May 20, 2019

Evian III 2nd Quarter Report to Supporters

Warm Greetings to All My Friends & Project Supporters!

In this quarterly project update report I’m proud to announce that last month Sosua75.org celebrated 5 years since its’ formal incorporation as a MA based and IRS registered 501(c)3 Charitable organization.

This is truly a milestone for which I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me to reach! Without your continuing encouragement and financial support last summer’s tremendously impactful “Revisiting Evian” event would not have come to fruition.

There on the shores of breathtaking Lake Geneva we remembered the 80th Anniversary of the original 1938 Conference where we re-examined the magnitude of the “9 days of indifference” which triggered the needless loss of millions of innocent lives, when the opportunity was clearly there to save them.

Witnessing the same complacency of the 1930’s re-surfacing again today, we are presented with the eerily similar contemporary challenges of “Building Bridges not Walls” and where understanding that every human being, regardless of their socioeconomic background, race, sex, or religion, has equal value.

My NPO represents these same ideals and I’m looking for like-minded individuals and organizations who share this common compassion of fostering hope to ALL globally displaced refugees who are searching for a better life & also believing that we must do everything in our power to help them do so.

Using this historically “infamous” 1938 Conference and again conducting this “3rd phase” back at the Hotel Royal presents the perfect backdrop and opportunity to re-examine how as a World community, we can can learn from our past mistakes and do the right thing NOW.

Turning my full attention now to prepping for this year’s Evian III program there is much yet needed to accomplish in the next 120 days. Coordinating the overall event logistics, searching for qualified and committed young International students representing the original 32 countries, and attracting top notch educators is an immensely challenging, yet absolutely achievable task.

Why is supporting this event so important today?

Understanding the connections between the past and the present creates an ideal opportunity to educate the next generation of World Leaders where young “student diplomats” from the same 32 original countries are being invited back to learn the complete history of the 1938 Evian Conference and apply its’ relevance to today’s world.

Last summer, we dedicated a WWII Commemorative Bronze plaque and situated it in the same meeting chamber where the original 1938 Conference was held. This year, with your help, we plan to be placing gold sealed graduation certificates into the hands of these international “student diplomats” where they will return home as subject matter experts and goodwill Ambassadors to their respective countries.

Designed to engage students and allowing them to develop a deeper understanding into current world issues, we will be employing a Model United Nations teaching methodology. Broken into smaller committees and assigned to represent their respective countries these specially designated young adults will learn about diplomacy and international relations via the use of critical thinking, debating, writing, public speaking, and teamwork skills to present educational simulations and participate in a “Mock 1938 Evian Conference”.

What does your contribution go towards?

Seeing my Facebook photos filled with smiles and happy faces you’d think “I’m Living the Dream” here but on the contrary it’s truly a struggle every day, every month, working independently for long hours and late into the night to garner the consistent level of funding support required to sustain even the basic infrastructure of this NPO.

Beginning in 2014, in the absence of any working capital and relying solely on personal savings and small charitable donations, I have been executing on the strategic vision of this organization ever since. Having received incremental donations from the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary,  Finland, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic now constitutes this project as truly an international one.

Petitioning for donations now for 5 years, possessing no administrative staff or ever drawing a paycheck to keep this NPO and vital project alive, there’s nothing more deafening than the “sound of silence” after making a financial appeal. Your contribution goes directly to:

  • Financing key meetings and my travel to provide lectures and coordinate events in the US and abroad to inform the public about the significance of the Evian Conference
  • Working with institutions of higher learning to develop educational curriculum and study abroad opportunities through the development of student exchange & scholarship programs
  • Establishing academic programs and immersing young minds on the post secondary level to further investigate & document the major impact of Evian & the subsequent establishment of the WWII Sosua agricultural settlement

For your Financial Peace of Mind:

This Evian III project has been fully vetted in 2017, 2018, & now 2019 as an approved GlobalGiving project having just last month earned the coveted GuideStar “Gold Star” rating for Non-Profits.  

