The Colombia Conversation

By Maddy King

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WE'VE HIT OUR TARGET!!!! Now we can pay around 8 facilitators to help run the workshop with us, and it's going to be Amazing. If you still want to contribute, PLEASE DON'T LET THIS STOP YOU!! We need supplies and resources and have to pay for everything ourselves. All money raised above the target will go towards transport costs for special expertise (just NZ$25 will pay for an NGO representative from Bogota to make the 10 hour round trip to us), and helping us fund the food, musical instruments, paper, paints, pens, posters, promotion and film gear that we need to make the workshop a monumental success. So every dollar counts!!! Another way to contribute is to share this link and see if your friends might be interested in lending us a hand. Thanks so much everyone!!!!!!!!!!! 

                                                                * * * * *                         (English continues afterwards)

Para ejecutar una expresión creativa taller para estudiantes 16- 22 años de edad, con el fin de iniciar una conversación acerca de la presencia de la violencia y la paz en Colombia, y para los jóvenes a organizar sus ideas para un futuro mejor. 

El taller será impartido en el lapso de uno a dos días y los facilitadores serán personas cuyo objetivo será fomentar distintos modos de expresión, así como liderar temas de debate e impartir clases propiciando distintas formas de comunicación, tales como la poesía, la música y el teatro. El tema será “Conversations” y estará dirigido a todos los estudiantes en las universidades locales. Durante el taller, el foro en línea será utilizado para subir archivos de audio, texto y video grabados directamente en las sesiones. Esto se hará con el fin de mostrar a los asistentes los alcances del taller y para compartir el contenido creado en las distintas clases.

La expresión es precursora de la organización. Una vez que los asistentes hayan colaborado con la lluvia de ideas para un mejor futuro, se les proporcionarán las herramientas para empezar a convertir esas ideas en realidad. Se invitará a las ONG y a otras  organizaciones locales a compartir sus experiencias de trabajo en pro de un mejor futuro en Colombia y se invitará a los asistentes del taller a participar en las campañas organizadas por ellas. Mediante la promoción del trabajo de otras organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONGs), buscamos mostrar a los asistentes el cambio positivo que la acción social puede generar.   

Pero necesitamos donaciones para hacer esto pasar. Todo el dinero levantó hasta y encima del objetivo irá hacia el pago de facilitadores creativos, trayendo la maestría especial, y proporcionará recursos a los estudiantes. Todas las tarjetas de crédito internacionales principales se aceptan. Muchas gracias a cada uno que ha ayudado y ha contribuido.

                                                                * * * * *                      

Facebook: Conversaciones de Colombia

Event: Conversaciones de Colombia event

Twitter: @BV_Colombia

Donate a Status Update on ThunderClap


                                                                 * * * * *                                          

Beyond Violence is running a workshop in Colombia, headed by our two Kiwi members on the ground Maddy and Barnaby, alongside community artists and local musicians. Due to the 40 year armed conflict, violence has become a normalised part of Colombian life. As well as this, the political problems are so intricate that a culture of powerlessness seems to prevail, people are socially discouraged from talking about violence, and don't appear to exhibit much hope for the future of the country.

So we are planning to hold a creative expression workshop to encourage students to express themselves through different means (slam poetry, music, theatre etc) and share their thoughts and feelings around the presence of violence in Colombia and how it has affected Colombian lives. The personal validation and empowerment one gains through positive self-expression are vitally needed amongst Colombian youth, particularly at this time of nationwide anti-governmental protest action. 

This one-day workshop will enable young Colombians to form ideas together about what a better future might look like, and will give them some tools for making these ideas a reality. Expression is treated as a precursor to organisation, as part of the workshop will involve speakers from different community organisations sharing the experiences, challenges and benefits of working together towards positive social change. This may make a huge difference in starting a conversation that is lacking here.

We have: a space (CONFIRMED), ideas (SORTED), and technical resources.

What we need is money for workshop facilitators. We have asked partners from the community to come in and help us run these workshops, including local artists and musicians. While they are all extremely enthusiastic about the idea and really want to help out, most can't take a day off work without being paid.

We need these facilitators to provide a local Colombian connection, and to run music and other workshops in areas that we lack skills. If we had money for transport costs, we could also bring in expertise form other cities, such as a Theatre of the Oppressed group from Cali, and NGO spokespeople from Bogota. These would enhance the programme, raising it from a fun workshop to a powerful movement.

