How It All Began
Friends Without Borders is an amazing story of what can happen when very dedicated people join forces to achieve something bigger than themselves.
The whole thing began by accident. John Silliphant and Mark Peters had come to India to give their full selves in service for an entire year. When their visas required them to leave India, they used the opportunity to gather letters from the kids of India to bring to the kids of Pakistan.
They quickly realized that they were on to something very significant. The response they received was overwhelming. Kids loved writing these letters, and the amount of love poured into each and every letter was priceless. Not only were these letters leaving deep and lasting impressions on the kids who were writing them, but it was obvious that these letters were going to make deep and lasting impressions when they were received.
The letters being collected were pure gold.
The reception they received was also phenomenal. In just a matter of weeks, they had collected tens of thousands of letters, and were being covered all over the media. Everyone loved the idea. It wasn't long before they realized that if one letter could make a small difference in the world, than the more letters they could collect, the bigger the impact. What if they could get all the kids of both nations to write to one another, effectively connecting an entire generation of kids? Could this be a new approach to world peace?
But how to get this mass participation?
Maria Durana, a Fulbright scholar, was also in India, giving her time in service to various projects. She recognized the enormous potential in this project and joined in. The team was growing stronger.
Two friends from CharityFocus, Mark Jacobs and Yoo-Mi Lee, also came to India to lend their support to various service projects. They too, saw the potential in this initiative and signed on. Very soon, this small team began to do the impossible - to grow this effort into a movement that would sweep both nations in just a few months' time.
It's only because of all the dedicated people who have come together to share in a common dream that it became the phenomenon that it has been.
And in truth, the dream is really just beginning.
What are we capable of when we come together to do something selfless and beautiful? There's only one way to find out!
|It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another. -- M.K. Gandhi|