For transactional safety both the fraud detection/protection and SSL encrypted security software technologies employed for the payment gateway are the latest updated versions.

This is a critical fundraising message at a key inflection point in the overall project. Now in its’ aggressive “3rd phase” transpiring within a 15 month period, I’m asking you to invest in ME where, by my ACTIONS and not merely by my words, I have clearly demonstrated substantive program progress, that I am a leader in this space, and that this project is worthy of continuation and your support.

I can not emphasize enough to PLEASE contact me, via actual phone call or Skype preferred, with any questions or participation/sponsorship details you may have.

True generosity is very hard to find these days so I hope I have inspired you to continue to help me educate future generations through the lessons of Evian so “To Evian and Beyond”!

With Deep Appreciation & Warm Regards,

Elihu “Hugh” Baver

Director of “Evian III Student Educational Leadership Conference

Board Chairman of Sosua75.org

603-502-7711

SKYPE ID: hugh.baver

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Feb 21, 2019

2019 Evian III Student Educational Symposium Leadership Conference

Meeting at US Dominican Embassy in Santo Domingo
Meeting at US Dominican Embassy in Santo Domingo

Dear Friends and Long-standing Evian Project Supporters,

It is amazing how quickly 3 months can fly by but here we are again!

First and foremost, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your advocacy and the continuing financial contributions you have generously given towards the success of this project.

As a positive outcome stemming from the momentum of last summer’s successful “Revisiting Evian” event and based upon a suggestion from one of last year’s key note speakers, this year’s plan is to modify the program’s format by inviting college students from the same original 32 countries to attend and participate as “student diplomats” in the 2019 “Evian III” Student Educational Symposium Leadership Conference.

Through the guidance and instruction of globally recognized Educational curriculum developers and subject matter experts, we will engage and immerse these young adults in intensive educational sessions centering around the history and significance of the 1938 Evian Conference and its relevance to today’s contemporary issues of immigration and displaced refugees around the world. 

Last year a momentous step was introduced, undertaken, and currently underway as a result of the 2018 event; the UNESCO submission for Sosua to become a World Heritage Site. Attaining this distinction will truly put the interconnected nature of both Evian France and the Dominican Republic “on the map” for their huge role in saving Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.

Although I’m working hard everyday to enlist new individual and global corporate sponsors to help defray the travel, lodging, and associated meal expenses at the Hotel Royale, your valued tax deductible contribution, in any amount you can afford, will truly make a huge difference in the overall quality of this year’s program.

Whether it be subsidizing the printing costs of the Evian III program or the Certificates of Achievement and participation which these students will take back to their global communities, or even to cover 1 dinner for one student on one evening, every $ dollar contributed will go directly towards making this year’s event as impactful and life changing as possible for these students.

Although still falling short of last year’s GG overall project goal, I’m committed to continuing this important work because I have seen firsthand the positive results of raising global awareness this event has produced.

Please consider making a sustaining donation to Sosua75 to keep the positive momentum of my work going or kindly feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Hugh Baver 

603-502-7711

Article in DR newspaper on UNESCO World Heritage
Article in DR newspaper on UNESCO World Heritage
Meeting US Dominican Ambassador Robin Bernstein
Meeting US Dominican Ambassador Robin Bernstein
Introduction to Puerto Plata Mayor Walter Musa
Introduction to Puerto Plata Mayor Walter Musa
Historic Plaque Ribbon cutting w/Evian Resort GM
Historic Plaque Ribbon cutting w/Evian Resort GM
With Shimon Samuels from Simon Wiesenthal Center
With Shimon Samuels from Simon Wiesenthal Center

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Nov 21, 2018

11/9 Geneva UN Press Conf / HR Plaque Dedication

Ribbon cutting ceremony with HR GM Laurent Roussin
Ribbon cutting ceremony with HR GM Laurent Roussin
Dear Friends and Supporters,

It’s that quarterly time of year again where I submit an updated GlobalGiving report on the progress I have made with this project within the last 3 months. I’m extremely pleased to inform all of you that our mission has been successful and sending this report in concert with the recent November 9th Kristallnacht 80th Anniversary in Geneva and in Evian & my personal favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving, is wonderful timing!

