After several years of valiantly trying to put together a complete delegation, GCJ acknowledges that we just haven’t gotten a sufficient number of delegates to support a full Journey experience. A combination of factors such as the uncertain and difficult economy, concerns about travel in light of environmental impacts, stability in central Africa, and other unknowns along with the personal challenges of the volunteer Project Directors pulling then off the delegations have all combined to bring us to this choice point. There will not be an official GCJ Burundi delegation — thought we are supportig the efforts of several committed delegates in their putting together a small exploration, which will be supported and hosted by our partner Prosper Ndbashuriye and his organization, JRMD (Youth in Construction in a World of Destruction).
In the meantime GCJ is exploring the development of other aspects of our work and mission:
–mentoring other groups to incorporate aspects of our model and insights from our experiences
–writing about grassroots citizen diplomacy
–localizing the Journeys by developing relationships across difference in the local community