The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights and Running Chicken Combine Efforts to Host Gather to Give Fundraising Event

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Gather to Give fundraising event to support on the ground programs in Rwanda and Kenya

"...As an organization, we share their belief that change is best made by supporting the people who live and work in the areas we all serve.”

Washington DC based not-profit The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights and Bay Area based non-profit Running Chicken, today announced a partnership in hosting the first annual Gather to Give fundraising event. All ticket proceeds will directly support The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights and Running Chicken on the ground programs.

This year’s elevated pub-style event, will take place at the Brick Yard in San Francisco. The event will be held Thursday, March 10th – doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature a Sommelier-led hosted wine tasting, silent auction, delicious food, cocktails, a classy DJ, and great company. All ticket proceeds will go directly to The Educators' Institute for Human Rights and Running Chicken on the ground programs. No funds will be used to cover administrative costs.

The Educators' Institute for Human Rights (EIHR) provides on the ground teacher training in countries recovering from genocide or mass conflict. EIHR aims to provide teachers with specialized tools in human rights and genocide prevention education, empowering them to raise a more tolerant generation of students, and work toward a more peaceful future together. In addition to its on the ground trainings and support, EIHR has recently expanded its model and is evaluating ways to support educators working in unstable conditions, such as refugee camps. EIHR operates on the ground in Rwanda and Bosnia, and is making preparations toward similar efforts in Cambodia. Ticket sales from this years Gather to Give event will directly support EIHR’s work with Mahama Burundian Refugees Camp located in the Kirehe District of Rwanda, which will support the needs of the teachers working inside the refugee camp, providing children living in these camps with some continuity and hope for the future.

Running Chicken supports community-based development programs operating off a simple model which engages its partners in a collaborative process for identifying community needs and designing solutions with lasting impact. Running Chicken programs focus primarily on wraparound services for children and families, with an emphasis on education and health. Core projects include a home and resource center for orphans and vulnerable children, and a primary school feeding program. The organization also launches time-bound fundraising campaigns to support community-driven initiatives such as malaria education, insecticide-treated bed net distribution, and latrine and rainwater harvesting system installation. Ticket sales from this year's Gather to Give event will fund Running Chicken’s partnership project with Hope of Family, which provides wraparound support to families living in rural Rwanda, as well as ongoing support for the orphanage in Kenya.

“As an organization that was founded just six years ago, we understand the remarkable change that can be accomplished with the right vision, execution, and support,” stated Mark Gudgel, Executive Director of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to join forces with Running Chicken, who shares our commitment to creating and maintaining life-changing programs with minimal resources.”

“Running Chicken is pleased to partner with Educators Institute for Human Rights,” stated Jessica Chacon, of Running Chicken. "As an organization, we share their belief that change is best made by supporting the people who live and work in the areas we all serve.”

Tickets are now available; visit the following link to purchase tickets, or simply donate funds to help support these deserving programs. http://gathertogive.mydagsite.com/

About Educators’ Institute for Human Rights
The Educators' Institute for Human Rights (EIHR) provides on the ground teacher training in countries recovering from genocide or mass conflict. Our mission is to provide teachers with specialized tools in human rights and genocide prevention education, empowering them to raise a more tolerant generation of students. EIHR works on the ground in Rwanda and Bosnia, with plans to move into Cambodia in 2016. EIHR staff regularly contributes or participates in genocide or human rights focused events occurring throughout the world.

The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights is actively seeking supporters. For media or sponsorship inquiries, please contact: info(at)eihr(dot)org

About Running Chicken
Running Chicken helps high poverty communities kick start community identified, designed, and owned development projects. Our mission is to provide support and resources so that grassroots innovations for community improvement can be developed, tested, implemented, and ultimately shared with others in similar contexts. We currently work in Kenya and Rwanda. Visit runningchicken.org

Running Chicken is actively seeking supporters. For media or sponsorship inquiries, please contact: info(at)runningchicken(dot)org

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