The foundation's projects are supported by a variety of diplomatic, educational, corporate, and community organizations that have included the national governments, UN/UNESCO, major corporations, sister foundations, associations, and universities around the world.
In the past decade, the Foundation has provided $3 million to subsidize international exchange and relief projects worldwide. However the foundation's main work is NOT as a grant making organization; FAF is known for low cost, high quality facilitation and development of international cultural exchanges and voluntourism projects of all kinds, the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and a variety of music based ensembles dedicated to promoting peace and UN goals through their concerts.
The foundation was active in the 1990's and through early 2001 working to establish youth based reconciliation in the Balkans after the wars there. Please visit this link and see the videos chronicling a couple of those events. For other information on the project, visit our Archives Section on this site.
From 2002 - 2005, the foundation devoted itself to national service by leading healing retreats for families of 9/11 victims and later Katrina survivors through major funding from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Rotary International, The American Red Cross, Hitachi USA, and many others. FAF's major commendations for its service came from the President, US Senate, and Mayor of New Orleans (where a day was named ion honor of our youth symphony for its tireless efforts over several visits there), among many others, all chronicled elsewhere on this site.
The foundation assisted with the planning of the 61st annual UN Department of Public Information, Nongovernmental Organizations Conference at UNESCO in September 2008 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it featured over 2000 delegates. The foundation also helped construct and facilitate a new, international sister cities relationship, and hosted nearly 1000 youth delegates at the 5th annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations during its own 35th anniversary celebrations.
Currently, the foundation is working to revitalize its Balkan youth reconciliation project, this time in the Middle East. The program, called ARP (Art, Reconciliation, then Peace) is slated to premiere in Amman, Jordan in collaboration with the Performing Arts Center there, later in 2009.
A portion of each individual participant's tour cost may at times be subsidized by invitation, sponsorship, or foundation support.
Further, a small portion of the tour cost may be tax deductible.
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