The mission of the Tents of Hope project is to support a one-year process in which people respond as communities to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan by creating tents that are both unique works of art and ongoing focal points within communities for learning about, assisting and establishing relationships with the people of Sudan.
The tents are not answers in themselves. Rather, they are points of entry for more concrete forms of Darfur advocacy.
Since the launch of Tents of hope in 2004, the American Jewish World Service, the Save Darfur Coalition (of which JRF and the RRA are members) and other faith and non-profit groups have joined as participating organizations.
The structure of the Tents of Hope project is decentralized and temporary. It is a one-year project in which local communities are responsible for taking the initiative to shape the project both through the creation of the tents as works of art and the use of the tents as focal points for education, advocacy and fundraising for humanitarian assistance. National coordination is focused on giving support to these local efforts in such areas as the project website and the national event in Washington, DC November 7-9, 2008. JRF congregations sent tents to Washington to be shipped to Africa, and Rabbi Shawn Zevit represented our movement at the Interfaith service at the 6th and I Street Synagogue, Sunday Nov. 9, 2008.
For more information and to register for the Tents of hope event in washington go to http://www.tentsofhope.org/homepage.aspx
For outline of the weekend and national activities see
Photos from the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/18128473@N00/sets/72157609365941939/
Also see http://www.jrf.org/darfur