As we go further into 2015, progress towards the Peace Embassy is advancing .
Firstly, the local mayor has dedicated much time to advocating for CIM to get a building to renovate on leasehold, and had meetings with the Ministry of Culture in Sarajevo. In these meetings he has presented the condition of a historic monument in Sanski Most, and emphasised the need for restoration, as well as adding another floor to suit CIM's needs for a community centre.
Interest in building a peace centre in the local community has also gotten more interest from funders. A major donor has reserved funds for renovation purposes, whilst a current partner has agreed to fund the building and running of a private kindergarten within the centre.
Finally, next week we will welcome our first social enterprise volunteer from the US, who will primarily work on the development of the Peace Embassy. Chelsea will work with our current volunteers to gather information and find additional resources to move the project forward. She will stay with us for the next 6-9 months.
Spring has arrived in Sanski Most. We hope the warmth has reached you too, wherever you are. Thank you very much for all your support so far.
Warm hugs from the CIM Team
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.
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