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Project presentation

PROJECT PRESENTATION

Solidarhumanity is a project of travelling workshops that will link together children of the world. It aims to inspire in children, as well as in the grown-ups surrounding them, the recognition and the respect of the richness and the cultural diversity of each people as the foundation of peace-building. This is what UNESCO calls intercultural understanding.

These workshops cater to children between 8 and 12. The main literary support will be Saint-Exupéry’s work, The Little Prince.

The founder and project bearer plans to visit some 50 different schools during a motorcycle world tour starting with greater Geneva.

This dynamic approach will make it possible to collect and to share children’s testimonies from one end of the planet to the other.

The journey will start in September 2019 with the African continent and will link together the following main towns and regions: greater Geneva, Madrid, Tangier, Dakar, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Abuja, Yaoundé, Libreville, Brazzaville, Windhoek, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Nairobi, Addis Ababa.

This project is in line with target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Among these goals are the promotion of world citizenship, the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, and the appreciation of cultural diversity.

The collected material will be useful to validate on the field existing educational manuals and guides dedicated to the promotion of world citizenship and a culture of peace.

Solidarhumanity is a project of Ushagram Suisse (a tax exempt recognised public charity supported by Municipalities of Canton Geneva) in collaboration with the Henry Dunant University College in Geneva and supported by the BICE (Intl. Catholic Child Bureau) and the Observatory of Diversity and Cultural Rights, Fribourg, Switzerland. This action is an initiative within the International Decade on the Rapprochement of Cultures and inspired by its strategy. More on the UNESCO page.

Departure: September 2019. 1st phase: Africa.

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Presentation flyer (French)

 

The partners

THE PARTNERS

The existing partners

> Ushagram Suisse Association : 20 years of rural development, humanitarian aid and intercultural dialogue; initiator and project bearer

> The Henry Dunant University College : University level Training courses for non-governmental and governmental human rights stakeholders, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO. The  CUHD puts his network and his knowhow at the disposal of the project.

The BICE: International Catholic Child Bureau, since 1948, present in 66 countries

> Observatoire de la diversité et des droits culturels, Fribourg, Suisse

> UNESCO Chair of the University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain, “Democratic citizenship and cultural freedom

 

DO YOU FEEL LIKE BECOMING A PARTNER OF THIS PROJECT?

Become partner of the SOLIDARHUMANITY project by providing equipment, offering services, your expertise or funds! 
The visibility of your action will outreach

  • the school children, their parents and families, the educators as well as the public related to the participating educational institutions
  • the persons related to the NGOs and Internatioanl Organisations involved in the project
  • all person impacted via the communication campaign which will be set-up and pursued
  • some 20 interest groups and their 50 000 members (social networks)
  • and more to come!

We need you too!

GET INVOLVED!

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To carry out this project, we need your participation, whether in the form of skills, services, time or of course, finances. If you have ideas, please contact us or ask us what we need.

We could use the assistance of an educator for the pedagogical development, of an illustrator for the illustrations of the project and of a project manager. If you have other skills to offer, do check out the diagramm here and see if there is anything there that suits you.

Your donation can be one time or recurring. In Switzerland in can be deducted from your income tax. Solidarhumanity is a projet of the Association Ushagram Suisse, a tax-exempt recognised public charity supported by the Municipalities of the Geneva Canton.

Are you a company, a foundation or an institution? Do contact us!

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Relevant documents for download >>>

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Bank details:

Ushagram Suisse, PO Box 138, 1211 Geneva 12.
Crédit Suisse, IBAN: CH27 0483 5145 4781 3100 1, BIC/SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A, Clearing/CB : 4835

The context

THE CONTEXT

The founder of the Solidarhumanity project, tells us how the project originated, the events and the reflections that gave it birth.

“Landing in Geneva (French speaking Switzerland) in december 2000 after 7 years of German speaking Switzerland, I quickly met people who opened for me the rather closed door to Human rights NGOs (non governmental organisation). For a third party, I also setup a fair trade business importing handicraft goods mostly coming from India that were sold to World Shops in the equitable marketing networks. I worked some 10 years in a spanish cum french speaking NGO dedicated to give Human Rights training to indigenous people of Latin America and Africa, one year for an NGO dedicated to the Rights of the Child, one year for Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) – Switzerland, and finally two and a half years for the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). Some of these organisations could give me access to the UN Palace and to see this universe closely from inside. A host of enriching experiences, sometimes really hard.

To make it short, human rights generally stop at the doors of NGOs. More often than not, salaries can be ridiculously low, conditions precarious and expectations excessively high. This is not to speak of the human factor, which sometimes can be quite surprising – to say the least – in an environment where one would expect – wrongly so – more conscience, more generosity, more greatness of soul, more maturity.

