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34connect 2016 Would you think Heaven could be so small a thing as a lit window on the hills at night. Helen Waddell When Prince Charles visited our residential center in 2015 he quoted Helen Waddells poem and said In Corrymeela for fty years you have been that lit window on the hill you have given peace a home. He also paid tribute to our founder Ray Davey whose vision ofpeacewasborneoutofthedevastationofwar.Raywasa chaplain who as a prisoner of war witnessed the destruction of Dresden under Allied bombing and was profoundly changed. Before The Troubles Corrymeela was formed before The Troubles though our work quickly became shaped by them. We have a rich history of welcoming individuals and groups from across Ireland to engage in dialogue and community-building at both the residential center in Ballycastle and through programs in local areas. We welcome 10000 people a year from youth and school groups family and community organizations faith communities political parties security forces ex-combatants and people directly impacted by the conict in Northern Ireland and are viewed as a safe space for all. Because of Corrymeelas international reputation for peace-building hundreds of visitors come to Corrymeela each year from all around the world to learn from our experience. Since the late seventies The Ireland Funds have been a faithful supporter of our work. More recently the commitment of the current American Ireland Fund Chairman John Fitzpatrick and specic nancial support through the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund has been a huge boost to our work. In addition to capital projects including classrooms recreation space and a childrens play park The Ireland Funds have supported programs in forgiveness educa- tion youth work and empowering women. The Support of The Ireland Funds To highlight one example The Ireland Funds support for our SEED Program over a number of years has transformed many young lives. It brings together 18-25 year olds from difcult backgrounds to explore identity self-care conict and leadership. We have found that when they understand their own potential they are more likely to take up opportunities in employ- ment and education and not drift into unemployment crime or paramilitary groups. SEED matches the young people with an individual mentor working in an area they are interested in. This is a radical process for young people because it gives them the freedom and power to make choices and live those choices. A Shared Society A Lit Window Returning to Prince Charles and the lit window on the hill beyond the poetry we could not switch on the lights without support from around the world. The Ireland Funds through their long association with Corrymeela have enabled us to be a place where imagination is red and enthusiasm and hope kindled in the next genera- tions. Thousands of young people from Corrymeela have developed their hope and vision for a shared society and gone on to express this through work choices that support a safer inclusive and more sustainable society in Ireland and elsewhere. We thank you. Mark McCleary Corrymeela CORRYMEELA