Dare for Genocide Awareness and Hope

A Peacemaking Project by Raquel L.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Dare for Genocide Awareness And Hope is an advocacy organization that works with I-ACT.  This advocacy organization is for artist and writers to advocate for Rwanda, Chad and Darfur refugees. I will write articles, draw pictures or write fiction stories and paint their point of view. Activists are welcome to submit artwork too.Refugees can add their artwork and writing too.  In the end result we are sending the books of  the writing and artwork and sending it to the refugees to give them hope. We have successfully sent out DFGAAH books to Chad through I-Act on our first mission and recently I-Act got our second and third book out. Our next goal is to send the fourth book to Chad.  DFGAAH also raises money for International Rescue Committee and I-ACT. One of our goals is to create a college in Chad for refugees.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Hate and lack of education
we will address this
by building a college for refugees and making books filled with hope and supplies.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Get book supplies for school

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Making books of love and buying them supplies

How will you show courage?

How will you collaborate with others?

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

By forming a group and building connections with the Darfur community and getting money and loans to form the school

Key Steps

  • Notebooks, Pens, pencils, textbook, color pencils, erasers,

Comments:

Jenny L. Peace First Staff
3 April 2018 11:47

Hi Raquel! How are things going with your project? It's great that you resubmitted your mini-grant application. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you think through any questions you need to answer or information you need to complete to receive your mini-grant and get your project underway! I'm excited to hear more about your thinking now on this really important work - Jenny  

Jenny L. Peace First Staff
19 March 2018 13:04

Hi Raquel. So glad you're still excited about this project to help refugees. I think an important place to start could be to revisit your compassionate insight to make sure you've really captured the essence of the problem that you're trying to address and that you've got a good understanding of the different factors that are contributing to the problem. As you move forward with planning your project, knowing more about who/what is causing the problem will help you a lot! I suggest you take a look at the comments Raul posted on your insight, and you could also try checking out these Problem and Solution Trees tools @ https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees to help make your project the most effective it can be. I'm excited to see how the next stage in your thinking and to work with you as you crystalize your vision and project plan!  

Raquel L.
19 March 2018 10:52

Thank you so much! How should I start this project?  

Jenny L. Peace First Staff
16 March 2018 14:23

Hi Raquel!

I'm really excited to be coming on-board as your project mentor. I love the fact that you are focusing on supporting refugees, especially in countries like Chad, Darfur and Rwanda which are no longer in the news every day, but where there is still vital work to be done. I am looking forward to providing the support you need to help you move forward with your project - just let me know how often you'd like to connect and how I can best help you and we can get going from there.

Thank you again for choosing to dedicate your time and efforts to this important issue!
Jenny  

RaulPF C.
9 March 2018 14:18

Hi Raquel!
Thanks again so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I want to give you feedback on your insight:

"To solve this injustice of
Hate and lack of education
we will address
this
by
building a college for refugees and making books filled with hope and supplies."

Thanks for sharing your insight. It is great to see how you are wanting to use art to work with a particular group of people. In order to be able to move forward and assess your plan, we would like to learn a bit more about how you are connected to the refugees you are wanting to work with. Have they been part of the design of the activities you are proposing? What were their reactions?

For the insight, it would be really great if you were able to explain a little bit more the injustice you are trying to solve and in particular, explaining your current understanding of the root cause of hate and lack of education.

Looking at some examples of projects that we have identified as having strong insights could be a great way to brainstorm how to make your insight stronger. Some ideas that come to mind:

- https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/rainbow-formal-wv
- https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/love-without-hurt-teen-advisory-board-party-prevent

Also, we encourage you to use our toolkit which we believe could make your plan even stronger: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/peacemaker-manual

We look forward to hearing more!

Raul  

RaulPF C.
7 March 2018 8:18

Hi Raquel,
Thanks so much for sharing your project. We'll be giving you feedback on your project insight soon, and then you can submit a mini-grant application!

In the meantime, check out some other projects that are working on similar issues:

https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/critical-thinking-peace
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/student-alliance-international-literacy-project-sail

We encourage folks to connect with people working on similar topics, as networks only strengthen our work--drop by some of these links if you have time and comment on what others are doing, ask questions, and generally get to know people!

Thanks so much for doing this important work. Let us know if you have any questions, and if there are other ways we can support you!

Best,

Raul