Peace Boat sails around the world empowering participants and building people-to-people connections beyond borders. 170 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) have travelled onboard giving testimony of their tragic experiences, in partnership with the Nobel Peace Award winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Youth from Palestine and Israel, at first struggling to shake hands, realized after weeks together at sea the importance of direct connections, and launched an award-winning collaboration to enable more youth from both communities to meet. Youth from the frontlines of the climate crisis and marine degradation have been bringing their messages to the world for urgent action. Aid goods have been personally delivered to 800 vulnerable communities benefiting hundreds of thousands of global citizens. Countless connections have been created and incredible peace initiatives born.
Since 1983, and today guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Peace Boat has been offering lifelong educational opportunities, facilitating friendships around the world and coordinating advocacy campaigns for peace including nuclear disarmament, conflict prevention and mine abolition. Over 80,000 participants have joined our voyages, creating borderless friendships and connections through exchange with onboard guest educators, partners in ports of call, and other participants. Peace Boat is building Ecoship, a game-changing sustainable and low carbon ship as the platform for future voyages.
Now, Peace Boat is facing an unprecedented challenge. As an NGO which depends on the income from voyages for all its advocacy, campaigns and projects, the impact of the pandemic has been far too great. Six voyages have had to be cancelled so far. Over the years, we have faced many challenges and there were times when it seemed as though the challenges were too great, but our determination to provide a space to build a better world and the support from our friends gave Peace Boat the strength to continue. And today, in this deep crisis, we turn to our friends around the world for support.
In a digitized post-pandemic world, a safe space for face-to-face contact with others will be even more important to our work for a peaceful and sustainable world.
For this reason, we are launching an online fundraising drive, reaching out to our friends and supporters around the world to ask for their generous cooperation during these difficult times.
On August 3, this crowdfunding campaign started on GoFundMe Charity. We would gratefully appreciate any support which may be possible, no matter how small. If financial assistance is not an option, helping to spread the word on social media or with your network, or joining related online events throughout August, would also be an enormous support.
Global Crowdfunding Campaign: #SupportPeaceBoat
Journey with Peace Boat virtually - join our online event series
As part of this campaign, we will be holding a series of exciting online events throughout this month with many of our partners, guest educators, former staff members and friends from around the world. Please follow our dedicated social media accounts to keep up to date with the latest information and see how you can get involved!
First Special Event: Traveling through Peace Boat's voyages, past to present
August 3, 8 pm New York / August 4, 9 am Tokyo
Join us live online - click here to register interest and for full details.
The event will also be streamed live on YouTube - the link will be shared on this page on the day.
With your support, we will all be able to overcome this great challenge and continue to sail for a sustainable future!