Center for Peacebuilding

CIM develops peacebuilding programs to foster peace and reconciliation among different ethnic and religious groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our activities are designed to bring about comprehensive social change focusing on youth.
Jul 10, 2015

How close are we to start building? Very!

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. 

Yours, 

CIM's very happy team :)

Apr 10, 2015

Local Ownership, Developments and New Skills for our Peace Embassy

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

Jan 9, 2015

December Challenge-a Success! Thanks to you!

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

 

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