One step at a time is how we approach challenges on Outward Bound Peacebuilding programs. An arduous mountain hike, a waterfall repel, taking on a leadership role, or an act of trust towards a perceived adversary – any of these achievements requires us to take one step at a time. Raising funds for our programs and building a community of support for Outward Bound Peacebuilding requires the same approach.
Raise Your Hand for Outward Bound Peacebuilding is our annual friend and fundraising challenge match campaign that celebrates Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s work with small groups of people that come together to build momentum for big change. During this campaign, we ask our friends, supporters, staff and alums to donate what they can and post on our Facebook page or send us pictures of themselves with hands raised in support of Outward Bound Peacebuilding. Our goal is $20,000 by the end of the year, an amount that will be matched 1 for 1 for a total of $40,000 – representing a critical 10% of our overall budget. For the last three years we have achieved this goal not through a few huge donations, but by small donations from many of you. Consider that if each of our supporters on Facebook donates $20 – we have our match.
The first step was linking arms. In that position, in a circle with elbows hooked into each other, it was impossible not to face the people you were standing with. The gesture was simple, really; standing in a circle and stating our appreciations one by one, but the simplicity of the exercise did not reduce its power or effectiveness. We spoke: I appreciate the rain. I appreciate a warm meal. We listened: I appreciate your courage and leadership. I appreciate your vulnerability. Arms intertwined before dinner, we practiced being grateful, and practiced echoing each other in a way that amplified each experience. With each statement made on the mountain trails of Costa Rica, our community was built.
– Emily Pistell, Alum, 2014 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding in Costa Rica, Outward Bound Peacebuilding
Outward Bound Peacebuilding believes that nonviolent change must be led by local leaders who are best positioned to solve the conflicts in their own communities and societies. Using the Outward Bound approach of experiential learning in the outdoors, Outward Bound Peacebuilding has delivered programming to emerging leaders across four continents since 2009. As part of the Outward Bound Peacebuilding community, we appeal to you to help us advance this work, one step at a time.
We don’t ask you to pour a bucket of ice water on your head, but we do encourage creative and imaginative posts. Donate HERE to support peacebuilding leaders around the world and Raise Your Hand for Outward Bound Peacebuilding and post a picture on our Facebook page or send us a picture (info[at]outwardboundpeace.org).
We appreciate your commitment. We are truly grateful your support.