Sailing 4 Social Innovation: Supporting Panama’s Kuna Indigenous Community

SAILINF4SOCIALTogether with Peace Boat US’s Music & Art Peace Academy (MAPA), non-profit organizations Universal Models for Peace, Mythic Bridge, Parties4Peace, and DCTV will undertake a unique project that supports both sustainable development projects in Panama’s indigenous Kuna community, and travel-learning opportunities for youth from the NYC area, onboard Peace Boat’s 88th Global Voyage between Mexico and Panama (October 24-29, 2015). The NYC students will practice videography and produce a short documentary about their experience onboard the Peace Boat and meeting and learning about the Kuna people during an exchange program in Panama. At the same time, the four partnering NGOs are fundraising in partnership with the Kuna community for various construction materials requested by them; another aspect about which the students will focus on and learn about. We invite you to join us in this project to foster sustainable development and travel-based experiential learning in arts and culture for young people from the NYC area!

Why is this important?
Historically, the Kuna indigenous community has been marginalized within Panama, and currently face various challenges in improving the living conditions of the population.  Of particular concern to Kuna community leaders are conditions including poor sanitation, lack of waste disposal systems for latrines, and lack of proper roads. During our visit to the Kuna indigenous village this fall, we will support the Kuna community in sustainable development projects addressing these issues.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact Emilie McGlone (Director, Peace Boat US) at:

More info about the non-profit partner organizations based in New York City:

Parties 4 Peace is a non-profit event production and fundraising organization that hosts music and art events to support various global initiatives focused on education, sustainability, equality, and disaster relief. P4P unites people to create a culture of peace through dance and music, emphasizing collaborations with those who seek the platform to make a difference. Peace Boat US works to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism and cooperation. We achieve this through programs in which people from the US and around the world participate in voyages onboard the Peace Boat, our Japan-based partner organization and one of the most unique and creative peace-building initiatives in the world.

Universal Models for Peace is a non-profit organization made up of a network of fashion and media experts working together to help generate models of sustainable solutions to current local and global issues. By bridging efforts and creating partnerships from the world of both art and commerce UMP uses its vast network of leaders in fashion, music, film and finance to help to highlight efforts of organizations, companies, and individuals committed to creating partnerships which honor the Global Compact and the realization of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The mission of Mythic Bridge is a non-profit organization created to provide hands-on, narrative filmmaking education to at-risk youth in NYC who are dealing with financial, emotional, physical, and/or situational hardships.    The program helps these kids transform their lives as they come to understand the power of storytelling/filmmaking as a mechanism for self-discovery, empowerment, and healing, develop skills and work habits that they can carry with them beyond their experience at Mythic Bridge. We strengthen their resilience, as evidenced by improved self-confidence and engagement in the community.

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc. (DCTV) is a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources, and by creating outstanding documentary productions, with the belief that diversity of expression strengthens our democracy and enhances civil society.  DCTV’s PRO-TV is the largest and most honored free media arts training program for disadvantaged youth in the country.  For decades PRO-TV has improved the lives and futures of urban youth by giving them opportunities to attain success in digital media production, professional development, leadership, public speaking, higher education, and the job market.