I am travelling to Bosnia in July to see, first hand, some of the incredible work that has been undertaken by Women for Women International (WfWI), a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. I will meet graduates of their programme, talk to current participants about entrepreneurship and take part in the 120km March of Peace in tribute to the victims of genocide in Bosnia.
I am seeking to raise as much money as possible via sponsorship to enable WfWI to help more women rebuild their lives. This in turn builds stronger families and communities that ultimately can change the course of a nation.
The path of the march in Bosnia, first organized in 2006, coincides with the one taken in July 1995 by thousands of refugees trying to escape certain death when the enclave of Srebrenica was taken over by the army of Republika Srpska. It is estimated that more than 8,000 people died in their attempts to flee through the woods and across the hills to reach free territory.
The Peace March is done in the opposite direction, from Nezuk to Potocari, a symbolic return to Srebrenica. I will be walking the 120km route over 3 days starting on July 8 with a view to raising as much sponsorship money as possible, to help WfWI extend the reach of their work in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
I would be so grateful if you would sponsor me for whatever you can for this endeavor. Please join me in lending your generous support to some of the women who need it most.
PS You can now read my personal picture diary taken during the March of Peace here on Refinery29 - http://www.refinery29.com/2013/08/50461/space-nk-nicky-kinnaird-bosnia#slide-1
Or on my blog - http://uk.spacenk.com/blog/Nickys_Blog.html
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