Call for Peace projects
By Jean Paul Peretz
The third International Peace Day Celebration in SMA on September 21st was wonderful!
Organizers Camino de la Paz, Rotary, Allende la Cultura and Comnapaz had three goals: Celebrate peace at time where violence and disharmony seem so prevalent; elevate the consciousness that peace is possible and offer tools to people who want to find and spread peace.
We received many positive reactions from participants and attendees. Here is some of the feedback:
Ron Smith of Santa Fe Learning who presented collaborative games says:
“We put on harnesses/helmets on two 8 and 10 year old brothers who wrote a peace message and climbed on a rope to “deliver” their message to the Peace Bucket. An adult woman refused additional help….” I can do it” and so she did. We got written peace notes from groups of younger students and several adults.”
“After the peace event, a woman listened to a spiritual broadcast that she normally would not have been interested in. This broadcast changed her mind about our current political situation.
‘…It made me see how I have chosen the path of least resistance to the chaos that this election is bringing but I see things differently now.´
I often doubt that public events are helpful in creating change, but I believe this time it was. If it happened to one person, it might have happened with many. I wanted to express my gratitude for Camino de la Paz’s efforts to create a more peaceful San Miguel.” Laura Shermer
“I felt honored to speak about Peace in front of the Parroquia. My approach is one of personal transformation in consciousness.
I was so pleased to see so many people gather, and most wearing white. I thought the speakers gave excellent talks” Rev. Nancy Anderson
Regidora Lolita del Refugio Dolores represented the municipality and participated in the dedication of the future peace monument site in Parque Juarez, affirming the interest of local government in making peace in Miguel a UN recognized International City of Peace.
We plan to follow up with durable projects that will impact people´s life and promote peace year round: we invite everyone who has such a well thought out project and would like our support to submit a proposal of 3 pages maximum explaining your idea with the following:
- The objective of your proposal (what you want to do?)
- How will it promote peace
- The targeted segment of the population (who do you want to help?)
- Your method (how you are going to do it?)
- The value generated or saved by the project (what benefit or how much money it is going to bring people you are helping?)
- What would be the initial procedure (How you see your idea being implemented?)
- A budget with itemized list initial of costs
The deadline for submission is October 21 2016
Please contact us by leaving a message on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/caminodelapazSMA or email info@CaminodelaPaz.org