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SFP Quarterly Report

Fostering a Culture of Service, Community Based Development
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Background photo by t.shigesa Country Reports Service for Peace
First Quarterly Report During the quarter under review, Service for Peace continued to develop and scale it's programs in

Africa (Kenya),
Asia (Nepal and Philippines),
Latin America (Dominican Republic),
Guatemala and Nicaragua and
The United States. INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM

Fostering a culture of Service Community Based Development International Volunteer Programs Guatemala and the Dominican Republic International Volunteer Programs 600 international volunteers COMMUNITIES OF PEACE PROGRAM

•A protective fence surrounding the school property and renovations throughout the facilities in La Represa, Dominican Republic

•support services at the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

•A new multi-language public library in the indigenous community of El Quimal, Guatemala

•therapy services and train-the-trainers workshops at The Kids for Kids Association (ANINI) in Guatemala.

•Installation of a drip irrigation kit at the Greenhouse farm of the Children Garden Home, Dagorretti Martin Luther King Day of Service
40 days of Peace

SFP continued to promote the culture of service and peace in communities across the United States. Through service projects, communities were strengthened and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
32,761 volunteers who offered
91,376 volunteer hours. In all, service projects took place in 15 States in the United States 97% increase in the number of service projects; and a 55% increase in the number of volunteers. SFP Relationship with the United Nations SFP remains in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC).SFP remains an accredited associated-Non-governmental Organization with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). Organizational Development Goals
Goal 1: Compilation of Profiles of SFP Programs Goal 2: Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses

Key challenges:
(i) Organization Resource Sustainability
(ii) fundraising, marketing as well as monitoring and evaluation skills
(iii) Establishment of Clear Outcomes and Means of Evaluation
(iv) Assessment of Opportunities
(v) Analysis of current funding program
(vi) Development of a Strategic Plan Dominican Republic International Volunteer program (IVP), January 3-12, 2013: 15 volunteers from the Appalachian State University participated in an IVP in SFP’s La Repressa Community of Peace.

International Volunteer Program, March 9-16, 2013: 15 volunteers from the Appalachian State University participated in the IVP. They provided diverse support services in the Community of Peace of the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital.

International Volunteer Program, March 16-23, 2013: 12 volunteers from the American Medical Student Organization at the Georgia Institute of Technology participated in the IVP. International Volunteer Program (IVP), January 4-11, 2013: 17 Volunteers from the Washington University Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy, participated in the IVP. They provided occupational therapy services to 75 kids living with severe developmental disabilities at ANINI (or “the Kids for Kids Association”).

International Volunteer Program (IVP), March 9-16, 2013: 15 volunteers from the Appalachian State University participated in the IVP. They contributed to the construction of a new community multi-language library in the Community of Peace of El Quimal, Chimaltenango.

International Volunteer Program (IVP), March 16-23, 2013: 14 Volunteers from New York University participated in the IVP. They contributed to the construction of a new community multi-language library in the Community of Peace of El Quimal, Chimaltenango.

International Volunteer Program (IVP), March 23-30, 2013: 12 volunteers from the University of California at San Diego participated in the IVP. They contributed to the construction of a new community multi-language library in the Community of Peace of El Quimal, Chimaltenango. Partnership with Seven Hills Foundation: SFP-Kenya partnered with Seven Hills Global Outreach (SHGO) Under the partnership, SHGO has committed to both sending volunteers on international programs through SFP and financially supporting SFP Kenya for five years to grow its Community of Peace-based microenterprises in Kibera and Dagoretti. Community of Peace Program: Against the backdrop of Nepal’s emergence from the Maoist conflict, SFP community development programs in the Sarlahi Community of Peace, continues to address some of the critical needs of members of the community. SFP’s Happy Home orphanage is currently caring for 60 children.

SFP has established 14 Dream Catcher mini libraries in the Sarlahi community. A total of 500 women have benefitted from the Women Literacy classes. Dominican Republic Kenya Nepal Nepal Atlanta, Georgia:
In Atlanta, a coalition of more than 16 organizations convened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Home Depot offered $15,000 worth of in-kind supplies and many hours of professional labor. Seattle, Washington: In Seattle, Washington, despite the weather conditions due to a snowstorm, over 100 volunteers came out to work in Jose Rizal Park and Dearborn Park. Volunteers pulled invasive weeds, restoring both the pristine beauty of the park and removing the underbrush that makes the park a place where drug dealers conduct business. Without the cover, drug dealers will be more inclined to leave the park, making it safer for the local residents to enjoy. In total 11,625 invasive plants were removed at Jose Rizal park and another 7,391 invasive plants at Dearborn Park. Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Selma, North Carolina:

In North Carolina, volunteers from so many different backgrounds gathered to work together to assemble items to be donated to the community.

