Located in Northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sanski Most is a town that is recovering from the scars of war and has no organized space for cultural and community development. Our goal is to build and manage a self-sustaining Peace Embassy, a community center and social enterprise with a focus on peacebuilding activities oriented towards nonviolence. The Peace Embassy will emphasize education, while also including tourism and business/community services to support embassy activities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
With the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995, much of the international community assumed that peace in Bosnia had been achieved. The situation within communities on the ground in BiH is quite different however. The wounds of war had caused unimaginable damage to the lives of people in BiH's various communities. Sanski Most suffers from a glaring lack of a community space, employment opportunities for youth and women, and a most needed safe space for reconciliation.
How will this project solve this problem?
CIM envisions a place where people can meet, learn, and grow as local and global citizens. To help meet these needs we propose the creation of a Peace Embassy: a secular and unbiased meeting ground where tolerance and dialogue can be fostered. Once operational, The Peace Embassy will strive to be a fully self sustaining enterprise.Although all current CIM activities will continue to be offered free of charge, The Peace Embassy's business ventures are designed to help cover ongoing expenses.
Potential Long Term Impact
We anticipate the Peace Embassy will become a place of interaction, learning, and skill-building for the residents of Sanski Most. The new building will also come with facilities/opportunities that will help us sustain ourselves without major external funding, and bring in income for our peace programmes. It will empower local and international volunteers with skills for employment and make our community grow into a safe, and peaceful town.
Total Funding Received to Date: $865
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,135
Total Funding Goal: $50,000