Fear and hatred of other communities, cultures and religions can often lead to violence. This project gives 24 young people from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Indonesia, the UK, & the US the opportunity to meet in a safe environment to confront prejudices and undertake cross-cultural learning. On return home, they develop their own community projects through our Global Alumni Programme. Encompass has empowered thousands of young people to share a message of hope and peace.
Encompass was created in memory of Dan Braden, killed in the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali. He was killed along with 201 other young people by those who saw them as Westerners and therefore the enemy. The Braden family concluded that, as long as one group of people is able to dehumanize the faith or culture of another, events like this would continue. They wanted to show that such indiscriminate killings could be prevented by educating young people to the value and humanity of each other.
Participants from diverse backgrounds, faiths and cultures, meet in a safe and neutral environment and are encouraged to confront issues of identity, prejudice & conflict through facilitated workshops, open & focused dialogue, and team building outdoor activities. They are then further supported to continue this peace building work in their home communities.
The real impact of Encompass kicks in when our young people take their skills and commitment out into their communities. Individuals and partner organisations then begin to share the enthusiasm and the belief in dialogue as a path to wider social engagement and understanding. To date, over 1,200 young people have undertaken the Journey of Understanding, whilst thousands more have been touched by the projects of our Global Alumni.