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Amani A.

June 06, 2018

Dear Fatima,

Congratulations to you and your team on finishing your peacemaking project, well done!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your work during the project implementation and what you have learned so far! I am on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share your work.

I would like to provide you with some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future: I really appreciate that you used the participatory learning during the workshops. Also, it was great to learn that you gave a space for the participants during and after the workshops to designing and carrying out the workshops with you and even helping in improving the curriculum that you have used during these workshops.
Would you be able to share some insights or feedback from the participants on these workshops? We would love to learn more and get a better sense of the impact of the project!


We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!

Amani
Kelsey T.

April 17, 2018

Hi Fatima! Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I am so impressed by your incredible work! You are working on an incredibly complex and important injustice and have clearly done a lot of thinking about the resources and support needed for women/femmes of color as a result of misogynoir. You've done a great job of coming up with a concrete plan. You've done an excellent job articulating the three 3's of courage, compassion, and collaboration, and I am particularly struck by your expression of how you will be courageous by sharing your own journey, practicing what you preach and being "soft and vulnerable" -- that is such a beautiful expression of courage! You have also come up with a clear list of steps -- inclusive of a survey to better track your impact and improve going forward.

Things to Consider:
Although I absolutely understand your thinking and it strong the way it is, I think your compassionate insight could be a little bit clearer -- It strikes me that misogynoir may be the injustice (as opposed to the root cause) and that the other things you have listed in the "injustice" section are interrelated symptoms of that injustice.
You may want to continue to refine it to create a concise "theory of change" that everyone can follow immediately. (See this tool to see what I mean: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-4-compassionate-insight)
I wonder if your project is actually directly addressing a different root cause of the many injustices and negative consequences folks experience due to misogynoir? I think continuing to return to exploring the many interconnected root causes and mapping out the system is always helpful as you continue to grow and evolve your work and would offer up the problems & solution tree tool as an interesting exercise to continue to return to as you continue your work and discover additional insights along the way! https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees

If you haven't already, I think it would be powerful to think of additional ways to capture a sense of your impact in addition to the surveys -- how can you incorporate a creative evaluation element into the event itself or and include check-ins throughout so attendees can co-create their experience together. How can you lean into the incredible resources you've sourced (including photography and videography) as part of this plan of capturing a sense of your impact and the experience (interviews, etc. on the day).

Congratulations and best of luck with your project! Excited to see photos and hear how it goes!

Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Hi Fatima,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian
Adrian B.

March 29, 2018

Hi Fatima,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian
RaulPF C.

March 06, 2018

Hi Fatima!
Thanks so much for posting this project. Thanks for sharing the video as well to learn more about how you decided to work to address the injustice you identified. I think that creating safe spaces for healing and empowerment are so key to address some of the issues you are working on.

As a next step, I invite you to submit your insight so that you can receive additional support including access to up to $250 mini-grants.

You can do that at: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/harlem-lighthouse/dashboard/compassionate-insight

I look forward to learning more and to see how we can support your amazing work.

Have a great day!

Raul