All money raised up to the target will be split between the facilitators equally. Any money raised above the target will go towards transport costs for special expertise, and helping us find the food, musical instruments and paper etc. that we will need for the workshop to be a monumental success. So every dollar counts!! In fact it counts as 1500 pesos! $5 may not seem like much but that's two hourly wages here, $7883.50 Colombian Pesos. Even just pens and paper can make such a huge difference to some of the kids we've been working with in preparation for the event. NZ$3 can gain us 100 photocopies, while we can transport someone from Bogota and back (a 10 hour round trip) for only NZ$25. With NZ$60 we can feed everyone there. Contributions are in New Zealand dollars but all major international credit cards are accepted. NZ$5 = EURO€3.04 and US$4.03 plus fees. We cannot express how much we appreciate your contributions.

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Updates 4

Campaign Closed- 5 Days until the Workshop!

28/10/2013 at 6:29 PM

Barnaby and I are inexpressibly humbled and honoured to close our PledgeMe campaign with a total of $630 - almost one million Colombian Pesos and 160% of what we were aiming for!!!! This means we are not only able to give a small gift to each of our 11 incredibly generous facilitators, but we are also able to provide resources and equipment so that the young participants, some of whom don't have their own pens and pencils, can experience truly wonderful unrestrained creativity and discussion. 

Our approximate breakdown of costs is as follows:

Item

Colombian pesos

New Zealand Dollars

10 A3 colour Posters:

10 A4 colour flyers:

50 A4 black and white flyers:

100 sheets of Opalina paper (for painting):

100 sheets of Cartulina paper (for drawing):

11 pots of paint:

1 block of A4 paper:

24 sketching pencils:

50 colour markers:

50 coloured pencils:

36 paintbrushes:

100 name-tag stickers:

100 black pens:

2 return Bogota bus tickets (for NGO representatives)

Taxi transport for instruments

Food for participants

Total koha/ thank you-payment for 11 facilitators

35,000

8,000

5,000

48,000

25,000

12,100

8,000

13,200

12,000

17,000

23,500

1,600

38,000

80,000


40,000

159,000

440,000

22.50

5.10

3.20

30.80

16

7.77

5.10

8.50

7.70

10.90

15

1

24.40

51.20


25.60

102

282

We can't wait to send you your 'rewards' as another way of saying thank you so much for your support. Please check out www.facebook.com/ColombiaConversa after Saturday November 2nd, where we will post all the photos and memories from the workshop. We have an incredibly busy week ahead of us, printing, coordinating, transporting, preparing, cooking, promoting, practicing and hoping!!! We've already sorted out the final details with the other facilitators and everyone is pumped, ready and excited to go forward. It's going to be a wild ride. Again, thank you so much for your support. Just knowing that you are all behind us makes the idea so much more doable, and our broader collective dreams about promoting a non-violence movement in Colombia by facilitating creative expression, so much more realisable. Thank you thank you thank you.


Final Stages

16/10/2013 at 5:40 PM

Hi everyone!! We have had a busy couple of weeks getting all the facilitators together and having amazing brainstorms about how to run the workshop. There will be music, writing, arts and movement streams and activities all related to different aspects of peace such as dialogue, collaboration, compromise, constructive disagreement, and shared experiences. We are in the process of securing resources for the event, and we are so grateful to have this bulk of support behind us as there are many things such as musical instruments and pens and pencils that can not be provided for us, and we will have to secure on our own. We are also working with a graphic designer friend who has designed an awesome poster for us and is in the process of creating a stop-motion ad for the workshop, and will be able to use your support to print posters. We are now moving into the stage of promotion- promotion- promotion to bring young people in to the workshop. In the lead-up to the workshop we helped a group of kids in an underprivileged area of the city design and create a beautiful mural on the streets of Ibague which has also served to advertise our Facebook page. I made a timelapse video of the project which is attached to this email. 

We are now entering the last week of the PledgeMe campaign. Please help us in one last push for funding: share the PledgeMe link on your social and email networks, your workplace and coffeeshop noticeboards.

