AWB efforts are invested in short term projects as well as long term ones, both could use your support. Here is a list of some of these projects:
The Jib Project (west bank)
We believe that with your help, together we can bring a new Dojo to life.
Aikido Without Borders is seeking donations to help establish an Aikido children’s and youth club in the Palestinian West Bank village of Jib. The Jib group needs 100m2 of mats and Aikido uniforms for 15 children.
The total cost comes to 2,259€.
The village of Jib is an ancient farming community located near Ramallah in the West Bank. AWB instructor Mr. Ghassan Elayan, has lived in Jib his whole life and wants to bring aikido to the children and youth of the village. Mr. Elayan is ready to initiate the program but lacks the resources to do so. Your support will bring the art of Aikido closer to the children of Jib.
The Teachers Training
This program is focused on building up a cadre of aikido teachers and youth leaders. We have trained several teachers who are now leading active aikido programs for youth and adults in Israel and the occupied territories of the West Bank.
AWB offers teaching in technical instruction, peace and leadership skills, and organizational management for men and women who wish to become professional aikido teachers.
The Young Leaders Program
This is our flagship program based upon three core teaching pillars of AWB: Aikido practice, Youth Leadership training, and Community Building.
Our goals for social change are:
• Forge new friendships in Israel and Palestine
• Train children and teenagers in conflict resolution and leadership
• Increase optimism and hope for the future
• Increase health and positive development for under-served youth
• Train Israeli and Palestinian adults to be youth leaders and aikido teachers
AWB believes that by bringing youth together to study aikido, learn to be leaders in their community, and spend time together as equals that we can achieve lasting change. AWB recruits teachers from Israel and Palestine and trains them to be teachers and youth leaders. Our unique curriculum emphasizes non-violent responses to conflict while training them in many areas of leadership.
Our conflict Resolution and Mediation program is focused on providing trainings throughout the year in the area of harmonious co-existence and conflict resolution. AWB holds regular conflict resolution and non-violent communication trainings for Israelis and Palestinians.