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I had the honor of meeting the PATRIR team in Bucharest, Romania, in 2008. Our encounter took place within the framework of the Black Sea NGO Forum “Time to Meet,” which was organized by the Romanian Foreign Ministry, and co-funded by UNDP-Romania, and BST-Project of the German Marshall Fund. During the forum PATRIR’s President Kai Brand-Jacobsen was moderating the panel on political affairs, and he also delivered several highly valuable and impressive lectures on peace building and conflict prevention.
We subsequently began collaborating with the aim of establishing the Black Sea Peacebuilding Platform, whose launch and formation had primarily fallen on the shoulders of the PATRIR team. We then held numerous trainings on the quest for a path toward the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict; these trainings brought together representatives from Moldova, Transnistria, Romania and the Ukraine, and also young analysts and social activists from the South Caucasus conflict zones—Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Mountainous Karabagh (Artsakh).
The PATRIR team is not only a skillful organizer and initiator, but it also comprises a group of proficient individuals and high quality professionals who genuinely believe in, and are devoted to, peace and resolving conflicts through peace.
Therefore I highly commend PATRIR for this nomination, and am confident that this selection will be a deserving recognition of PATRIR’s exceptional efforts of the past ten years.
Coordinator of the National Citizens’ Initiative (NCI) NGO, Armenia
Senior Analyst at the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS)
MESSAGE FROM ALBERT KUNIHIRA:
"I am still very grateful for the short time i spent at PATRIR in 2004. The peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution & Post War Reconstruction skills i attained PATRIR have been very helpful to me in my daily work as well as a peace advocate. Albert (Uganda) www.aymu.org I look forward to returning to PATRIR whenever God Permits me. "
I was very happy to find out about this nomination and I support it wholeheartedly.
I'm a volunteer for PATRIR and I chose to dedicate parts of my energy, time and knowledge to this organization because the people who work there are professional, committed and passionate for peacebuilding and they inspired me in their dream of a better world.
I’m happy being part of a select group of individuals as they are.
It is already an achievement that PATRIR is nominated for this prize, and they surely deserve it.
Keep going, PATRIR! Lots of people need you, many of us support you!
Hard working and inspiring people !
Really making a difference at a local level here in Romania as well as in many other places across the globe
Proud to be a PATRIR volunteer and as someone once said: once a patririan always a patririan
Congratulations and keep up the good work :)
It's almost one year since I've joined PATRIR now and I can say that this experience has definitely brought up a change for me. Like the very well-known quotation saying "Be the change you want to see in the world" I can say that being part of this working environment and having had the possibility to take part to a couple of PATRIR trainings (Designing Peacebuilding Programmes and Creative Action for Positive Change) has really started to make a difference for me. High quality information, perseverence and commitment can be the best words to describe the kind of work that I've seen being done within PATRIR.
I've taken part to the organization of several events like One World Human Rights Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, The 16 days campaign of preventing violence against women, Generating Change - An Artistic Encouter and so on. Furthermore, together with the team we've created several projects under the areas of: active citizenship and participatory democracy, development education and multiculturalism. At the moment we're preparing the first edition of the Arts and Multiculturalism Festival in Cluj-Napoca, which will take place in October this year, a major event meant to celebrate Cluj's multicultural environment and perspectives of becoming European Capital of Culture by 2020. PATRIR is the lead organization of the project but we definitely have to thank our partners (coming from 12 different ethnic communities living in Cluj and Transylvania) for their great support and active involvement.
Therefore, in the end, I have to say: Thanks PATRIR for giving me the opportunity to see that change can happen, can be generated and most of all that then it comes from within it can definitely make a difference!
Cheers to all!
For me PATRIR is a way of being, is a attitude for live. It was an experience who shaped me into the person that i am now. I was an intern in PATRIR in a period of time when i needed another perspective and PATRIR was the right place. I got another perspective about what community is, how to approach this field, what the conflict means, how to bring non-violent communication in my life, what is my personal commitment in all this big work that PATRIR does. Everything that i learned and experienced in PATRIR started with me, by being the change that i want to see in the world. And my experience with PATRIR changed my perspective, help me to made the switch of paradigm, and i use this attitude in my daily live, my work, my dreams. My heart is still there in the energy of peace and building new perspective about life, community, world. I feel blessed to have this experience in my life and lucky to grow with this feeling.
Day by day , PATRIR inspires me to me a better man ; to be a student who is interested not only on my needs , but also on the others needs.
I am a young volunteer who works in this organization . I had many opportunities to learn about different cultures and to meet people extremely dedicated to their work. A small team succeeded to make changes in a world torn by tensions and conflicts. Moreover , they show us that conflicts can be solved on peaceful ways , not only with violent measures.
PATRIR plays an important part , both locally and internationally .PATRIR makes world a better place... that is why it wholeheartedly deserves my support !
Congratulations PATRIR for this nomination !