"Help support two Kiwis in Colombia who want to run a creative expression workshop to help young people organise their ideas for a better future. The concept is that before people can work for non-violence, they have to be able to communicate about it without fear or discouragement. So they're creating a safe, fun space where kids can learn creative skills and feel empowered to make a difference by working together using music, arts, poetry and movement. And the price of a coffee can help them get there! Check out the project:

https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1410"

Thanks so much for your support everyone. The Facebook page is here in a mix of English and Spanish if you know-anyone-who-knows-anyone who might be interested in attending or supporting the event. You can also contact us through the page if you have any advice, questions or comments :) http://www.facebook.com/ColombiaConversa

We're so incredibly humbled and appreciative. You have no idea how much it inspires and motivates us, knowing that you all support us and the idea and the vision, and having this invisible team behind us pushing us forward. The countdown is now on for two and a half weeks!!!!!! Wish us luck!

Maddy and Barnaby

CONFIRMATION!!

25/09/2013 at 9:56 PM

We have finally received confirmation for our venue- the Board of the Directors at our local university approved our application last night. THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!! The application process was arduous but we now have a big beautiful comfortable venue that they have graciously allowed us to book for free. This means everything is in place for the Workshop to go ahead on Saturday November 2nd. We will be able to use creative expression to initiate a conversation about the presence of violence and peace in Colombian life, using music, poetry and other artforms as a catalyst for empowerment, and allow students to organise with each other and with NGO representatives to realise their ideas for a better future. 

We will now move into the organisation phase of assembling our co-facilitators (now that we can pay them!), planning the curriculum for the day and figuring out how to accumulate resources for the event. We have some amazing ideas planned for the students which we have been testing out in some of our local underprivileged colleges, such as poetic backstepping, where one must plan backwards in steps from where they want to be back to where they are and write a poem about it. We have gained a wee following of youngsters who have never had the opportunity to gain validation through feedback on their creative work, and are now clamouring for us to read their poetry and songs. We can't wait to hold the big workshop and watch all the ideas transform into action!!! If you speak Spanish, the Facebook page for Beyond Violence (that's the NGO we work for)'s overall Colombia campaign is here https://www.facebook.com/Colombiaconversa

Remember, your friends can still donate to make the workshop a bigger and better event. We would love to be able to hire musical instruments for the event, and bring in special expertise. There are NGO representatives in Bogota that we would love to bring in to speak of the real risks and rewards of working for social change in Colombia. And there is a Theatre of the Oppressed group in Cali that would be amazing at teaching students how to use theatre to confront and understand the oppressors and the people who are oppressed in the various social conflicts of Colombian life, and figure out ways to improve the situation. Even just pens and paper can make such a huge difference to some of the kids we've been working with in preparation for the event. NZ$3 can gain us 100 photocopies, while we can transport someone from Bogota and back (a 10 hour round trip) for only NZ$25. We can pay a facilitator for a whole day's work for only NZ$32; with NZ$60 we can feed everyone there. Every dollar counts, and goes such a long way. Thank you all so much for your contributions, please share the PledgeMe campaign (www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1410) , and I can't wait to share the photos and outcomes with you!

So close!! So grateful!!

10/09/2013 at 9:57 PM

Kia ora followers! WE'VE DONE SO AMAZINGLY WELL TOGETHER!!! We're only $10 away from our campaign goal, and hope to exceed that so that we can further enhance the workshop. If you haven't already, please SHARE this campaign with your networks so we can solicit help from a wider group of people. Thank you so much for your contributions already. We're on the cusp of confirming our venue space at a local University, we're in talks with different artists and facilitators to help us design and run the creative programme, and we're running warm-up workshops in local underprivileged schools which are having a monumental amount of success. The look on a kid's face when they get up and read a poem for the first time, about their deepest thoughts and feelings, to their peers who then take it, roll it around and feed it back to them in support and cheers- the smiles- it's incredible. Thank you again for helping make this possible. Let's keep working towards the ultimate goal. A grand workshop in 6 weeks!!

Nga mihi nui,

Maddy

    Pledgers 18

    Carla Dilgard
    2013-10-26 08:33:20 +1300
    Jonathan Hodge
    2013-09-30 23:22:22 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-09-27 18:17:49 +1200
    Millie Locke
    2013-09-14 07:05:38 +1200
    Lance King
    2013-09-11 15:06:21 +1200
    Phoebe Maddrell
    2013-09-11 13:33:01 +1200
    Amiria Pihema Williams
    2013-09-10 17:58:50 +1200
    Jesse Whitehead
    2013-09-10 12:05:10 +1200
    Alice Kimber-Bell
    2013-09-10 11:53:03 +1200
    William Locke
    2013-09-10 07:09:25 +1200
    Richard Maddrell
    2013-09-10 01:14:07 +1200
    Tom
    2013-09-09 23:47:58 +1200
    elliot smith
    2013-09-09 22:30:01 +1200
    Celeste Bisson-Rowe
    2013-09-09 14:25:15 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-09-09 13:57:18 +1200
    Jesse Whitehead
    2013-09-09 13:50:55 +1200
    Jesse Whitehead
    2013-09-09 13:35:02 +1200
    Max King
    2013-09-09 12:38:31 +1200

