Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are happy to announce that after buying the land for the Peace Embassy, we have managed to organise our first activity in the space.
Despite not having walls or any building, we used our land to host a bbq for our volunteers, peace ambassadors, trainers, choir, and local community members. The event resulted in an exchange of views and ideas between our peace advocates, and the evening ended with traditional Bosnian songs and a lot of smiles.
We are currently using all our networks, and beginning the process of getting the next set of approvals and funding to build our peace embassy. The next goal we have set for ourselves is to finalise the contruction of the building by the end of 2016.
Thank you all for your wonderful and generous support. We hope you are enjoying autumn with all of its beauty and challenges.
The CIM Team
Since our last report, we have managed to successfully organise another annual Peace Camp training. During the summer months, we recruited 18 youth with ages between 18 and 25 and from the 22nd-29th August 2015, we trained our participants from Visoko, Priboj, Brcko, Vitez, Travnik, Mostar, Prijedor, Buzim, Kresovo, Han Pijesak, Sarajevo, Bjelina, and Banja Luka.
The programme included many workshops designed to facilitate personal transformation, to expand the participants' knowledge and perspectives on current issues in BiH, as well as to break down prejudices and use the activities as cultural experiences to find out more about different traditions and faiths. There were additionally workshops aimed at helping youth bring their learning to their communities. The youth learnt how to design and implement small scale peacebuilding activities upon their return home.
As a result of the training, 18 peace activities will be organised by the participants in their home communities. Some of the feedback from Peace Camp, and what the experience meant to the participants, is outlined in the comments below:
'This was my first time participating in peace camp and I was thrilled. First of all we had a very good quality of education and an opportunity to learn many things which will be practised in the future. What's more we had the opportunity to meet young young from different faiths. Given that the camp was such good quality, I got the motivation to continue to spread and work with these topics.'
'This is a place where we all are like one group where Nedela, Vinko and Marija, become real friends, where there are no tensions and anxiety, as there I have found my peace...here you arrive with some pain, but you return home recovered in some way.'
'I overcame many stereotypes, and learned how not to use prejudices. I learned what are the fundamental human rights, how to communicate, how to work in a team, and how to resolve conflict.'
Dear Peace Embassy supporters,
We are happy to announce that CIM has received an incredibly generous donation in addition to our fundraising efforts, and we will be buying a lovely piece of land for our new home in Sanski Most. We couldn't be more grateful to all of the people who have invested in this achievement through wonderful donations. In December last year, we fundraised close to $8000 on GlobalGiving, and with the final drop, we will be able to finally begin the process. If all goes well, the land will be CIM's in the next two weeks.
We will now begin the second stage of the process, which means we will actively need to work towards reaching our fundraising goal for the building. In the meantime, we will be talking to architects, constructors, find a project manager, and seek lots and lots of great individual pieces of advice.
We couldn't have done it without your help. In fact, without your support and encouragement, we don't know where we'd be now, but problably much further from our dream.
The building of the community centre is planned for Spring next year. In the meantime, please share this project with your friends and families, and have them pick what they wish to help us build in Sanski Most through our donation options. The timing is great, as on the 15th of July 2015, all our donations that come in early (9am EST, and 3pm Central European time) will be matched by 40%. It is the biggest bonus we will get on GlobalGiving throughout the whole year.
We wish to thank you all once again. We set a massive goal, and you have proved that when individuals get together for a common goal, we can indeed reach impressive milestones.
CIM's very happy team :)