Today, Tuesday, November 28, is giving #GivingTuesday. It’s a day to support efforts that bring about important social change. Many not-for-profits are participating, including the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. (Forage Center). I serve as president of the center.
The Forage Center was established in 2015 to advance educational efforts to train individuals interested in working to alleviate suffering in humanitarian and conflict environments. We bring together college students and professionals to engage in educational simulations and field activities that build skills for working in complex emergencies: situations where this often both a conflict and human disaster unfolding, such as a civil war and hurricane.
We are a small group. All of the board members and staff volunteer their time to put on a full-scale 4-day simulation in Florida that replicates working in a conflict zone. You can learn about our past events including our most recent March 2017 simulation here and here.
As a 501c3 corporation, any donations that you make are tax deductible. We run a bare bones operation, working virtually, and keeping our costs low for students who enroll. However, we are seeking to increase our offerings in 2018 and could benefit from more financial support.