Day 12 of our 30 day challenge and we have raised an amazing $4,154 from 49 donors.
That’s only $846 short of our challenge goal of $5,000 and almost half way to our project goal of $8,400. Thank you for helping us get this far!
Your donation will help bring Johanna and Sara to camp this summer.
You are giving them an incredible opportunity to get to know their ‘enemy’ and to become empowered as young leaders for peace.
The camp experience is best expressed by the participants themselves. These quotes are from young women who attended our 2012 camp:
“Before I came to camp I thought I knew everything about the conflict because I know Arabs. I was wrong. The people that I know have never been through a life like the girls here. I was amazed by their strength and the love in their hearts … And the most important, made me believe in myself, that I really can change the reality and that I should never stop dreaming. Change is in us and we can control our lives and always find the strength to love and forgive.” Shelly, Jewish Israeli
“I expected that I wouldn’t know how to talk to the other side, but it was very easy. I will never forget this experience or take it for granted. I believe in peace because it can be achieved.” Janet, Palestinian from the West Bank
“The camp is the most amazing, powerful experience I’ve had in my life. I came with expectations to have fun and meet new friends but I left full of skills for life, new friends that have really been there for me and supported me at difficult moments. My advice is to come – it is positive and life-changing.” Eden, Jewish Israeli
“I’m holding my experience in this camp not as three weeks in life but a life in three weeks. I’ve learned a lot and gained a lot and I hope that I’ll pass my experience and knowledge to all the people around me. I appreciate such opportunity to converse, fight, argue, love, listen, and respect at the same time. I’ve learned that there’s no way to peace, peace is the way.” Shaden, Palestinian living in Israel
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A PEACEMAKER
At Creativity for Peace we are often asked, why do girls want to come to camp? The answers are as many and as varied as there are campers.
Some are curious to get to know their enemy. They have never had the chance at home.
Some are angry. They want others to know how painful their lives have been.
Some love art. They need to express their hopes and fears through different media.
Some simply want to visit America. They seek to move beyond the conflict and into new experiences.
But we know that all our campers are following a dream.
A dream of living at peace with their neighbors.
During the selection process for this year’s camp, Johanna shared that the hardest thing in her life was witnessing her brother come back home broken after serving in the army in the 2009 Gaza war. She said that she is tired of being told she cannot make a difference or change the world she lives in ... she believes she can make a difference … and your donation will help her make it.
Sara shared stories of her grandfather who used to write poetry for Palestine. Poems full of dreams and hopes for his homeland, dreams of peace. He passed away a year ago and Sara wants the opportunity to speak for him, for herself and for her fellow Palestinians … and your donation is giving her a voice.
On day five of our appeal to Give Johanna and Sara a Voice for Peace thirty two donors have helped us raise $2,080.
We’re at 42 percent of our challenge goal to raise $5,000 in 30 days, and 25 percent of our overall project goal of $8,400.
WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU - THANK YOU!
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