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.
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(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!
Day 12 of our 30 day challenge and we have raised an amazing $4,154 from 49 donors.
That’s only $846 short of our challenge goal of $5,000 and almost half way to our project goal of $8,400. Thank you for helping us get this far!
Your donation will help bring Johanna and Sara to camp this summer.
You are giving them an incredible opportunity to get to know their ‘enemy’ and to become empowered as young leaders for peace.
The camp experience is best expressed by the participants themselves. These quotes are from young women who attended our 2012 camp:
“Before I came to camp I thought I knew everything about the conflict because I know Arabs. I was wrong. The people that I know have never been through a life like the girls here. I was amazed by their strength and the love in their hearts … And the most important, made me believe in myself, that I really can change the reality and that I should never stop dreaming. Change is in us and we can control our lives and always find the strength to love and forgive.” Shelly, Jewish Israeli
“I expected that I wouldn’t know how to talk to the other side, but it was very easy. I will never forget this experience or take it for granted. I believe in peace because it can be achieved.” Janet, Palestinian from the West Bank
“The camp is the most amazing, powerful experience I’ve had in my life. I came with expectations to have fun and meet new friends but I left full of skills for life, new friends that have really been there for me and supported me at difficult moments. My advice is to come – it is positive and life-changing.” Eden, Jewish Israeli
“I’m holding my experience in this camp not as three weeks in life but a life in three weeks. I’ve learned a lot and gained a lot and I hope that I’ll pass my experience and knowledge to all the people around me. I appreciate such opportunity to converse, fight, argue, love, listen, and respect at the same time. I’ve learned that there’s no way to peace, peace is the way.” Shaden, Palestinian living in Israel
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A PEACEMAKER
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