|Training of trainers for an ex-combatant reintegration initiative in Bogota, Colombia|
Let me start with a confession: I find making fundraising requests uncomfortable. These are difficult economic times for many, and the causes that deserve our attention are plentiful. I write to you, however, because this cause is personal to me. I believe in it and have benefited from it. I have benefited from your generosity and support and it is to this generosity that I turn now.
I want to write to you about my Insight Collaborative fundraising challenge.
The Insight Collaborative Fellowship offers young people with a background and interest in conflict management the opportunity to design and implement projects that benefit populations in conflict and post-conflict communities worldwide. Insight Collaborative Fellows receive $25,000 to support these projects -- tied to a promise to raise the same amount for the Fellows who will succeed them. Past Fellows have worked in affiliation with the International Criminal Court, United Nations organizations, and NGOs in countries ranging from Kenya to Sri Lanka, Somalia to Nepal, and Lebanon to Liberia.
As an Insight Collaborative Fellow myself, I learned and practiced much more than conflict management. I designed and implemented a curriculum of post-conflict reintegration for Colombian ex-combatants; I contributed to the development of programming for conflict-affected mothers in rural Guatemala; I helped a baby into the world in Northern Uganda and designed a training program for Arab women parliamentarians in Egypt. I, too, was exposed to the workings of the United Nations and community-based organizations -- but far beyond that, I was shaken by the shoulders, moved by the world, and jarred to rekindle my faith in humanity.
I now hope to pay this action forward by enabling the Insight Collaborative Fellowship to continue to exist.
I hope to raise $10,000 in the month of December in support of future training for Fellows and the continuation of conflict management projects worldwide.
If 500 of us each donate $20, we can meet this goal together. There are a number of ways in which you can contribute:
- Make a tax-exempt donation in the name of Roxanne Krystalli by clicking here.
- Share this link with your employer's charitable giving division, if there is one, or with related corporate donors who would be interested in supporting a Fellow. There are various avenues for recognition of corporate sponsors and I would be delighted to discuss them with you.
- Spread the word on Twitter or Facebook by copying this link.
If you would like to learn more about Insight Collaborative or apply for a Fellowship, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Without the inspiration and strength I draw from you, none of my work in the past year would have been possible. Without the funding from Insight Collaborative, many of our paths would not have crossed. Without your support and encouragement, I never could have designed the projects that I have and embarked on adventures I have greatly cherished. Thank you very much for your friendship and love and I hope you can join me in supporting a cause that has essentially been at the root of a life-changing journey.
With gratitude, and the warmest holiday greetings,