Dear Friends, The workplan: Raising Peace – from Grassroots actions to Global Campaigns promoting Peace and Human Rights for 2014 was approved by the Council of Europe. Following the Plan of Action the workplan aim are to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education. The objectives that were set to support the network in achieving this aim are:
To improve the quality of the coordination work carried out in the peace and human rights thematic area of action; To raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, underlining the fact that construction of peace is the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society; To increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education and able to act as multipliers; To increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary
In all my years of volunteering I would say that today (which has been the culmination of months of hard work) has been one of the most gratifying days ever. In a nutshell I have recently sourced enough free food to supply both the newly formed Piikani Food Bank and Piikani Soup Kitchen ad infinitum, and today we had the opening 'ceremony' for both endeavours. This is purely a Piikani Nation Homeless Working Group initiative (of which I am the only 'employee'), and therefore a huge feather in the cap for Frontiers Foundation.
I have enclosed a photo of the opening (we had an elder give a blessing and had a ribbon cutting, followed by the feeding of the homeless and food hampers to take home - all from the food bank/soup kitchen). As I say, it has been a lot of hard work and I may have had to 'bulldoze' my way forward on occasion due to 'nay-sayers' but when it means the homeless are fed and warm (we had snow here today!) then bursting a few people's egos is worth it.