“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world,” the 5th century BC philosopher Socrates supposedly said. The idea of global citizenship is at the core of what dreamfly is striving to accomplish, which is to create a human connection that transcends race, religion, culture, and politics.
dreamfly has been gratified to see examples of this connection come to life in our ongoing projects. In India we built the Bagnan High School computer lab, which brings together Hindu and Muslim students in the kind of opportunity their parents never had. In Rwanda, our continued sponsorship and expansion of the Cyingwa Primary School helps unite a community overcoming the ethnic strife that once tore their country apart.
Next up, we are looking to add a different geographical and cultural perspective to our budding global community. For the past several months, dreamfly has been evaluating options for expansion into Latin America (particularly South America) via a collaborative project with a local partner. This region features many countries with a rich, interesting, and vibrant history that have been victim to instability and strife, and as such, provide the kinds of opportunities we are looking to address. As with past dreamfly efforts, we are looking to do work in communities with a history of conflict and, with the level of funding we can provide, maximize the number of young people who would benefit. Most importantly, we are looking for on-the-ground partners with sterling reputations, track records of executing successful projects, and a philosophical alignment with our vision.
In the coming weeks and months, we hope to share exciting details about our progress with this initiative. For now, we are narrowing our search to a few key partners and are very excited about the interest and momentum this has generated within dreamfly. Click on the PDF icon below to read the Spanish-language document we have been distributing to NGOs and government agencies in Colombia to introduce our organization and mission, and request proposals for education/community-building projects.
To our supporters and sponsors, feel free to distribute the above document among your contacts (or contact us to request more specifically-targeted versions). We encourage you to be in touch, too, if you think you have another way to contribute to this effort. Please contact our team at info[at]dreamfly.org or contact Latin America project lead Jay Nargundkar directly at jnargundkar[at]thedreamfly.org. Your assistance in any form is invaluable; together we can continue to help more children dream bigger dreams.