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Search for Common Ground

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THE STORY:

In the spring of 2008, my friend Nicole Dial got her dream job -- working to promote education for women and girls in Afghanistan.

Four months later, she was killed there along with three other NGO workers when their clearly marked IRC car was sprayed with bullets by the Taliban. Nicole was 31.

Before she went to Afghanistan, she worked for Search for Common Ground on their child soldiers program, helping former child soldiers to build normal lives. Their work continues and I'd be grateful if you would make a donation to them in memory of Nicole.

Thank you.

 

Here's more about Search:

Why do we believe we can end violent conflict? Especially with reports of riots, gun violence, domestic abuse, and civil war filling the news each night.

We believe because of Innocent. Innocent – a Rwandan genocide survivor, slashed by machetes 15 times and grieving 36 murdered family members – did not become friends with the man who had hunted him by singing Kumbaya. He did so by searching within himself, finding the strength for a new answer, and then beginning a small business with his former enemy. Every day, he chooses to forgive instead of retaliate.

We believe because of Aliou. Aliou – the former leader of a youth gang known for their violence in Kindia, Guinea – turned his gang into a youth association committed to making peace in their community through music. Aliou and his friends now channel the potentially dangerous energies of unengaged youth in their hometown toward constructive activities. They opened the first local recording studio, encouraging youth to create music with messages of peace and social conhesion. Then they started a radio station to spread those messages as far as possible.

We believe because of Janet and Fatima. Janet, a Christian, and Fatima, a Muslim, are two young Nigerian girls living in neighborhoods plagued by inter-religious violence for over a decade, claiming thousands of lives. Janet and Fatima, breaking barriers of segregation and stereotype, wrote a play together about the violence and how to change things. Hundreds of students have watched the girls' play, learning from their words and their friendship.

Help unleash the power of people like Innocent, Aliou, Janet, and Fatima to end violent conflict around the world.

 

About Search for Common Ground:

End Violent Conflict
 
It's our purpose – Our call to action.

We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come.  We work with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together and find solutions.  We're an international team, with 83% of our team working locally, in the countries they are from - across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the USA. 

The three main avenues we use to end violent conflict are:

DIALOGUE+
Whether at the local or national level, we bring people together across dividing lines to discover and achieve shared goals. We work with those traditionally in power and those without a platform, like women and youth. Examples: leadership workshops, town hall meetings, back channel diplomacy, and more.

MEDIA+
While a dialogue affects dozens, media impacts millions. We use media to stir up thoughts and discussions across a whole society about the root causes of violence and how to overcome differences. Examples: TV dramas, call-in radio shows, music videos, comic books, and more.

COMMUNITY+
We provide a safe space for people to work out their conflicts at the local level. With some creative thinking, we bring divided communities, neighbors, and families together to discover their common humanity. Examples: participatory theater, shared business ventures, soccer matches, and more.

At the end of the day, we believe that conflict and differences are inevitable. Violence is not.

$1,171

MONEY RAISED
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  • RAA

    $20

  • Sandra Melone

    $500

  • Tomkin & Julie Coleman

    $50

  • Anne wigglesworth

     

  • Ingrid Case

    $10

  • Marion Blackburn

    $20

  • Elizabeth Yuan

    $20

  • Regina Guggenheim

    $18

  • Griffith Family

    $18

  • Jane D

    $100

  • Cousin

    $15

  • Daniel Greene & Lisa Meyerowitz

    $40

  • Alan and Carol Greene

    $100

  • Heather Faulkner

    $50

  • Stephanie Hare

    $20

  • Rachel Halliburton

     

  • Gollum

    $50

  • Lois

    $25

  • Suse Palk

    $20

  • Jamie Gray

    $30

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The Team: $53,201 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Search for Common Ground

Amount Raised

$45,304

Fundraiser Title

james meier

Amount Raised

$1,790

Fundraiser Title

Susan Krcmar

Amount Raised

$1,255

Fundraiser Title

Richard Greene

Amount Raised

$1,171

Fundraiser Title

Lisa Shochat

Amount Raised

$761

 

38% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carolynn

Amount Raised

$645

Fundraiser Title

William Hobgood

Amount Raised

$540

Fundraiser Title

Pat Byram

Amount Raised

$385

 

39% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Suse Palk

Suse Palk

DONATION: $20

What a great cause, run hard Richard! :) 5 years ago

Lois

Lois

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Gollum

Gollum

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Rachel Halliburton

Rachel Halliburton

5 years ago

Stephanie Hare

Stephanie Hare

DONATION: $20

Good luck with this run, Richard, and congratulations on raising this money in memory of your friend and her inspiring work. Much love, Steph 5 years ago

Heather Faulkner

Heather Faulkner

DONATION: $50

In memory of Nicole. Run, Richard, run. 5 years ago

Alan and Carol Greene

Alan and Carol Greene

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Daniel Greene & Lisa Meyerowitz

Daniel Greene & Lisa Meyerowitz

DONATION: $40

5 years ago

Cousin

Cousin

DONATION: $15

5 years ago