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Build peace right from home

The “Building Peace Project” aims at bringing the youth from different countries to come together to dialogue with each other and to build peace. Our flagship initiative will be launched with participants from India and Pakistan.

How will this work?

- The program will take in Twenty Participants in all - Ten boys and Ten girls, aged between 18 and 30. (Five men and Five women from India, and Five men and Five women from Pakistan)

- Each participant from one country will be paired with a participant from the other country. For a year, they will be brought together to communicate and dialogue with each other. These exchanges will be via postal mail, e-mail, Skype, Whatsapp and other technology driven communication applications subject to preference, availability, ease and convenience of the participants themselves.

- While the participants will be free to discuss, bond over and share anything they want to, a simple curriculum will be created so that they get to discuss some relevant and pressing issues that will culminate in understanding each other and in building peace with each other.

- On each side, each participant will maintain a peace journal that REF will provide for them. These journals will have handwritten entries made by the participants on what they have come to learn, what they have come to understand about another’s culture, and how they have evolved by the experience.

- After a year, REF will bring the boys and girls together for a summit of sorts, and all the participants will come together to agree on a “Building Peace Manifesto” of sorts, where peace-building will be the key, and they will seek out their governments to resolve the differences between their two countries to make peace.

Deadline for applications: February 20, 2014
To apply, click here: http://www.redelephantfoundation.org/p/building-peace-project.html

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Kim Crane's picture

Resource Exchange

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TheRedElephant's picture

Thanks for the tip :)

Thanks for the tip :)

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Sounds Excellent !

Dear RedElephant,

The Building Peace Project sounds excellent! Thank you for describing it so well and for sharing it with us step-by-step.

I wish you, the youth who participate and other organizers all the very best in this valuable endeavor.

Respectfully,

Sarah

smothyz's picture

love the idea!

for long India and Pakistan have been at logger heads and i believe that peace building starts with us. the initiative is really good and i know and believe that it shall work.

do let me know how it goes. have you already started?

Claudia.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that. -Martin Luther King Jnr.

kirthijay's picture

Thanks so much Claudia! We

Thanks so much Claudia! We are due to start on March 1 :) Applications are still open!

smothyz's picture

All the best.

Well, am sure it shall be successful.....peace is what we all crave for and so peace we shall ask and work towards it. May India & Pakistan know peace.

Claudia.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that. -Martin Luther King Jnr.

Lea's picture

This is a fantastic

This is a fantastic intiative, RedElephant and kirthijay!
I love the idea and really believe that exchange through any type of means of communication is a way to build a community and to foster dialog among people of different cultures.
Is this project only for people from Pakistan and India? If you need any help with the Skype sessions and discussions, let me know.

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you all, you kind and

Thank you all, you kind and amazing souls! :)

Lea, this is initially only for these two countries, but with time, I hope to expand it to a global network. :) We will definitely get in touch with you for help on Skype and discussions online!

Much love to all of you!

ccontreras's picture

Sounds like a very neat idea! :-)

I am truly looking forward to the outcome of this program! Although I am certain it will be a success! Very innovative!

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

kstraut's picture

Jai Red Elephant!

This is an amazing project. Having just spent 6 months in India, I know how tense the relationship between the two countries are. What an intuitive way to approach this age-old rift between nations--to humanize the peoples of both places. When we interact with those whom we've bee culturally geared to resent, we realize that they are humans, just as we are, and just as deserving of respect, love, and flourishing! What sorts of issues will be brought up in the curriculum? I am sure it will be difficult but rewarding to devise practical solutions to the issues facing these two beautiful countries. Keep up the inspiring work!

--Kendall

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you ALL for your kind

Thank you ALL for your kind wishes!

Kendall, your thoughts are echoed in our sentiments entirely! We hope to address the core issues in dispute between both countries and want to infuse a lot of room for tolerance, diversity, acceptance and respect through the medium and vehicle of dialogue! :)

Best,
Kirthi

muhorakeye's picture

Ce que vous faite c'est un

Ce que vous faite c'est un bon travail pour que courage Je suis sûr que ce sera difficile mais gratifiant de trouver des solutions pratiques aux problèmes auxquels font face ces deux beaux pays. Continuez le travail inspirant je vous souhaite la réussite a ce jolie travail tues une femme impartente dont la societe a besoin.

Muhorakeye Esperance

TheRedElephant's picture

Merci! :)

Merci! :)

KOMoore's picture

The RedElephant

Dear RedElephant,

What an inspiring project for all of the obvious reasons. It will result in strong evidence to support new ways to create peace. You must have great compassion for young people too. I will recommend use this example to illustrate the transformative potential of internet access. I hope we get to read about the results in future Word Pulse newsletters.
With great Appreciation,

Karen

TheRedElephant's picture

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Thanks SO much!

BAJIRA CHISHUBA's picture

Votre commentaire

Merci pour votre article commentaire à propos les jeunes , oui c'est une bonne initiative , de pouvoir réunir les jeunes des pays différent c'est bon cet échange d'expériences.
Ma préoccupation est celle-ci: voudrierez-vous penser aussi aux jeunes congolais aussi pour ces échanges?
Et surtout qu'ils sont les mieux placés à la recherche de la paix comme ils l'ont tant perdu?
Eh bien, comme vous avez commencé par ces deux pays, la prochaine fois se sera le Congo je , je le souhaite bien
Merci et à plus

bajira

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you! Please let us know

Thank you! Please let us know how we can work together!

Trudy's picture

Brave and Wonderful Project

Dear Red Elephant,

You have a wonderful project that is well thought out. Please remember that all of the World Pulse readers are sending thoughts of gratitude and World Peace your way. We all want to see this project be successful and expand! I am definitely looking forward to hearing their ideas on expansion of their communication, what challenges they have met, and what more they might be able to do. Please stay in touch with us!

Sue (aka Trudy)

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"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
(Walt Disney)

Ann Fishburn's picture

A Wonderful Project

What a great undertaking to foster understanding and peace. This is the best use of technology! I look forward to hearing more about this project and from the young people involved.

In hope and peace,
Ann

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you ALL! :) :) We will

Thank you ALL! :) :) We will keep updating this space with progress on the project! :)

boughnea's picture

What a wonderful idea!

This is the best idea I have heard in a very long time! How great to expose young people to the differences of others and the hardships they may face, and how great to think of them problem solving and brain-storming together! I hope it goes great, can't wait to hear how this progresses in the future.

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you SO much dear

Thank you SO much dear friend! :) :) *hugs*

CamilaFMScialla's picture

Great Work

Hello The Red Elephant,

Thank you so much for sharing about your initiative. I love seeing projects that bring different groups of people to get to know one another and discuss important issues. I look forward to hearing how your project goes and the impact it has.

Camila

Camila

Wells's picture

What an exciting project!

What an exciting project! It is sure to be very meaningful to the participants. Thank you for telling the World Pulse community about it.

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