Participation in an international conference


GCO participants with Dr Venkat Pulla

GCO participants from BiH with Dr Venkat Pulla

Members of the GCO community participated in an international conference held in Sarajevo in September 2011. Fedja Kulenovic, Jasmin Elezovic, Tomislav  Antunovic, Edi  Stipcevic, Alma Elezovic and Karen Fagerstrom were invited to provide a panel discussion at the conference entitled “Sarajevo Conversations”, which took place at the law school at University of Sarajevo. All of these GCO participants were active in planning and implementing the 2011 program. The title of the panel dicussion they presented was LEADERSHIP NARRATIVES:  PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY BUILDING AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS  DURING POST CONFLICT RECOVERY.

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MISSION

Global Children’s Organization (GCO) nurtures children and youth traumatized by intolerance, terrorism, or war by providing summer camps and on-going programs which help them and those who work with them regain hope for the future and prepare to be active participants in building a more peaceful world.

WHO WE ARE

Since 1993, the Global Children’s Organization has provided summer programs to children who have suffered as innocent victims of regional violence.  Our programs are planned, developed and implemented in collaboration and partnership with members of the  communities we serve. Staffed by volunteers from around the world,  GCO programs for children have been inspired by the vision that peace is a possibility, that hope is powerful and that what we do now does indeed matter.

WHAT WE DO

GCO enables children living in daily  proximity to war, intolerance or community violence to reclaim a part of their  childhood as they experience the safe and healing environment of our summer  programs.  GCO creates a safe haven and provides opportunities for play, creative self-expression and friendship. Children who may hold polarized and antagonistic views toward one another participate in a community at camp that respects differences, values collaborative effort and models non-violent resolution of conflict.  As participants live and learn alongside one another in a safe, nurturing environment, hearts, minds and souls are opened to understanding, trust and hope.

 Global Children’s Organization

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Los Angeles, California 90010
Phone:  (213) 368-8385

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