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    Project 2013-09-07 22:57:00 +1200

    WE'VE HIT OUR TARGET!!!! Now we can pay around 8 facilitators to help run the workshop with us, and it's going to be Amazing. If you still want to contribute, PLEASE DON'T LET THIS STOP YOU!! We need supplies and resources and have to pay for everything ourselves. All money raised above the target will go towards transport costs for special expertise (just NZ$25 will pay for an NGO representative from Bogota to make the 10 hour round trip to us), and helping us fund the food, musical instruments, paper, paints, pens, posters, promotion and film gear that we need to make the workshop a monumental success. So every dollar counts!!! Another way to contribute is to share this link and see if your friends might be interested in lending us a hand. Thanks so much everyone!!!!!!!!!!! 

                                                                    * * * * *                         (English continues afterwards)

    Para ejecutar una expresión creativa taller para estudiantes 16- 22 años de edad, con el fin de iniciar una conversación acerca de la presencia de la violencia y la paz en Colombia, y para los jóvenes a organizar sus ideas para un futuro mejor. 

    El taller será impartido en el lapso de uno a dos días y los facilitadores serán personas cuyo objetivo será fomentar distintos modos de expresión, así como liderar temas de debate e impartir clases propiciando distintas formas de comunicación, tales como la poesía, la música y el teatro. El tema será “Conversations” y estará dirigido a todos los estudiantes en las universidades locales. Durante el taller, el foro en línea será utilizado para subir archivos de audio, texto y video grabados directamente en las sesiones. Esto se hará con el fin de mostrar a los asistentes los alcances del taller y para compartir el contenido creado en las distintas clases.

    La expresión es precursora de la organización. Una vez que los asistentes hayan colaborado con la lluvia de ideas para un mejor futuro, se les proporcionarán las herramientas para empezar a convertir esas ideas en realidad. Se invitará a las ONG y a otras  organizaciones locales a compartir sus experiencias de trabajo en pro de un mejor futuro en Colombia y se invitará a los asistentes del taller a participar en las campañas organizadas por ellas. Mediante la promoción del trabajo de otras organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONGs), buscamos mostrar a los asistentes el cambio positivo que la acción social puede generar.   

    Pero necesitamos donaciones para hacer esto pasar. Todo el dinero levantó hasta y encima del objetivo irá hacia el pago de facilitadores creativos, trayendo la maestría especial, y proporcionará recursos a los estudiantes. Todas las tarjetas de crédito internacionales principales se aceptan. Muchas gracias a cada uno que ha ayudado y ha contribuido.

                                                                    * * * * *                      

    Facebook: Conversaciones de Colombia

    Event: Conversaciones de Colombia event

    Twitter: @BV_Colombia

    Donate a Status Update on ThunderClap


                                                                     * * * * *                                          

    Beyond Violence is running a workshop in Colombia, headed by our two Kiwi members on the ground Maddy and Barnaby, alongside community artists and local musicians. Due to the 40 year armed conflict, violence has become a normalised part of Colombian life. As well as this, the political problems are so intricate that a culture of powerlessness seems to prevail, people are socially discouraged from talking about violence, and don't appear to exhibit much hope for the future of the country.

    So we are planning to hold a creative expression workshop to encourage students to express themselves through different means (slam poetry, music, theatre etc) and share their thoughts and feelings around the presence of violence in Colombia and how it has affected Colombian lives. The personal validation and empowerment one gains through positive self-expression are vitally needed amongst Colombian youth, particularly at this time of nationwide anti-governmental protest action. 

    This one-day workshop will enable young Colombians to form ideas together about what a better future might look like, and will give them some tools for making these ideas a reality. Expression is treated as a precursor to organisation, as part of the workshop will involve speakers from different community organisations sharing the experiences, challenges and benefits of working together towards positive social change. This may make a huge difference in starting a conversation that is lacking here.

    We have: a space (CONFIRMED), ideas (SORTED), and technical resources.

