The Humanity Project today is going global in a new way. And this is only the beginning. We’re proud to announce another new partnership, this time with a fellow nonprofit half a world away: the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources, or E-ERA. This respected organization is non-political, non-governmental, non-religious. E-ERA offers a variety of programs to improve life for people in North Africa with the focus on youth empowerment and leadership. They provide civic education, professional development and promote youth volunteerism as well as cross-cultural understanding. You may recall that I wrote a blog back in May about my visit to the Middle East, including Egypt, during the Arab Spring. It was an amazing experience. And I came away with another powerful reason to believe that all human beings are fundamentally the same, divided by relatively superficial differences over things like religion, politics, clothing and customs. The Humanity Project is based on the idea that society improves by improving individuals — and that one of the best ways to do that is to persuade more individuals to focus on making their own unique contributions to the human race, for the human race. In other words, we become more fully functioning human beings by adopting a kind of team spirit about humanity, working to share our talents and experience not just for “me” but rather for the good of “us.” That shift in perspective lifts us as individuals and allows us to accomplish more and to be more in many ways. But it’s based on a belief in our common humanity. And so the Humanity Project asked E-ERA to partner with us in an exchange of blogs and photos and more, all to help emphasize that commonality. Next week in this space, we’ll post the first blog written by E-ERA along with their pictures. It describes a challenging outdoor educational trip that taught Egyptian students about teamwork and perseverance. We think you’ll enjoy it. Meantime, our greetings and thanks to Dalia Khalil, E-ERA director, and to Sandra Nasr, E-ERA’s coordinator for the partnership with the Humanity Project. Working together, we can help people on both sides of the world to better understand that we have something important in common: we are all, in the end, people.
To create and implement innovative programs that teach children and adults how to use cooperation and social connection for individual development and grassroots community improvement