Surprisingly, my initial estimates back in December 2017 of the associated costs of manufacturing the historic bronze plaque & overall coordination of both this Summer’s July 11th “Evian Revisited” event and recently completed UN Press Conference, (followed immediately by the Evian Hotel Royal Plaque Dedication Ceremony), were, after post event(s) evaluation, very close to the actual #’s required to successfully complete it
 
Since being accepted into this GlobalGiving accelerator program, (over a roughly 10 month period), thanks to all of your graciousness and generosity, I have raised approximately $6300 towards my stated goal of $10,000. I was not going to let the $3700 shortfall derail the merits of those who embraced my dedicated vision and the ultimate success of this project so I covered the delta with my own personal funds. Having the opportunity to do this all over again I will not change a thing!

This entire Charitable fundraising process surprised me in many interesting ways as many individuals or globally based organizations I counted on as true longstanding friends and partners who had stated their intentions to help the cause went MIA, yet others, who I may have only recently met this past year, completely stepped up and surprised me with their generosity. Everyone knows who they are on either side of the spectrum ;)
 
Three outstanding organizations, led by the NH based Lantos Foundation, even contributed twice within the year and I could not be more thankful to them. Without their foundational generosity, and ALSO notably the management of the Hotel Royal in Evian, France, the likelihood of my writing you this positive successful report would not be possible.
So to EVERYONE else, truly any $ amount which has been given, no matter how small, has made a HUGE difference in the overall need to cover the expenses associated with seeing this project through. From the $36 donation which covered a monthly Sosua75 office electric bill to a $100 donation which paid for the printed programs/agenda in Evian, & so many other examples, NONE of your generosity and faith in my efforts will EVER be lost on me. The mosaic of giving which translated into truly “History Being Made” is a tribute to ALL of you and I hope you feel a part of it!
Now totaling over 6.5M worldwide, while some completely “out of touch” and insensitive world leaders illogically view immigrants and refugees as “invaders” or “threats” to civilized countries, just as 31 countries did in 1938 at the Evian Conference, then followed by “Kristallnacht” a mere 4 months later, leading to the terrible consequences of Hitler’s Final Solution and millions of innocent lives murdered, there is one unique factor which significantly differentiates what happened in Sosua/DR after the 1938 Evian Conference.
 
The subsequent successful Sosua settlement established in 1940 demonstrates the undeniable fact that Sosua is a role model of best practices where refugees seeking “safe haven” were not only “admitted” but “accepted”, then given a path to citizenship where they became active and productive members of society.

Particularly in light of the continuing unforeseen natural disasters and horrific incidents of escalating gun violence in the US, I do realize there are many worthy causes to contribute your hard earned year end tax deductible year donations towards. However, on this GivingTuesday please keep Sosua75 and our noble mission and objectives in mind to meet the 2017 stated goal of $10,000. We are very close and it would be a wonderful way to close out this successful project and 2018.
With my personal heartfelt thanks to ALL of you who have contributed to support and encourage me over the past year to make this project vision a reality, I wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays!
Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out and contact me personally
Best,
Hugh Baver
Ready to reveal the Historic Commemorative Plaque
Ready to reveal the Historic Commemorative Plaque
Plaque Unveil in same room where 1938 Conference
Plaque Unveil in same room where 1938 Conference
Plaque Unveiled before assembled group
Plaque Unveiled before assembled group
UN Press Room where reporters Q's were answered
UN Press Room where reporters Q's were answered
@UN w/SWC's Shimon Samuels & HR's Marc Figueiredo
@UN w/SWC's Shimon Samuels & HR's Marc Figueiredo

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