    What we need is money for workshop facilitators. We have asked partners from the community to come in and help us run these workshops, including local artists and musicians. While they are all extremely enthusiastic about the idea and really want to help out, most can't take a day off work without being paid.

    We need these facilitators to provide a local Colombian connection, and to run music and other workshops in areas that we lack skills. If we had money for transport costs, we could also bring in expertise form other cities, such as a Theatre of the Oppressed group from Cali, and NGO spokespeople from Bogota. These would enhance the programme, raising it from a fun workshop to a powerful movement.

    All money raised up to the target will be split between the facilitators equally. Any money raised above the target will go towards transport costs for special expertise, and helping us find the food, musical instruments and paper etc. that we will need for the workshop to be a monumental success. So every dollar counts!! In fact it counts as 1500 pesos! $5 may not seem like much but that's two hourly wages here, $7883.50 Colombian Pesos. Even just pens and paper can make such a huge difference to some of the kids we've been working with in preparation for the event. NZ$3 can gain us 100 photocopies, while we can transport someone from Bogota and back (a 10 hour round trip) for only NZ$25. With NZ$60 we can feed everyone there. Contributions are in New Zealand dollars but all major international credit cards are accepted. NZ$5 = EURO€3.04 and US$4.03 plus fees. We cannot express how much we appreciate your contributions.

    Comments

    Campaign Closed- 5 Days until the Workshop!

    28/10/2013 at 6:29 PM

    Barnaby and I are inexpressibly humbled and honoured to close our PledgeMe campaign with a total of $630 - almost one million Colombian Pesos and 160% of what we were aiming for!!!! This means we are not only able to give a small gift to each of our 11 incredibly generous facilitators, but we are also able to provide resources and equipment so that the young participants, some of whom don't have their own pens and pencils, can experience truly wonderful unrestrained creativity and discussion. 

    Our approximate breakdown of costs is as follows:

    Item

    Colombian pesos

    New Zealand Dollars

    10 A3 colour Posters:

    10 A4 colour flyers:

    50 A4 black and white flyers:

    100 sheets of Opalina paper (for painting):

    100 sheets of Cartulina paper (for drawing):

    11 pots of paint:

    1 block of A4 paper:

    24 sketching pencils:

    50 colour markers:

    50 coloured pencils:

    36 paintbrushes:

    100 name-tag stickers:

    100 black pens:

    2 return Bogota bus tickets (for NGO representatives)

    Taxi transport for instruments

    Food for participants

    Total koha/ thank you-payment for 11 facilitators

    35,000

    8,000

    5,000

    48,000

    25,000

    12,100

    8,000

    13,200

    12,000

    17,000

    23,500

    1,600

    38,000

    80,000


    40,000

    159,000

    440,000

    22.50

    5.10

    3.20

    30.80

    16

    7.77

    5.10

    8.50

    7.70

    10.90

    15

    1

    24.40

    51.20


    25.60

    102

    282

    We can't wait to send you your 'rewards' as another way of saying thank you so much for your support. Please check out www.facebook.com/ColombiaConversa after Saturday November 2nd, where we will post all the photos and memories from the workshop. We have an incredibly busy week ahead of us, printing, coordinating, transporting, preparing, cooking, promoting, practicing and hoping!!! We've already sorted out the final details with the other facilitators and everyone is pumped, ready and excited to go forward. It's going to be a wild ride. Again, thank you so much for your support. Just knowing that you are all behind us makes the idea so much more doable, and our broader collective dreams about promoting a non-violence movement in Colombia by facilitating creative expression, so much more realisable. Thank you thank you thank you.


    Final Stages

    16/10/2013 at 5:40 PM

    Hi everyone!! We have had a busy couple of weeks getting all the facilitators together and having amazing brainstorms about how to run the workshop. There will be music, writing, arts and movement streams and activities all related to different aspects of peace such as dialogue, collaboration, compromise, constructive disagreement, and shared experiences. We are in the process of securing resources for the event, and we are so grateful to have this bulk of support behind us as there are many things such as musical instruments and pens and pencils that can not be provided for us, and we will have to secure on our own. We are also working with a graphic designer friend who has designed an awesome poster for us and is in the process of creating a stop-motion ad for the workshop, and will be able to use your support to print posters. We are now moving into the stage of promotion- promotion- promotion to bring young people in to the workshop. In the lead-up to the workshop we helped a group of kids in an underprivileged area of the city design and create a beautiful mural on the streets of Ibague which has also served to advertise our Facebook page. I made a timelapse video of the project which is attached to this email. 

