Chechen Girls’ Summer Program

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Peacebuilding UK is raising funds for a summer program to support Chechen girls, which aims to complement the work of the Young Women’s Development project. Two amazing young women role models, a film-maker and non-formal educator from New York and a writer and journalist from London (photo below), are volunteering to come to Chechnya for up to two months over the summer to spend every day with girls from our program. Please click on the link above to visit our fundraising page to learn more. Thank you!
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The Power of Goodness

Trial training workshops with teachers have been conducted using stories from Power of Goodness, and those teachers have already used the stories in their lessons at school. Their feedback to date affirms that this resource together with th…e manual is a helpful tool for creating high quality lessons. The wide selection of stories on different topics greatly facilitates the teachers’ work in the classroom. Some of the feedback is below:

Photo: Trial training workshops with teachers have been conducted using stories from Power of Goodness, and those teachers have already used the stories in their lessons at school. Their feedback to date affirms that this resource together with the manual is a helpful tool for creating high quality lessons. The wide selection of stories on different topics greatly facilitates the teachers’ work in the classroom. Some of the feedback is below:Venera Minazova, Chechen State University:The book "Power of Goodness" has become so embedded in our personal and professional life that somehow it has become a benchmark for understanding and evaluating the many events happening to us and to others. The heroes in the stories have become friends to whom we so want to introduce more people. The more I conduct sessions on the same story, the more I marvel at the many different ways that the discussions on the story can go, and at the amazing range of emotions, thoughts and memories that the heroes of the story inspire in the listeners. Anna, Poselok Michurina:"For those who remember the war in Chechnya, the story “Neigbours” brings memories flooding back like an "emotional bomb". I welled up with tears, and I could hardly hold them back. I was pregnant during the war and gave birth to Khadija. I remembered how neighbours helped me. I remember staying in the basements and one of my neighbours falling to the ground despite the mud puddles during bombing raids. Thanks to God and her ingenuity she twice miraculously survived as splinters flew above her head, literally cutting her hair. I felt so sorry for her, sadly I no longer have these neighbours near me today, they have moved far away. Everyone left. I will work with these stories during tutor group periods with my class. I believe that the stories will touch the hearts and souls of the younger generation."Irina, Poselok Michurina: "I shed a few tears. The “Neighbours” story brings together nationalities and unites them. It is impossible to distinguish between nationalities! The story teaches respect for our neighbours, and people in general. I recalled how during the war a car drove down our street, and an Arab wrapped in a scarf asked: "Do any Russians live here?" Our neighbours answered "No!" and went on "the Russians are firing from the hills!" (Which meant ‘as you’re so bold, go and fight with the military, not with defenceless civilians’. I was so touched). Our Chechen neighbours guarded, protected and loved us. How well we lived".

Venera Minazova, Chechen State University: The book “Power of Goodness” has become so embedded in our personal and professional life that somehow it has become a benchmark for understanding and evaluating the many events happening to us and to others. The heroes in the stories have become friends to whom we so want to introduce more people. The more I conduct sessions on the same story, the more I marvel at the many different ways that the discussions on the story can go, and at the amazing range of emotions, thoughts and memories that the heroes of the story inspire in the listeners.

Anna, Poselok Michurina: “For those who remember the war in Chechnya, the story “Neigbours” brings memories flooding back like an “emotional bomb”. I welled up with tears, and I could hardly hold them back. I was pregnant during the war and gave birth to Khadija. I remembered how neighbours helped me. I remember staying in the basements and one of my neighbours falling to the ground despite the mud puddles during bombing raids. Thanks to God and her ingenuity she twice miraculously survived as splinters flew above her head, literally cutting her hair. I felt so sorry for her, sadly I no longer have these neighbours near me today, they have moved far away. Everyone left. I will work with these stories during tutor group periods with my class. I believe that the stories will touch the hearts and souls of the younger generation.”

Photo: Исмаил и Анзор внимательно слушают рассказ "Мечеть" на чеченском языке в Чеченскoм госуниверситетe. Хава читает его от души.Ismail and Anzor listen attentively to the story "Mosque" in the Chechen language at the Chechen State University. Hava reads it from the heart.
Irina, Poselok Michurina: “I shed a few tears. The “Neighbours” story brings together nationalities and unites them. It is impossible to distinguish between nationalities! The story teaches respect for our neighbours, and people in general. I recalled how during the war a car drove down our street, and an Arab wrapped in a scarf asked: “Do any Russians live here?” Our neighbours answered “No!” and went on “the Russians are firing from the hills!” (Which meant ‘as you’re so bold, go and fight with the military, not with defenceless civilians’. I was so touched). Our Chechen neighbours guarded, protected and loved us. How well we lived”.