Our project, entitled "Heal the Rift", intends to address the increasing tensions and polarization between the Islamic World and the West by correcting perspectives that stand in the way of peace and reconciliation. We have recently received a grant of $10,000 from the Kathryn Wasserman-Davis Foundation's Projects for Peace program. Since that time, we have made significant progress. Here is a list of our recent achievements:
* On top of the $10,000 we received from KWD, two like-minded NGOs, Bridges of Understanding and Americans for an Informed Democracy, have elected to sponsor our summer event: Heal the Rift 2008. In the coming months, we intend to build a large coalition of educational foundations, charities, student groups, socially-conscious corporations, and academic institutions.
* One of the most prominent Muslim American organizations in the country, The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has agreed to galvanize its vast network behind us and give us mainstream publicity.
* We have formally secured a venue for our summer event: Washington Square Park in Manhattan.
* The NY-branch of the London-based law firm, Linklaters, has agreed to do our legal work pro-bono. Consequently, we are now a non-profit entity incorporated in the State of New York. Through Linklaters, we have filed for federal 501(c)(3) status, and if successful, the 501(c)(3) status shall be retroactive to the day of incorporation, April 28, 2008.
* HTR has received the official endorsement of Afghanistan's ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Zahir Tanin.
* The Vermont-based Corporation "Life is Good" has agreed to provide HTR staff members with custom-made merchandise.
* Dawn, the largest English-speaking newspaper in Pakistan, has agreed to feature HTR when it suits the organization.