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Friendship Without Borders Charity Profile
Friendships Without Borders, Inc. is a program for resolution in areas of conflict and social deprivation, through the agencies of health care and education, achieving its goals through the creation of a community health care team concept, inter-community education, improved economic and career options and through inward investment, to sustain and re-empower the individual and the community.
The program is designed to initiate an awareness in self development and mutual fulfillment, in the development of career aspirations, job opportunities and the reaffirmation of the families' role in society. With the recruitment of a community health care team concept, the Social Capital will provide an affordable, accessible health care system. The communities embraced by this program will be in areas of social deprivation and residual social conflict - initially, in Ireland, North and South. The program will be implemented with the assistance and involvement of colleges with similar education facilities and shared objectives. Our long range goals anticipate the inclusion of other organizations with sensitivity to the cultural and historic diversity of the region. Later with goals achieved, the program can be extended into relevant areas in the European and other communities.
Long Term Objectives
1. A focus on continuing cross-border and inter-community exchange - education on conflict resolution - health and social exchange. The long range plans will include working with students and faculty from regional schools, and through the CDYC and the Senior Corps.
2. Shared Multi - Media Centre - A new multi media centre containing facilities for film making, multi screen cinema, journalism, theatre, video conferencing and workspace for investment and employment in the communcations industry which FWB is currently pursuing.
3. Potential US investors are being contacted with the assistance of the Baltimore World Trade Center, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and agencies from Northern Ireland e.g. NIIDB and others.
4. Film - The students will help to produce a short film on the potential of the project and how it can be developed - the film can also be used to explore the type of role they see for themselves in a new Ireland - they will use the facilities of the multi - media centre to express their ideas and develop their skills.
5. Newspaper - The students will produce a publication in newspaper format that will examine cultural progress and change - building a more wholesome society - to be used as part of the overall application to funding sources.
6. Video Conferencing - Video conferencing will be explored by the students, networking with others internationally - an important form of cross border communication.