FOUNDERS LETTER

CONNECTING WITH THOSE WHO SHARE OUR COMMON HUMANITY

Beacon Inc is dedicated to embracing the diversity in Africa and the rest of the world. In our community we find an increasingly diverse population with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, age and other social identities and strive to promote an environment that is respectful of our differences. In this regard, we are dedicated to creating empowering and sustaining a community that is built on trust and u universal commitment to respect for all, irrespective of backgrounds, experiences and identities and which welcomes and encourages the variety of inclusive human experience.

This way we able to promote global citizenship.” someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices” This growing global identity in large part is made possible by the forces of modern information, communications technologies. In increasing way these technologies are strengthening our ability to connect to the rest of the world. Asa result of living in a globalized world, we understand that we have an added layer of responsibility; we also are responsible for being members of a world-wide community of people who share the same global identity that we have.

We may not yet be fully awakened to this new layer of responsibility, but it is there waiting to be grasped. The major challenge that we face in the millennium is to embrace our global way of being and build a sustainable valuesbased world community. Values that our leaders have been advocating for the past years which include human rights, environmental protection, religious pluralism, gender equity, sustainable worldwide economic growth, poverty alleviation, prevention of conflicts between countries and communities, humanitarian assistance and preservation of cultural diversity.

We as Beacon Inc, see that the missing link in achieving global citizenship is inaccessibility of information e.g. (around sexual health, family planning, human rights, climate change,), marginalization of vulnerable groups in society, poor standards of education, inequality based on gender, social identity, religion and disability. This are the factors that are standing in our way in achieving an inclusive society that ensures peaceful co-existence of everyone in the society.

Beacon Chat initiative in achieving global citizenship, sees the need for a cadre of citizen leaders who can play activists roles in efforts to build our emerging world community. Such global citizenship can take many forms, including advocating, at the local and global level for programmatic solutions that address the set global problems.

Most of us on the path to global citizenship are still somewhere at the beginning of our journey. Our eyes opened and our consciousness raised. Instinctively, we feel a connection with others around the world, yet we lack the adequate tools, resources, and support to act on our vision. Our ways of thinking and being are still colored by the trapping of old allegiances and ways of seeing things that no longer are as valid as they used to be. Using Beacon Chat, you take a step ahead, in addressing as well as implementing change at the local level inclusive of the vulnerable groups connecting with others who have had the longing to pull back the veil that keeps us from more clearly seeing the world as a whole.

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