Oct 7, 2012

Thank you- Peace Camp a major success!

After months of preparation and a year of fundraising it all came together- thanks to you! From August 24-30, The Center for Peacebuilding held Peace Camp with 30 incredible youth from around the country.

When you read the news about the Balkans, it's hard to believe that we have any hope for the future. Everything is about ethnic divides and denying the wounds that all citizens of the country hold. Yet, for one week on the river Una, in Northwestern Bosnia, an amazing group of young Bosnians of all ethnicities, gathered to share their inner feelings, traumas, and wishes for their country. In these individuals we found young peacebuilders who want to work together and share their country with everyone-Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, Roma, Jews, and others.

After a challenging year with many changes, both good, and bad, Peace Camp restored me and my fellow director, Mevludin. The participants too, found energy, inspiration, and many things to learn from this week.

" I learnt that you cannot take the fact for granted that spirituality and peacebuilding are connected, and I have a lot more to work on to get to the point where spirituality and being a peacebuilder are connected inside of me". Peace Camp participant

As we continue this year, we will keep in touch with participants, and help them on their own journey to be peacebuilders with their families and communities.

This would not have happened without each and every one of you. Your support has helped us and strengthened our resolve to continue this uphill battle in so many ways. So again, thank you for your donations, and your positive thoughts, prayers, and energy.

As Always, In Peace

Jun 19, 2012

Preparing for Peace Camp this August

2011 Participants reflect on the day's lessons
2011 Participants reflect on the day's lessons

 

Preparations for Peace Camp are well underway!  Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to move ahead in planning our Peace Camp logistics.  Camp is scheduled to take place for a week in late August at Hotel Sedra, which is located on the Una River in the beautiful town of Cazin in Northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The owner of the Hotel believes in our work so much that he has booked our group even as we are still in the process of fundraising the full amount to implement the project.    
 
CIM’s staff recently sent out the invitations to apply to Peace Camp – we’ve reached out to communities all across Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially those most in need of reconciliation.  Through this year’s camp, we’ll be able to bring together diverse ethnicities and help them to see how building a peaceful future together is possible.  
 
With the program fully designed by our experienced Co-Directors, this year’s Camp is sure to be an incredible learning experience for everyone involved.  Already, we have a group of eight additional international participants from Great Britain who want to witness reconciliation firsthand.  With these exciting additions, we’ll have at least thirty youth attending peace camp and bringing back knowledge and skills for resolving conflicts peacefully to their respective home communities.  
Enjoying free time on the river bank
Enjoying free time on the river bank
 
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