Collateral damage has come to mean something bad happening to people who got in the way of a military maneuver. I know that we numb with what is happening in Syria and realize that each of us struggles daily with trying to make sense with what is happening in the world. I have hope.
I’ve just returned from Jordan in the last week where I was able to visit with one of our partners, the Collateral Repair Project (CRP). CRP works directly with 5000 families. Consider trying to help 5000 families in your local community—finding food and shelter for them, providing training for new work, finding medical assistance and aiding in the never ending struggle with PTSD? What if you had to rotate food allowances each month for families, unwillingly having to deny some families sustenance? This is the work of CPR. While 5000 families seems a staggering number, it is small when one considers the close to 700,000 registered refugees in Jordan. There are a number of other Charter partners who are working with refugees and the students and faculty of some of our compassionate schools, especially the American Community School, are helping with various refugee projects.
I was in Jordan to work with eleven schools from the International Schools Group (ISG) with representation from five different countries. We spent three days developing realistic action plans that students and their teachers would bring back to their school leadership council and eventually put into compassionate action. These were mature plans that involved ways of promoting simple acts of kindness in their schools to complex ideas of assisting in refugee and guest worker programs sponsored by local agencies and UNICEF.
We have some exciting next steps that the Charter and ISG are working on and will hopefully be sharing within the next year. A hint: how can schools help spearhead the compassionate city movement? Stay tuned and if you, your organization or compassionate city want to be put in contact with Charter partners in Jordan, please contact us.
If you want to keep up with Syria and what is happening check out the website Syria Deeply. Syria Deeply is designed to provide you with a complete understanding of the Syrian conflict from all angles, including all the major players, issues and drivers of the civil war.
Marilyn Turkovich, Director
Charter for Compassion International
In Honor of Mother Earth
If you love documentary films, inspiring conversations, and transformational experiences, you won't want to miss our Contemplative Media Series. Charter of Compassion along with Compathos Foundation invites you to join us at the exciting new offshoot of Compathos – Films for the Planet – the best in transformational, environmental and social action films.
Compathos Contemplative Media Series is designed to cultivate informed citizens and resilient communities in an uncertain environment of fast media, negative and fake news. By bringing us together to be transformed by active listening and learning, and by reflecting on our own diverse stories - our hearts can be renewed to pursue our dreams for a more beautiful world, reframe our hope for positive solutions, and to respond to the call of collective action.
In the following months, we will be introducing unique films, film series and events designed to serve the Charter of Compassion world-wide community. We hope you can join us! Compathos has been working at the intersection of the arts and creativity, peace and compassion, and social change since 2009, by creating and sharing stories that inspire action, to bring positive change to the world. By harnessing compassion and “pathos” – the story that moves the viewer to empathy and action - we become actively, rather than passively, engaged and transformed through the art of film and storytelling.
Water is Life. Protect the Sacred
Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week is a 9 day global challenge to inspire acts of love, service, and compassion toward our Mother Earth and all life.
Beginning in 2017 on April 22nd and continuing through April 30th, Protect the Sacred Earth Week catalyzes the love human beings have for the Earth by bringing people together globally to participate in a playful competition of compassionate action.
In Earth Week, Players and Teams strive together to come up with fun, meaningful, and creative ways to develop regenerative practices that celebrate life’s interconnectivity, while cultivating a responsibility to protect and restore the Earth for future generations of life to come!
Let’s come together and celebrate all that we love on this beautiful planet, and allow this love to move us into unprecedented, unified compassionate action for our world! Sign up for Earth Week!
Join us on Upcoming Webinars
April 19, 8 am PT: Acting Out: The Critical State of Mother Earth at 8:00 AM PST with Chief Phil Lane Jr. (part of the Women and Girls Reaction to Response Series)
Chief Phil is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States. Learn more and register here.
May 4, 12 pm PT: Robin Youngson in a book Discussion From Hero to Healer (part of the Charter's Global Read Series)
If you are a social or environmental activist, reading this little book might be the best investment you ever make.
Here's the question: Why are we not making more progress on social and environmental issues? Instead, we are witnessing more poverty, more inequality, more chronic disease, more social breakdown, worsening pollution, and a growing climate crisis. Could it be that the strategies we employ as activists are actually sustaining the problems we’re trying to address?
With touching honesty and humility, author Robin Youngson shares the five biggest mistakes he made in a decade of campaigning, and how his counter-intuitive new strategies led to international success.
Help Us to Help Others
We want you to sign up or recommit as a member of the Charter for Compassion International. By becoming a member, you are supporting the Charter's core team effort's to provide tools and resources to people who believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world. This team of staff and volunteers organizes events, puts together resources, develops programming and more to help cities and other communities take the steps to develop and implement action plans to become more compassionate. Our campaign aims to welcome 2,000 new and returning members and garner $70,000 in dues in 2017. Also, this campaign kicks off our relationship with CommitChange—a cloud-based service that allows nonprofits and donors to work together on a single platform. Check out our new donate page.