However I am really glad to have been able to be part of this environment and to have been given the opportunity to play my part. Actually I am admirative of the work NGOs are doing. Most of them are doing remarkable work, plodding relentlessly, often with very little means.

Thus, speaking of the context, coming from a monastical environment of selfless service and having abandoned the religious robes in order to live a “normal” life, through the Human Right’s environment, I attempted to combine my inner aspirations that were left unchanged with my outer existence. I have been enriched and learnt a lot. At the same time I reached a limit and felt a sense of uncompleteness. This led me to question and completely reconsider my existence in Europe and tofind a new model. What was the agenda? Shaping my destiny, coming closer to the field in order to be useful in an concrete manner.

Then came also my love of adventure motorcycling and of travel. In a world that is withdrawing upon itself, I intended to contribute to open roads of understanding.  Today the project has matured and transformed. The personalities advising me and the institutions supporting it have given it a scope that goes beyond the person at the origin of the idea: inspire the recognition and the respect of the rich cultural diversity of each people as basis for the building of a culture of peace – what the Unesco calls intercultural undestanding.

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The founder

THE FOUNDER

africa | philosophers | road | india | renunciation | return | lay life

For those who wish to know the story… First projects originate from individuals. Then they outgrow the persons and acquire their independence.

Born of a catholic mother and a jewish father, both of them atheists and non believers, Jacques Albohair spends the first 4 years of his life in subsaharian Africa, in Dakar and in Abidjan where he is pampered by africanJA-AFRICA nannies. Back in greater Paris, he has some difficulties finding his bearings and finds himself several times imploring this unknown god which is not part of his education but whon he nevertheless asks to save him.

JA-ADOAs a young adolescent, he discovers the works of existentialist philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Karl Jaspers but also reads “The Great Initiates” of Edouard Schuré, among others. Very soon he understands the limitations of such philosphies and seeks another message.
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He thus comes across the work of J. Krishnamurti, the contemporary indian philosopher. For him, it is a true revelation. From the back of the classroom, he reads “To liberate oneself from the known”, hoping secretely to liberate himself from all the, to him, inadequate or incomplete information accumulated at school.

The road. 2 years before the baccalaureate, he decides to go hitch-hiking to Scandinavia searching for real philosophers actually living what he was discovering with wonder in books. It was the time of flower power, of hippies, of the Beatles, of the migrations towards India, of Woodstock, of Ravi Shankar and of the May 1968 student revolution in France. He sets out with a guitar in hand, a small shoulder bag, 2 books and 300 french francs in the pocket.

JA-ADO-INIndia. he quickly realises that it is not with those grass smoking drop-outs that were oozing a pseudo indianising philosophy that he will find what he seeks. He hits the road again, this time heading south, until he is picked up in the middle of a rainy night on some secondary roadside in Italy by the man who became my first mentor. He discover yoga and learn the basics of indian spirituality and with him travel for the first time to India with 16. During 8 years he spends the 6 winter months in India and the 6 summer months in Italy. During this period he travels to India twice overland, by public local transport, prefiguring what he plans to do this time under different circumstances.

With 24, he decides to settle down to the average middle class dream, but cannot resist to say goodbye to India beforehand. He leaves for a 3 week visit and stays this time 6 continuous years. On the 5th year, he meets a spiritual master and takes the monastic vows. Meanwhile he becomes an expert in Indology and Hindusim, studies sanscrit and the sacred indian scriptures, reads the Bible, the Quran and the mystics of several religions.
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JA-ARNOReturning. His master sends him back to the West to speak out but also to open the road for her future visits, and lay the foundation of her european centres. He is then 30 when he returns to the West in late 1984 with the renunciant’s robes. He lives precariously and gives his first public talks in the West, organises his first workshops.

Ministry. During 8 years, as spokesman and interpretor of his master, he travels extensively throughout Europe and also sets up and spreads his own network of talks in several languages. All the while, confronted with the human nature, he gradually matures and decides to give up the robes and become a  layman and to embrace my humaneness in all its fragility and all its contradictions.

Geneva. Human Rights Training activity dedicated to indigenous leader women of Latin America.

Geneva. Human Rights Training activity dedicated to indigenous leader women of Latin America.

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Return to lay life. In 1993, he is nearly 40 and integrates society and wordly life, marries and later settles down in Switzerland. In 2000, he separates and moves to Geneva to work in various Human Rights and humanitarian organisations.

In 2014, the project idea is born in his mind. As far as the complexity of today’s world allows, he decides to become master of his destiny. In 2019, the brainchild has matured and a new cycle starts… top_arrow_icon