In December we set a goal to fundraise $2000 so we can start developing our small eco-tourism initiative and set money aside to buy a plot of land. Thanks to all of your contributions, we managed to raise $8000, 4 times the amount we aimed at.
December has also been a month of great progress on the ground in our local community. Out networking and all the meetings with local authorities are starting to show results. On Christmas Day, we held a reception in Sanski Most to disseminate our results with the local community. The mayor gave a speech in which he mentioned we have his support in building the Peace Embassy. One week later, the municipality voted for us to have the old train station building, should we require a back up plan. We are currently having negotiations, and researching what it would entail, and whether it is feasible for us to take on a restoration project. In the meantime we are in touch regularly with the local municipality to help us find either a piece of land to lease from the council, or to get financial help to buy a plot of land.
We are currently looking for a social enterprise development volunteer to help us write a strong business proposal and also look for grants to complement our fundraising efforts. Do you have any skills you can lend to this project? Do you know anyone interested in helping out? If yes, please do let us know.
Thank you for all your help in building the Peace Embassy!
With much gratitude,
The CIM Team
This summer we have focused on analysing the potential for CIM to develop income generating activies through ecotourism in Sanski Most.
After two months of research we have found the following:
There is good reason to assume that a tourism agency in Sanski Most will be profitable. Data shows that there is huge potential for tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially for outdoor and ecotourism due to the country's beautiful natural resources. CIM can make use of the growth of the tourism sector and of the natural wealth of Sanski Most and its surrounding areas to start a tourism business that offers activities like hiking, cycling and canoeing.
The BiH tourism industry has been growing throughout the past 10 years with ongoing positive trends. The growth rate of tourism from 2002 to 2012 was 5.85%, including negative growth rates in the years 2009 and 2010 caused by the global economic crisis. However, there is high potential for further growth, as the tourism potentials are not fully used yet. At the moment tourism in BiH composes only 0.2 % of the total European tourism. The World Tourism Organization estimates that BiHs overall tourism market growth potential exceeds 10 % annually through 2020. Such a high growth potential is estimated for only three tourism destinations in the whole world. As very promising for the development of tourism in BiH are regarded, amongst others, ecotourism, spa tourism, ski and moutain tourism and adventure tourism. Potential for all of these activities can be found right on our door step, all over Sanski Most and the surrounding area.
For the next few months until the end of the year, we will focus on:
– analysing tourist offers in the area of Sanski Most to estimate competition in that sector
– clearly outlining the tourism business
– estimating the possible economic impact in Sanski Most
– calculating a budget
– developing a strategy how to adress potential tourists
– making a more concrete risk analysis and developing strategies how to adress these risks
It's been three months since we've updated you on the Peace Embassy.
We've been held back by the recent floods that hit Sanski Most, but we know you have all contributed to our efforts to help our local community in one way or another. We are very grateful for all the kind messages, and moral support.
Every day we work towards making our vision come to life, and establish our Peace Embassy. If we were to write the latest developments in bullet points it would look like this:
On Wednesday July, 16th, we are taking part in the globalgiving partner rewards day. Should you choose to make a donation on this specific day, it will be matched by 40%. You can support us by sharing our project page with your contacts, friends, and family over social media, or by sending an email.
We hope you're having a very productive summer, and if you ever need more information from us, please do get in touch.
Many thanks for all your support.
Dear amazing supporters,
We have been making a small progress and our peace embassy plans continue to be developed.
Over the course of the last three months we have seen an increase in interest for the project and we are currently trying to get a volunteer reponsible for the overall project.
After we looked at the strategies we had in place, we decided to start taking small stepts to develop income generation projects. We are currently in touch with several people about the possibility of getting a donation to purchase bikes and rent them out for a profit as well as opening up the possibility of arranging local guided tours in the area. Our eco-tourism initiative will be developed in colaboration with Sanski Most's local outdoors club.
Your donations help us focus on our project and as soon as we will have more staff capacity we hope to start using the funds to initiate these small scale ventures to support our overall plan to build our Peace Embassy.
Please do share our project with your friends and family, or get in touch with us if you'd consider setting up a fundraiser activity. You will get all the help and support you need from us.
As a reminder, if you haven't liked us on facebook, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/SanskiMostPeace . If you are already connected with us, please make sure you get our updates by going to our page, click on the like botton and then click on "get updates" (facebook doesn't automatically show you our news).
We hope you are all well and enjoying spring, we've had a case of sporadic snow here.
Also, Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.
In 2013 we've managed to raise $765 for our project on Globalgiving, and we believe it has been a major accomplishment. The project is vast and requires a lot of resources, especially financial ones, though every day we are more and more optimistic about its prospects.
In the past few months we have managed to get professional business planning and analysis advice, and we are now working on developing a solid business proposal in order to also attract funding from big donors. Our team at the office and abroad are constantly researching the best and most efficient methods to generate sustainable income.
Community engagement with CIM has also grown considerably in the past year, and many stress the benefitial impact of a local community centre for Sanski Most. Particularly we've looked at how this local run social enterprise will incorporate creating new jobs, particularly for local unemployed youth. Eco-tourism will play a major role in the project, and we hope to start some of our income generation ventures this year.
With your support we can leave our desks at the office, and put some of our plans into action.
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