This week, we launched our Indiegogo campaign, If They Can Choose Peace…Anyone Can,
to raise $15,000 to support the Parents Circle in engaging bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have not yet joined the organization and provide them with training to become advocates for
peace. We’re almost there — we’re at 75% of our goal!
We have received a generous matching gift from the Source of Hope Foundation. If we reach our fundraising goal of $15,000, they have pledged $10,000 to the campaign! Help us reach that goal this week!
Please help spread the word about our campaign! Here are some ways you can help:
New Israeli Co-Director for the Parents Circle
We are happy to announce the appointment of Rami Elhanan as the new Israeli Co-Director of the Parents Circle. Rami Elhanan will be working hand-in-hand with Mazen Faraj, the Palestinian Co-Director of the Parents Circle.
Rami Elhanan lost his daughter, Smadar, in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem in September, 1997. He has been a Parents Circle member for the last 18 years. Read more of his inspirational story here.
We wish Rami Elhanan every success in his new role.
We are excited to launch our 2016 Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise $15,000 so that we can connect and engage with bereaved Israelis and Palestinians who have not yet joined our organization, provide them with Parents Circle program scholarships and encourage them to join us in using their stories of loss to inspire hope and reconciliation.
We need your help! We have already raised 40% of our objective. Please make a donation and help us reach our goal. You can donate here.
The Parents Circle doesn’t want new members; we want the cycle of violence to end, but this conflict continues to take innocent lives on both sides. Help us continue our efforts to reach out to the bereaved and invite them to take part in our programs. Our members are our greatest resource in combatting hatred and divisive propaganda, in the pursuit of a lasting peace and an end to the cycle of violence and bereavement.
Help spread the word about our campaign through emails, social media, and word of mouth. We hope to reach new supporters and audiences through this campaign in addition to reaching our funding goal of $15,000. Share this page with your friends!
The funds we will raise will help our outreach coordinators meet with new members and will provide 15 scholarships for new members to participate in dialogue meetings, narrative workshops, and peacebuilding activities as they become advocates for peace and reconciliation.
You can help a little or a lot – please reach out to Christopher Beachy (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about how to be involved.
American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum
While watching the bereaved African-American mothers on the stage at the Democratic Convention, I thought just how much we mothers, who have lost children, have in common, regardless of color, creed or national identity. I thought that all bereaved mothers in the world should rise up together and say, “Enough! Stop the killing. Let our children live out the course of their lives. We cannot continue to have the dreadful task of burying our sons and daughters and of continuing our motherhood by tending to graves and pretending that planting flowers and plants brings solace.”
Read the rest of this HuffPost blog article by PCFF spokesperson and bereaved mother, Robi Damelin, here.