The volunteers assembled 1,900 hygiene kits, 115 birthday kits, 338 blankets, 118 flower pots, 250 bears, 900 placemats, 750 birthday cards and 230 cans of food – which were donated to needy families and kids. About 65,000 children in the Triangle Area Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: MLK Day at all seven Easton elementary schools engaged 3,629 youth in service projects. They created Equality posters, discussed community service, brainstormed ways to end hunger, and created thank you cards for Military children. Charlottesville, Virginia:

In Charlottesville, there was a candlelit march through the Prospect neighborhood. Over 100 people from the community came out and marched to create awareness regarding the goals that Martin Luther King Jr.
One other service project involved offering introductory financial literacy courses to adults and teens. Those who attended watched a video introducing them to money management and learning how to be more financially stable. The participants were so grateful. Miami, Florida:
481 volunteers participated in service projects in Miami. At West Perrine Park, community leaders, corporations, sports teams, non profits, and private companies worked together in planting plants, restriping the parking lot, cleaning the park, painting the basketball court and maintaining the baseball field.
At Colonial Drive Park, over 100 volunteers cleaned up the park – which can no longer be maintained by Miami Dade Parks.
At Zoo Miami, the community worked on beautifying the park by spreading out mulch on the palm trees of the zoo and maintaining work with the nursery of the zoo. Prescott, Arizona: Over 531 youth volunteers participated in service projects in Prescott. To kick-off the service projects, Prescott Mayor, Marlin Kuykendall, addressed the volunteers, thanking them for their participation. He also read a proclamation, in which he declared a city wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 21, 2013. Country Reports SERVICE FOR PEACE – GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP REPORT Focus and Goals of the Partnership



•Expand GPF programs and Influence

•Create an innovative model linking Community Based Development initiatives

•Develop social enterprises incubators

•Promote a culture of service

•Develop communications initiatives

•Joint resource development, including joint funding applications Conceptual Framework regarding SFP’s Community-Based Development Approaches.According to the World Bank, Community-Based Development (CBD) “is an umbrella term for projects that actively include beneficiaries in their design and management" . Depending on the approach undertaken, CBD can take various forms, like: “Community-Driven Development” (CDD) – which emphasizes the control of the development process, resources and decision-making by community groups . Promotion of the Culture of Service as well as Community-Based Development, and Social Entrepreneurship programs Service for Peace held consultations with the East Africa Peace Service Corps (EAPSC) and other stakeholders. The consultations included Dr. Abdulmalik Tuesday Gichuki, Executive Director, EAPSC; David Caprara, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, GPF; Vincent Rapando of GPF, as well as Timothy Gachucha (of Global Peace Youth Corps, Kenya. SFP identified a grant opportunity from the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) which is relevant to EAPSC. Below is an analysis of the modalities for responding to the grant opportunity: • The closing date for the 2013 USIP Annual Grant competition is October 1, 2013. • Grants awarded are usually in the range of $25,000 to $100,000.• The USIP grant opportunity can be used to raise financial resources that will provide for the organizational development of EAPSC - with the EAPSC proposal strictly conforming to the project guidelines of USIP.

•The EAPSC proposal can key into the range of themes/activities which USIP support. We can demonstrate how the EAPSC model contributes to the field of peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

•Possible Concept/Proposal: Using EAPSC as a tool for promoting rigorous evaluation, performing and publicizing assessments regarding the link between volunteerism and peacebuilding in East Africa: Proposed Commemoration of the Nelson Mandela Day: GPF and SFP along with other stakeholders considered undertaking some activities to commemorate the Nelson Mandela Day on July 18, 2013.

“In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. ”Some of the reflections from stakeholders regarding how GPF can commemorate the Mandela day include the following:•Use the day as an opportunity to promote the EAPSC and the work undertaken since the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development (ACVAPD) in 2012. •Share (with the public) the good work so far undertaken by the ACVAPD Environmental track.•Planting of trees – under the aegis of the mass tree planting project of EAPSC.•Demonstration of the power of volunteerism in promoting a culture of peace. Philippines In January 2013, Service for Peace held consultations with GPF-Philippines regarding areas for collaboration in 2013.

•Support GPF in the implementation of the following Community-Based Programs: (a) Alllights Village, (b) Global Peace Community Gardens•Support GPF in its social media needs – as follows: (a.) Administer social media pages – with highlights of projects, e.g. Alllights Village Project, etc (b.) Support in report writing (c.) Publish appropriate GPF articles•Organizational Development: (a) Help in setting up policies; (b.) Assist in other GPF institutional needs – like facilitating GPF’s accreditation with regulatory agencies. Brazil The first phase of the Gastronomy and Character Education project was concluded in March 2013 – with the graduation of ten students. The next phase of the project is the development of a social enterprise – i.e. a Catering business (or Marmitax) – involving the graduates of the projects. Kenya Kenya: SFP supported GPF-Kenya to engage rapporteurs for the 2013 National Youth Summit in Kenya – which took place from January 31 to February 1, 2013 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. “The National Youth Summit 2013 is a peace and leadership development forum for young leaders. SFP remains a partner of the World Bank Hive Initiative. This partnership has afforded SFP the opportunity to exchange ideas with the World Bank and other practitioners, as well as have access to the latest research in the areas of Community-Based Development (CBD) and peace building. Additionally, in 2013, SFP will seek to realize other anticipated benefits of the partnership with the World Bank – as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding. Service for Peace's accomplishments promoted the MISSION, GOALS and THREE PILLARS of the Global Peace Festival – all of which highlight the idea of fostering a culture of service. GPF Chairman had at the GPF quarterly meeting in February 2013, asked SFP and other stakeholders to highlight service and community based development in their programs. An overview of accomplishments and updates regarding SFP’s programs follow below: o International Volunteer Programs (IVPs) - formerly Global PeaceMakers (GPMs)/Alternative Breaks (AB)

o Communities of Peace Program

o Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service and 40 Days of Peace

o SFP's Relationship with the United Nations

o Organizational Development Goals
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