Imagine your city
– Inspired by the imagine Chicago movement
Imagine a city where…
young people are leading the way forward
public schools are thriving community learning centers
neighborhoods and institutions work together to share ideas and resources.
all citizens recognize and apply their talents to create a positive future for themselves and their community
your dream city
what do you imagine and hope for your city?
who can work with you to bring your vision to life?
what will you dare to create?
can you be a catalyst for creative connections?
can you be part of a self-organizing team to make things happen?
People to people International-Europe
we want to hear about your dreams
we want to support you as you deliver transformation
together we can do it.
Doing something is better than doing nothing at all – every little bit helps, as the saying goes.
It is amazing how several small acts of kindness can deliver huge benefits to communities. One person might choose to donate €1 each month. Another individual will support a youth project, such as scouting, dedicating time each month. People that like to run will raise money for a great cause as they participate in their local 20K or Marathon. There are groups of families that undertake community projects together. This helps build a community, friendships and provides an opportunity for a family to deliver a community service together.
Please do something! It is time to engage and not simply say “I just don’t know how to get started”. Find a local cause that you can connect with. Are you passionate about the environment, the elderly, children with problems, animal welfare, the state of our buildings, litter on the streets, weeds growing everywhere, graffiti in the wrong places, food waste, composting, the circular economy, the arts, or is your passion sport or education? Whatever it is, other people will feel the same way. Connecting with like-minded people ensures that there is a bond and an energy to build on.
There is so much to be done everywhere you look. There are many organizations, associations and opportunities that would benefit from some help. It is not always about money, although money does help to pay for some much-needed resources. And, if collecting funds or making a financial donation works best for you – that is a very welcome something.
If you’re stuck for ideas about what you can do, please do connect and we will do our very best to guide you. PTPI is making every effort to be a connecting NGO for the many opportunities to contribute, and the many needs that communities have. Just remember doing what we can, is preferable to doing nothing at all. Our community will be better off when we are all doing what we can.
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.
The 169 targets contained within those goals, are a fabulous roadmap to the future. These goals are being adopted by both the public and private sectors. They provide business and industry a great platform to measure their sustainability, as well as their contribution to the planet and humanity.
For PTPI Europe, our ability to have a meaningful impact will happen when our chapters align their activities with SDGs. This means in reality that we have to take a long view during our thinking and planning. We plan to register in accordance with the UN SDG platform, the things we do, as a way of demonstrating our commitment to people, the plant and peace. This means that we must prove our commitment through concrete initiatives.
The initiatives need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource-based, with Time-based deliverables.
We are fortunate, in that there are some key people in our network that have experience with SDG type projects, and we shall introduce them to you soon. We shall be making contact with specific chapters since we know those that are engaged with SDG type projects. During the European Conference this September, alignment to the SDGs will be discussed.
Sustainability is the most important responsibility we all have as global citizens (sustainability being defined as environmental, economic and social impact), and this gives us a unique edge over other humanitarian organizations.
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs were developed by the United Nations Foundation. The 17 goals and the 169 targets contained within those goals, are a fabulous roadmap to the future. These goals are being adopted by both the public and private sectors. The goals allow business and industry to have a common platform and measurement criteria of their sustainability, as well as their contribution to the planet and humanity.
There are a number of PTPI chapters that already use the SDGs as a way of connecting with important Stakeholders.
For, Demba Kandeh, President, People to People International – The Gambia, West Africa, this is her focus:
• We are working on Global Volunteerism (Community Service) Cultural Performance/Activities (SDG Goal 11)
• Media Conversation (Peace Building, Leadership, Volunteerism and Cultural diversity.) (SDG Goal 16)
• Community Peer Educators’ Mentor-ship on peace Building, leadership & Cultural & diversity exchange programs. (SDG Goal 4)
• Panel Discussion on Peace building & Cultural diversity with concerned Stakeholders and Major Community groups (SDG Goal 10)
The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:
GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
To the Goals
The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It’s known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.