On the 24th of August 2013 we will be starting the 10th Peace Camp organised by CIM in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Looking back on what we have achieved motivates us to continue this training, although since last year we have not managed to secure any major grants for our project.
Only in the past 3 years we have trained 77 active peacebuilders that went back to their home communities and implemented peace activities. The number of applications we recieve for the training has gone up by 60% in the last 3 years, and this year we recieved around 100 applications.
With your support for last year's peace camp, we managed to train 34 new peacebuilders, 32 from Bosnia and 2 internationals. If we multiply that by 20 hours of required peace activities that they implemented, that will result in 680 hours of workshops, presentations, and peace activities through art. During the peace camp we witnessed openess, tranformation, conflidence building, and more and more desire from people to stand up to the legacy of the Bosnian conflict.
Last week we hosted a former volunteer who came back to do an in-depth research of the impact of Peace Camp. Although the results they gathered won't be published for a few months, they found out that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and that the ripple effect of the Peace Camp is outstanding.
In the final weeks before our Peace Camp starts again, we appeal to our globalgiving donors to help us fund this year's project. As was the case last year, we do not have the funds to fully implement it, and at this point we could only accept 22 participants. Your donations, no matter how small or generous, have helped us to train the 34 participants last year, and that was solely due to our campaign on global giving. Please consider making a small donation again, on the eve of the 2013 Peace Camp.
Vahidin Omanovic, Mevludin Rahmanovic, and the CIM team