2017, November 12-18. Berlin. Fifty-seven years ago there was a city where its people were over night separated by a long wall. It was in a moment when the country was still recovering from terrors of previous wars. The wall remained there for 28 years and for Berliners and for the whole country it was […]
Berlin was chosen as the location where the 2nd Peace Work Institute session was held, including 30 young people from 15 European countries who got inspired and empowered for peace work in their communities.
August 11 – 13 at the YMCA Camp Daranak (Armenia), a Programme Forum was held for the Syrian – Armenian group leaders, within the YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation project – Local Capacities for Peace component. Read more…
“Peace begins with a smile” – said Mother Teresa; “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” – the words of Buddha; “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart” – George Michael; “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home” – you can […]
On 25-31 July, 2017 a summer tent camp was held in Patara village in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) by YMCA Artsakh in frames of the YMCA Europe “Roots for Reconciliation” project, Local Capacities for Peace component. Summer camp is the best way to unite young people with different hobbies, habits, thoughts and dreams. I have participated in […]
Karabakh for me is a place where amazingly beautiful nature is reflected in the souls of its citizens. I probably have never seen so openhearted and hospitable people, who are eager to host and feed a stranger as well as to sacrifice their lives for their Motherland any second of their being.
Young people can make a difference if they come together,reflect and share and act on there ideas, first thing is to change ourselves, then the others will look to us for inspiration and will act. Human potential is amazing…
I was here for the weekend as part of the planning team for our ‘Bridges for the Future’ seminar scheduled for 6-11th September in Pristina. The seminar is a product of YMCA Europe’s Roots For Reconciliation project.
“Peace has lots of meaning, but what is important… is what you do to get it”
What I learned through the workshop is this: Peace is a process of baby steps. And peace starts with relationships. Because relationships allow us the powerful experience of knowing someone beyond our preconceived notions of who they are and what they represent.