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.
Apr 20, 2016

We got the land!

 

The Peace Embassy has developed swiftly over the past several months. With the donation of a German supporter, CIM was able to purchase land in Sanski Most on which to build the Embassy. The land is flat, clear, and situated on the banks of the Sana river, not far from the center of the city.

 

Using the dimensions of this land, architecture students of Professor Bart Sapeta at Keene State University, USA are developing designs for the Peace Embassy. CIM has been engaging with the students on the designs, which are inspired by symbols of peace and aspects of Bosnian culture, in order to craft a design that best suits the Embassy’s many functions. The next presentation of these design proposals will be in May.

Dec 4, 2015

Peace Camp Outcomes in 2015

Our final Peace Camp activites have concluded in November 2015. This year's peace camp have again attracted wonderful and motivated participants from all over Bosnia.

After the end of the week, the participants went home to implement community peacebuilding activities.

Most activities included tours to local religious and historical sites, meetings with religious leaders at these religious sites, visits with youth organizations in the various regions, trips to museums, and time for socializing and discussion. Workshops with a focus on younger participants focused primarily on addressing stereotypes and ways to approach peace building activism. Participants in Mostar, after visits to local religious sites and an extensive discussion on their learnings, distributed leaflets through town with messages of peace.
In total they have organised 9 community events, and as a result they were able to reach out to 100 more people in their own towns and cities (Mostar, Travnik, Gornji Rahic in Brcko District, Buzim and Prijedor, Banja Luka in partnership with Helsinki Citizen’s Foundation, Kresevo and Visoko).

 

The participants also wrote stories of what Peace Camp has meant to them and we wanted to share one with you.

It was a very great honor for me to participate in this peace camp and to get to meet such nice people that I got to spend 7 days with. Those 7 days were great fun for me and I learned a lot. I learned how we all, regardless of how much we try, have prejudices about other people, but also how to minimize those prejudices. I learned how to be different and equal. I learned a lot about different religions. Religions that are and are not so familiar to me. The most important thing is that I learned something new about myself. I learned how to look at the world in a new way and to accept things the way they are, and try to be a better person. I thought about things that I didn’t think I was capable of talking about. And I felt relief. In these 7 days,  there were many smiles and tears, joy and frustration. And those feelings united us and made us into one. In one word, it was extraordinary. Thank you for that, Amra

 

Hope you will have wonderful holidays, and a winter full of joy and kindness.

 

Best wishes from Sanski Most,

Adelina and the CIM Team

Oct 8, 2015

First Activity at the Peace Embassy

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.

Best regards,

The CIM Team

 
   

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