken on a mission to spread the things I learned here. I wish everyone could do this.”
And Sara, “One thing that affected me is that we have no solutions instead of peace. We are the victims of the conflict and I hope that peace will spread around the world.”
Two months on, the girls gathered in Nahsholim for a post-camp gathering. Dialogue focused on the challenges faced back home and how to retain belief in the possibility of peace. Senior Young Leader Sivan Kedem led a workshop on social activism. To keep in touch the girls decided to create their own Facebook group and they are already planning another meeting for early next year.
It is your donations that help make this happen. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Although we have almost met our Global Giving goal, we are accepting donations for this project throughout 2013. New donations will go towards the post-camp gatherings. Please consider making an end of year gift to these amazing young peacemakers.
SALAM, SHALOM, PEACE, PAZ.
On August 1 our campers and young leaders joined with young American women from Northern New Mexico to chalk their visions of peace at the Santa Fe Railyard. It was a beautiful and creative process with Israeli, Palestinian and American young women cooperating to send a message of peace and hope to the local community. Campers had previously met the American youth at our anual Girls' Circle, an event to promote international friendship and cultural exchange.
Creativity for Peace's unique program of dialogue, art and social activities, combined with sharing a community home, is the foundation for creating strong, compassionate and creative women leaders in Israel and Palestine.
Thank you for supporting our work.
This link is still accepting donations.
(Photo with permission from the photographer, Paola Gianturco)
We just received news that all of our Palestinian campers, including Sara, received their visas to come to the peace camp in the USA this summer. This was an important obstacle to overcome and your donations helped get us there.
We are also excited that Paola Gianturco, best-selling author and photographer, will be coming to camp this year to photograph our work. Paola has a heart connection to Israel and Palestine, having featured Machsom Watch (Checkpoint Watch) in her book GRANDMOTHER POWER: A Global Phenomenon. Machsom Watch is an organization of 400 Jewish Israeli grandmothers, all peace activists, who monitor military checkpoints in the West Bank, through which Palestinians must commute daily. We share a peace connection with this organization, and are grateful that Creativity for Peace is part of a “rising tide” of peace activism in the region, and throughout the world.
Good news too: WE REACHED OUR OPEN CHALLENGE GOAL of raising $5,000 from 40 unique donors in just four weeks! In fact we raised $7,163 from 87 donors. Our overall goal is $8,400. We are just $1,237 short. Thank you for helping get us this far.
We have an incentive for you to help get us to the stretch goal. Make a donation and share you good work with your social network between now and 15th June and you will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two signed copies of Paola’s book, GRANDMOTHER POWER: A Global Phenomenon. The book is beautiful, heart warming and inspiring – just like our campers!
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Camp is just around the corner.
Find out more through our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CreativityForPeace?ref=hl our or through website, http://www.creativityforpeace.com
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PEACEMAKER!
As we are busy fundraising to bring Johanna and Sara to camp, along with 12 other young women, our staff team in Israel and Palestine is busy helping the 2013 campers get ready to come.
The regional team reflects and models our vision of peaceful coexistence: always Jewish Israelis and Palestinians working together. As they face their own struggles and challenges created by the conflict, these women inspire our campers by showing that it really is possible to 'live the dream.' Whether it's our administrators, dialogue facilitators or housemothers at camp, our girls know we walk our talk.
With less than four days to go we are three quarters of the way to reaching our project goal of $8,400. We are 18th out of 351 organizations taking part in the open challenge - THAT'S AMAZING!
Thank you for your support in getting us here. Can you do one more thing for us?
Tell a friend about this campaign: send them the link and ask them to watch the video.
And enjoy your weekend - thank you!
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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
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