Aug 14, 2019

Final Evian III Project Report & Update


Warm Summer Greetings to All My Friends & Project Supporters!

In this quarterly project update I will provide the latest status on the continuing progress I have made towards solidifying all the logistics and arrangements necessary for next month’s Évian III Student Educational Leadership Conference. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this report.

Serving as a brief review and to provide both historical and current context, last summer’s “Revisiting Evian” event theme of “Remembering the Past & Plotting a Course for the Future” at the Hotel Royal commemorated, to the exact dates, the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Evian Conference. The Conference was convened prior to the 1945 formation of the United Nations, after the conclusion of WWII, and was the first ever global attempt to settle an international refugee challenge via Diplomacy.

Last summer, there at the original conference site and within the same chamber, we brought together Human Rights Experts, Leading French & WWII Historians, Academicians, Authors, Government Officials, and International Jewish Leaders. Collectively, 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.

What has been accomplished in the past 90 Days:

• With the expert educational curriculum development guidance of two prominent Boston USA based leading global non-profit organizations; “Facing History And Ourselves” https://www.facinghistory.org/ and “Reimagining Migration” https://reimaginingmigration.org/, I have solidified an outstanding team of distinguished international educators, who sharing a common committed vision, are dedicated to recognizing the lasting significance of this Conference and its immense current and future educational potential.

• The formation of a talented and well-connected European task force who has cultivated new resources & relationships within the Geneva area; forging strategic & collaborative partnerships with institutions of higher learning and European Corporate leaders who drive social impact.

• Enlisted international student organizations and actual students who will act as the “student diplomats” for this program. This includes the confirmation of the representative from the Dominican Republic, an artulate and energetic college graduate with a degree in International relations. At the 1938 Evian Conference, the Dominican Republic was the only country willing to open their doors providing safe haven to displaced European Jewish refugees.

Why is supporting this event so important?

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

If you’ve become weary of people “demonizing” immigrants & recognize this is an issue of International Solidarity where through better understanding the connections between the Past, Present, and Future creates an ideal opportunity to educate the next generation of World Leaders & inspire political action.

Re-assessing the failed framework of this historic 1938 Conference and doing so again on-site in Evian, with the perfect backdrop at the Hotel Royal, students and individuals can apply the lessons learned there and use it as an educational tool; re-examining how as a World Community, we can can learn from our past misjudgments and guide us to do the right thing NOW.

What is the Conference Format & Agenda?

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, young “student diplomats” representing the same 32 original countries are being invited back to learn the complete genesis of the 1938 Evian Conference and apply its’ relevance to today’s world.

Designed to engage students in developing a deeper understanding into current global issues, a Model United Nations teaching methodology will be employed. 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”.

The plan is 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; continuing to fight intolerance and injustice in their respective countries.

The long-term goal of this project is for the “Revisiting Evian” Conference series theme to become a yearly internationally recognized event, growing in magnitude, influence, and impact.

What does your contribution go towards?

• Funds required to reserve lodging and accommodations at the Hotel Royal for the distinguished Conference educators and international “student diplomats”, also reservation of the on-site large assembly hall for the Opening Night Ceremonies.  
• The design, printing, and distribution of the Évian III Official Event Program and gold-sealed certificates of educational participation, completion, and “graduation” of the specialized training which will be presented to the students at the concluding evening ceremonies.
• Financing key meetings & travel to continue coordinating events; conducting lectures in the US and abroad helping to inform the public about the lasting significance of this historic Conference
• Working with institutions of higher learning in the US and in Europe to establish academic programs, develop educational curriculum, study abroad, student exchange, service learning, & scholarship program opportunities.
• Help to raise continuing awareness and create a deeper consciousness of social responsibility within political, governmental, and global organizations such as the UN in NYC & Geneva

As the Director of a small organization, run exclusively by volunteers, and doing so with very little infrastructure, administrative layers or overhead, your tax-deductible donations go directly towards these programs.

For your Financial Peace of Mind:

This Evian III project has been fully vetted as an approved GlobalGiving project partner for 2017, 2018, & now 2019. Having recently earned the coveted GuideStar “Gold Star” rating for Non-Profits, Sosua75.org is also a long-standing partner of Benevity; the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, volunteering and community investment.

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

My Personal Appeal to You:

As we are in the “home stretch” to the Conference, now a mere month away, I’m at a key inflection point in this overall project, having raised only a portion of the overall funds required. With time being of the essence your contributions are urgently needed and especially appreciated.

Ideally coinciding with a current GlobalGiving Fundraising promotion, from the moment you receive this message today until 11:59PM EDT, Friday, August 16th, ALL on-line donations of up to $50 will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving, effectively enhancing the impact of your contribution.

Having founded this NPO 5 years ago, never would I have imagined the timing of world events coinciding so well with the intention and objectives of this year’s Évian III Conference; that due to a favorable (or unfavorable in this case) combination of circumstances would place all of us in such a positive position to make a real difference.

Without your encouragement and financial support last year’s successful 80th Anniversary Commemorative event would not have transpired. Thank you! We all sense a purpose placed upon our hearts for deeply rooted causes and this, is mine, with the hope of collectively creating a lasting statement, not merely by our words but by our actions.

Please join me in helping to make this year’s event a reality by continuing to financially support this worthwhile program.

Should you have ANY questions, PLEASE contact me, via phone call, Skype, or email

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

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

Links:

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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