    We are now entering the last week of the PledgeMe campaign. Please help us in one last push for funding: share the PledgeMe link on your social and email networks, your workplace and coffeeshop noticeboards.

    "Help support two Kiwis in Colombia who want to run a creative expression workshop to help young people organise their ideas for a better future. The concept is that before people can work for non-violence, they have to be able to communicate about it without fear or discouragement. So they're creating a safe, fun space where kids can learn creative skills and feel empowered to make a difference by working together using music, arts, poetry and movement. And the price of a coffee can help them get there! Check out the project:

    https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1410"

    Thanks so much for your support everyone. The Facebook page is here in a mix of English and Spanish if you know-anyone-who-knows-anyone who might be interested in attending or supporting the event. You can also contact us through the page if you have any advice, questions or comments :) http://www.facebook.com/ColombiaConversa

    We're so incredibly humbled and appreciative. You have no idea how much it inspires and motivates us, knowing that you all support us and the idea and the vision, and having this invisible team behind us pushing us forward. The countdown is now on for two and a half weeks!!!!!! Wish us luck!

    Maddy and Barnaby

    CONFIRMATION!!

    25/09/2013 at 9:56 PM

    We have finally received confirmation for our venue- the Board of the Directors at our local university approved our application last night. THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!! The application process was arduous but we now have a big beautiful comfortable venue that they have graciously allowed us to book for free. This means everything is in place for the Workshop to go ahead on Saturday November 2nd. We will be able to use creative expression to initiate a conversation about the presence of violence and peace in Colombian life, using music, poetry and other artforms as a catalyst for empowerment, and allow students to organise with each other and with NGO representatives to realise their ideas for a better future. 

    We will now move into the organisation phase of assembling our co-facilitators (now that we can pay them!), planning the curriculum for the day and figuring out how to accumulate resources for the event. We have some amazing ideas planned for the students which we have been testing out in some of our local underprivileged colleges, such as poetic backstepping, where one must plan backwards in steps from where they want to be back to where they are and write a poem about it. We have gained a wee following of youngsters who have never had the opportunity to gain validation through feedback on their creative work, and are now clamouring for us to read their poetry and songs. We can't wait to hold the big workshop and watch all the ideas transform into action!!! If you speak Spanish, the Facebook page for Beyond Violence (that's the NGO we work for)'s overall Colombia campaign is here https://www.facebook.com/Colombiaconversa

    Remember, your friends can still donate to make the workshop a bigger and better event. We would love to be able to hire musical instruments for the event, and bring in special expertise. There are NGO representatives in Bogota that we would love to bring in to speak of the real risks and rewards of working for social change in Colombia. And there is a Theatre of the Oppressed group in Cali that would be amazing at teaching students how to use theatre to confront and understand the oppressors and the people who are oppressed in the various social conflicts of Colombian life, and figure out ways to improve the situation. Even just pens and paper can make such a huge difference to some of the kids we've been working with in preparation for the event. NZ$3 can gain us 100 photocopies, while we can transport someone from Bogota and back (a 10 hour round trip) for only NZ$25. We can pay a facilitator for a whole day's work for only NZ$32; with NZ$60 we can feed everyone there. Every dollar counts, and goes such a long way. Thank you all so much for your contributions, please share the PledgeMe campaign (www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1410) , and I can't wait to share the photos and outcomes with you!

    So close!! So grateful!!

    10/09/2013 at 9:57 PM

    Kia ora followers! WE'VE DONE SO AMAZINGLY WELL TOGETHER!!! We're only $10 away from our campaign goal, and hope to exceed that so that we can further enhance the workshop. If you haven't already, please SHARE this campaign with your networks so we can solicit help from a wider group of people. Thank you so much for your contributions already. We're on the cusp of confirming our venue space at a local University, we're in talks with different artists and facilitators to help us design and run the creative programme, and we're running warm-up workshops in local underprivileged schools which are having a monumental amount of success. The look on a kid's face when they get up and read a poem for the first time, about their deepest thoughts and feelings, to their peers who then take it, roll it around and feed it back to them in support and cheers- the smiles- it's incredible. Thank you again for helping make this possible. Let's keep working towards the ultimate goal. A grand workshop in 6 weeks!!

    Nga mihi nui,

    Maddy

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