News from the field

  • Volunteers, we finally made it!
    Today, as we mark the International Volunteer Day (IVD)* 2011, we would like to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers from around the world who have contributed to the Peace Bag project! More specifically, we would like to congratulate our team of almost 70 UNV ONLINE VOLUNTEERS who have dedicated their time, skills and creativity to make this project possible. You are too many to mention - and altogether you have contributed in different ways - from translation (12 languages), editing, proofreading, research (contributions), layout, graphics design, web design, too many to mention!

    We are one of the 10 projects recognised for online volunteers┬┤contributions to peace and human development. The award seeks to demonstrate how development organisations can strengthen their activities through effective online collaboration with volunteers.
    This award is truly an example of the many things we can do for society and beyond! We hope that with this award, we are able to inspire others to volunteer!

    Again, thank you ONLINE VOLUNTEERS! Your participation gave more meaning to this Peace Bag project! We are very proud of you!
    - Meg Villanueva and your team in Barcelona

    * International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector. IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 40/212on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.

  • We are very proud to share that Peace Bag's Egyptian partner and host of the Peace Bag Evaluation and Network Seminar, Development No Border (Tanmeya Bela Hedoud) from Egypt was awarded the Sixth Edition of the Anna Lindh Foundation Regional Prize Euro-Med Award for Dialogue between Cultures 2011.

    DNB has been a very dedicated partner of the Peace Bag since we started in 2009. The work of their staff and volunteers have been very crucial in the success of the Evaluation and Networking Seminar of the Peace Bag partnership in Alexandria, Egypt last July 2010. During the project phase, DNB was able to mobilise local Egyptian youth (as well as their families!) to be involved in the project and share with the international team, Egypt's cultural diversity - its rich heritage, hospitality, and most of all, openness of its people! DNB organised one of the most unique "Community Interaction Day" during the partnership's visit in Alexandria. It was a day that really reflected the participation of young Egyptians - their hospitality and their interest to learn from the rest of the world. DNB's work on volunteerism, intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding have done a long way.

    To our Peace Bag team Mostafa M., Mostafa G, Maha, Ayman1, Ayman 2, Eman, Hala, and the rest of the group we failed to mention - thank you for all your work for and with young people in Egypt and the world. Hats off to all of you!

    For more information about the award, please follow the link

  • 18 organisations met in Alexandria, Egypt for the 3rd Phase of the Peace Bag for EuroMed Youth Network and Evaluation Seminar, from 10 to 16 July, 2010.
    Read the report.

  • 6 Peace Bag partner organisations met in Kobuleti, Georgia for "Together for Peace" a training course on Conflict Management, from 9 to 20 June 2010.
    Read the report.

  • Interfaith Training Course in England, from 7 to 14 April 2010.
    Read the report.