A new year to support a future of Peace
Fundraising by Giulia Zurlini
Many of you have asked me how I want to celebrate my 40th birthday.
I would like to do so by retracing the journey so far, which has allowed me to become who I am today. And in this perpetual becoming, which accompanies us as we grow, I am who I am today thanks to you, to the encounter with each other, and to all the relationships built and cultivated over the years.
From each one of you I have learned something important, which still follows me, characterizes me, nourishes me, makes me remember where I came from and how I got there... Among these aspects transmitted, fundamental are some values: closeness to others, sharing, empathy, active citizenship, listening, dialogue, fairness, nonviolence, justice, truth, creativity, the ability to downplay, dedication... and I could go on...
In these values, I recognized myself and tried to make them my own, living them in particular through Operation Dove, which, in recent years, has allowed me to meet in Colombia the peasants of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. These people have been resisting armed conflict and its consequences since '97, through nonviolence and our international accompaniment, to protect land, the environment and Human Rights. From them I learned what tenacity, hard work is, and what it means to transform great suffering into Love for others, to make community.
So how would I like to celebrate my 40th birthday? By continuing to walk together on the path I started and trying not to lose what I have found to be the "straight path" for me.
Can you help me do that? Thank you for being there!
Thanks to you the goal is achieved!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks to all of you, I was able, for my 40th birthday, to achieve an important goal: that of being able to continue to support and protect those who have chosen nonviolence in the midst of armed conflict, just like the members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. The most beautiful collective gift I have ever received to continue to hope together.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for continuing to help me walk the path I started,
Thank you for celebrating these many years of friendship together,
Thank you for your gifts and heartfelt thoughts,
Thank you that you are there and continue to be there!
5 months, 3 weeks ago
THANK YOU truly from the bottom of my heart to you, for all your help and support, essential to continue this journey!
And thanks also in advance to those who have contacted me lately because they would like to make a donation: my 40th birthday fundraising campaign will remain open for a couple more weeks ;)